Everyday Carry: McClane

If you want an example from popular media that exemplifies just how important everyday carry gear might be, you can’t go wrong with ’80s action blockbuster Die Hard. And that’s because, in the context of the film, John McClane (Bruce Willis) is left to defend Nakatomi Plaza from German terrorists with nothing but the items he has in his pockets. If you’ve seen the flick, you know he makes do with what little he has, but we’d like to think that, we’re he a little more prepared, he might have a loadout that looks something like the everyday carry gear in this week’s pocket dump. Granted, the chances are slim that you’ll ever need to use your EDC arsenal to fend off violent international criminals. But you’ll be more apt to deal with just about any situation, even the extreme ones, as long as you keep your pocketable gear on you at all times.

Peak LED Solutions Eiger Ultra X Flashlight

When John McClane decided to hop into the air ducts of Nakatomi Plaza, he hadn’t quite counted on how dark it would be and ended up having to use a Zippo lighter for illumination. If he were prepared, however, he might’ve had the USA-made Eiger Ultra X flashlight with its powerful Cree XPG LED emitter, shock- and water-resistance, sturdy stainless steel body, and exceptional output-to-battery-life ratio.

Purchase: $75

Prometheus Design Werx Ti-Lighter

In Die Hard, Detective Lieutenant McClane relies on a standard Zippo lighter — which is all well and good under normal circumstances. However, PDW’s Ti-Lighter borrows that same iconic flip-top design and packs it into a much more impressive, durable, and lightweight titanium package. This wind-resistant lighter is perfect for everyday carry with standard fuel, but can also be filled with aviation fuel, white gas stove fuel, or even automotive gasoline for emergencies.

Purchase: $159

Al Mar SERE 2000 S2K Folding Knife

If he had thought things through, Al Mar’s exceptional SERE 2000 S2K folding knife — which was designed specifically with tactical applications in mind — may very well have been in John McClane’s pocket. This stellar EDC knife features a VG-10 blade, textured G10 scales, and a sturdy and reliable liner lock.

Purchase: $260

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 16 Watch

Believe it or not, John McClane actually did wear a TAG Heuer watch in the first Die Hard. And while this one isn’t that exact model, it is rather similar. Complete with an automatic movement, chronograph functionality, a rotating dive timer bezel, and a 300m waterproof stainless steel case, you absolutely can’t go wrong with the Aquaracer chronograph dive watch.

Purchase: $3,300