While we certainly respect and admire anyone who serves in the Armed Forces, you don’t have to be a soldier to benefit from some of the military’s finest innovations. In fact, much of the gear that was once exclusive to the likes of the Army, Marines, Air Force, and Navy can now be purchased by civilians through the manufacturers or at surplus shops. Better still, some military-derived materials are incorporated into a wealth of excellent everyday carry gear. Things like ballistic nylon and aerospace-grade aluminum are now widely available for use by the general public. And that’s what this week’s pocket dump is all about: civilian gear inspired by and borrowing from things the military helped to create and perfect.
RVCA Ballistic Magic Wallet
Wrapped in lightweight, water-resistant ballistic nylon, this front-pocket wallet can hold 6+ cards and a wad of cash while still fitting comfortably in your front pocket. And while it looks like a run-of-the-mill card carrier, it’s actually a cleverly-formatted bifold with a handy magnetic closure to keep everything in order when you aren’t using it.
Gerber Kettlebell Folding Knife
Measuring at just 6.2″ overall (with a 2.5″ blade), the Gerber Kettlebell is one of the most handsome and stylish compact folding knives we’ve come across in the recent past. But it offers up a lot more than just style with its 7Cr17MoV stainless steel blade, aerospace-grade anodized aluminum handle scale, and beefy frame lock. Not bad for a remarkably small EDC folder.
Prometheus Lights Beta-QRV2 Flashlight
Equipped with a handy quick-release keychain attachment, this is one of the best EDC flashlights we’ve ever laid eyes upon — which is only truer when you consider that this miniature torch can run for up to 4 hours straight and puts out up to 60 lumens. What’s perhaps even more impressive, however, is the number of battery chemistries it works with, including AAA alkaline, lithium, or NiMH.
Jack Mason A101 Aviator Watch
Inspired by the instrument gauges found within the cockpit of an aircraft, Jack Mason’s A101 Aviator Watch is one of the most handsome minimalist timepieces out there. It also benefits from a reliable Japanese quartz movement, hidden away beneath a mineral crystal and its stainless steel case. Plus, it’s water resistant to 100 meters, features SuperLuminova markings on its face and hands, and comes with a handsome nylon strap.
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