Quite possibly more than any other color, red has been strongly associated with a host of traits and emotions, closely tied to strength, power, passion, and energy, among many others. The color of choice for several noteworthy Italian exotic vehicle marques of both the two and four-wheeled variety, red has previously come to represent revolution — adopted by Vietnam, Soviet Russia, and China on various flags. So, if you’re looking to add a dash of color to your day-to-day load-out, red items are a great place to start. With this in mind, we’ve pored over the Gallantry catalog to bring you this collection of red-themed pieces of gear.
Transcending a myriad of styles and pairing surprisingly well with the majority of the other hues across the color spectrum — be it red and blue, red and black, red and green, etc — these offerings prove that EDC load-outs don’t need to be limited to earth tones and blacked-out items. The first color (after black) to be harvested by stone-age humans to create paints and dyes, humanity’s relationship with this color dates back millennia. Even in 2020, mankind’s connection to the color is no less significant, as evidenced by its continued use in products today. This hand-picked collection of red items celebrates man’s age-old proclivity and instinctive draw to the color of fire and blood.
MecArmy’s Illuminex-4S is a tiny EDC flashlight that packs quite a punch. Despite weighing less than nine grams and measuring just 1.61″ L x 0.5″ D, this light’s CREE-XP G2 LED emits a cool 130 (max) lumens. IPX8 waterproof to 2m and impact-resistant to 1.5m, this light boasts full anodized aluminum construction. Offering two light modes, this tiny light affords up to six hours of runtime thanks to its potent 10180 Lithium-ion battery, which can be recharged via its integrated USB port in just an hour.
Defy Bags Key Chain
A ruggedized take on typical key chains, this hardwearing item from Defy is made by hand in Chicago. The keychain is made from genuine Horween tanned leather that’s been paired with metallic rivets, matte black hardware, and a military-grade gun clip. With one of these hanging from your belt-loop, you’d really have to make a conscious effort to lose your keys.
Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0
Made from Matador’s own Hyperlyte Nylon, this hardwearing camping blanket measures 63″ L x 44″ W, easily providing enough space to comfortably accommodate up to four adults. Both water-repellant and puncture-resistant, this sub 3.5oz item collapses into a small included mesh stuff-sack that can fit in the palm of your hand. A clever easy pack pattern in the material makes it incredibly easy to stuff the thing back in its sack. And, thanks to its integrated corner stakes and weighted corners, this is one blanket that won’t get away from you even when the wind picks up.
Izola Classic Stainless Steel Flask
Far more stylish than your average flask, this liquid cell from Izola boasts a 6oz volume to help you get through the day. Constructed from stainless steel and featuring a solid, leakproof screw-down cap, the rounded edges and deep red hue give it an unmistakably modern feel. Furthering that fact is this EDC flask’s included canvas sleeve which adds a dose of style while also helping to keep the thing free of scratches or other imperfections. With this in your pocket, a “friend” is never far away.
MecArmy TR25 Tritium Glow Bar
Powered by a tritium core, this nifty keychain offers a lifespan of a whopping quarter-century — hence the “TR25” moniker. The glowing tritium shines through a trio of polycarbonate viewing windows that, when paired with this offering’s TC4 titanium alloy chassis, enables it to be a practically indestructible piece of EDC kit — impact resistant to two meters and waterproof up to 100! — as well as incredibly lightweight, tipping the scales at only five grams. Adding both style and functionality — as well as a little pizzazz — to one’s EDC kit, this keychain-friendly item measures 40mm at its longest point.
Leatherman Skeletool RX
A robust and hardwearing multitool designed to cater to the needs of first responders, Leatherman’s Skeletool RX packs a cool seven built-in tools — needlenose pliers; regular pliers; hard-wire cutters; wire cutters; carabiner clip/bottle opener; large bit driver; carbide glass-breaker; and a locking 154CM serrated knife blade — all of which are one-hand operable. The aluminum handle insert in this Leatherman also doubles as an internal bit holder, too. The multitool also comes with a trio of carrying options thanks to its included pocket clip, carabiner belt clip, and standard nylon sheath. And, with a 25-year guarantee, you can be sure this is one item that you can count on day in and day out.
Dango P01 Pioneer Wallet
A tactical and modern take on the traditional bifold design, Dango’s P01 Pioneer is without a doubt one of the best EDC wallets currently on the market. Adorned in vegetable-tanned Italian leather, this item features an integrated silicone cash strap for paper money, as well as a main RFID-blocking compartment that can accommodate up to 20 credit (or business) cards. And, in addition to fitting Dango’s MT02 multitool (sold separately), this made-in-America offering also includes housing for the brand’s (included) anodized 6061 aluminum pen and mini 48-page notebook.
Benchmade 318 Proper Knife
A classic non-locking folder, bestowed with the same top-notch quality, materials and construction that have made Benchmade a leader in the knife realm, the 318 Proper is an understated EDC item that’s sure to class up your daily kit. Made in America and offered with a generous lifetime guarantee, this gentlemen’s knife packs a G10 handle and a 2.28″ CPMS30V steel clip point satin-finished blade. This minimalistic offering weighs less than 2.5oz and measures 6.65” in length when the blade is deployed (3.85” when closed).
Topo Designs Topo Mountain Duffel
An updated on the classic duffel that’s built for the fashion-forward, the Topo Mountain Duffel offers a generous 61.4 liters of storage space, despite its 26″ W x 12″ H x 13″ D dimensions. Made in America, this bag boasts an exterior constructed from ultra-durable 1000D Corder ballistic nylon. This rugged duffel bag’s exterior also boasts heavy-duty plastic hardware, an exterior zippered pocket, and multiple carrying handles and stowable backpack straps, allowing it to be carried in a variety of manners. Inside, goods are kept dry thanks to water-resistant YKK zippers, as well as safe on account of the bag’s padded base and sides, and coated pack cloth interior lining.
Timex Q Timex Reissue Watch
An early adopter of the era’s emerging quartz movements, the original Q Timex watch was released in 1979. This much-iconic watch has been recreated by Timex and is now available once again. Not simply inspired by the 1979 version but a nearly identical, dive watch-inspired timepiece boasts the same rotating and color-matched “Pepsi bezel,” luminescent hands, and also-period-correct 18mm adjustable stainless steel bracelet. The 38mm stainless steel case boasts a handy battery hatch for super-easy at-home battery swaps.
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