Coyote brown (or just “coyote” for short) has become a staple of both the everyday carry and tactical gear communities. And while most folks are familiar with this color for its use in desert-focused military gear, the origin can actually be traced back to the world of fashion. You see, back in 1981, Ralph Lauren — the lauded fashion label — introduced its now-legendary Santa Fe collection, which was inspired by the American Southwest and drew heavily from the history and topography of the area. Included in this collection was a series of color swatches used in the collection. As it turns out, code “SF11B” — now known colloquially as “coyote brown” — came right out of that group of swatches. Ralph Lauren couldn’t have known that this particular color would take on a life of its own, but it most certainly has — coopted by hunters, outdoorsmen, EDC fanatics, and the military alike. It also happens to be the inspiration behind this week’s everyday carry pocket dump.
TOPS Knives S.O.P.R. Spec Ops Standard Issue Pen
Crafted from a single, solid piece of polymer, the TOPS S.O.P.R. Spec Ops Standard Issue Pen is remarkably lightweight and incredibly durable — making it ideal for use in the field. That’s only furthered by the inclusion of a Fisher Space Pen pressurized ink cartridge, which can write upside-down, underwater, and in zero gravity. It even comes with a mil-spec Kydex sheath and ball chain for multiple carry styles.
Armatus Vita Travel Kydex Wallet
Crafted in the USA from ultra-tough waterproof Kydex, the Armatus Vita Travel Wallet is one of the toughest passport carriers around. It also features a military-grade strap and snap-button closure, doubles as an EDC pen holder, and actually comes in numerous colorways and finishes, so you can find the one that suits your style and needs perfectly.
5.11 Tactical Sentinel Watch
Boasting a durable 316L stainless steel case, a reliable Swiss-made quartz movement, a scratch-resistant mineral crystal, and an ultra-tough weatherproof silicone strap, the 5.11 Tactical Sentinel Watch — which was made specifically for tactical usage — is perfect for any mission on which you might find yourself. It even has phosphorescent hands for easier low-light reading, should you find yourself out after the sun drops under the horizon.
Zero Tolerance 0308 Flipper Knife
Another in a long line of superb American-made folding blades from Zero Tolerance, the 0308 is one of the brand’s more tactical-focused offerings. It features a durable and grippy G10 handle scale mated to a titanium frame lock, a hefty 3.75″ stonewashed CPM-20CV blade, a flipper deployment, and so much more. Carry this beefy blade with you out into the desert and you’ll surely not be disappointed.