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Everyday Carry: Camouflage

Humans have this miraculous ability to observe things out in nature, synthesize those observations into useful tools, and integrate them into our own experiences. It’s something that we have been doing basically as long as we’ve existed as a species. One of the more common (or at least apparent) examples of this ability in action is our use of camouflage. However, camouflage as we know it has also evolved over time. Originally used to hide, protect, and masque our presence — from either predator or prey — it has since been a tool we’ve used to hide from one another (especially in military contexts) and has even evolved into a staple of the fashion and style — used, in this case, to stand out rather than blend in. Its popularity has also, unsurprisingly, spilled into the realm of everyday carry gear, which we’ve put on full display here in this week’s EDC pocket dump. If you want to integrate some camouflage into your pocketable gear, you’ll likely find something you like below.

Recycled Firefighter The Fire Hose Sergeant Wallet

This brand hinges on a very interesting business model: they repurpose old, retired materials (firehose, in this case) and turn it into functional everyday carry gear and accessories. That means this front-pocket cardholder wallet is made from genuine recycled firehose material — so it’s tough as nails and each one is unique — and it also has enough room for all your cards and some cash. Those who appreciate sustainability, minimalism, and interesting design will undoubtedly be drawn to this wallet.

Purchase: $29

Olight Warrior X Pro Flashlight

All of Olight’s portable torches are exceptional, but this one gets bonus points for style and toughness, alongside its exceptional performance. That’s because — along with its 2,250-lumen output, IPX8 waterproof rating, 3-meter impact resistance, toothed self-defense bezel, and MOLLE-compatible case — it comes in a desert camouflage colorway.

Purchase: $130

Spyderco Para 3 Knife

A compact, everyday carry-friendly version of Spyderco’s legendary Paramilitary 2 folding knife, the Para 3 boasts many of the same outstanding features in a more pocketable format. That includes things like a similarly-iconic silhouette (complete with the brand’s signature oversized thumb hole), CPM-S30V steel, G10 handle scales (done up in digital camo), and Spyderco’s absolutely unrivaled Compression locking mechanism. Truly, this knife is one of the best at any price point.

Purchase: $144

Victorinox I.N.O.X. Carbon Watch

To test its durability, Victorinox puts their I.N.O.X. watches through a whopping 130 extreme tests to ensure that it’s damn near impossible to damage. This one also comes with a carbon fiber case, reliable quartz movement, camouflage paracord strap (which matches the dial), and SuperLuminova markings for high visibility in any light conditions.

Purchase: $1,100