There’s a myriad of factors to take into consideration when compiling your everyday carry loadout. Obviously these items need to be enduring enough to competently withstand the rigors of daily use, while at the same time adding a dose of convenience and versatility to your everyday comings and goings. And when looking for gear that ticks all of these boxes, military-inspired offerings are a fantastic place to start.
Engineered to stand up to some of the world’s most exacting conditions and circumstances, these armed forces-style wares afford streamlined, practical designs that tend to boast a rugged, military-influenced aesthetic. Due to their hardwearing nature, these products do a remarkable job of excelling in day-to-day life. The fact that these items come shrouded in earth tones also makes them much more conducive to better-matching with other existing pieces of gear.
Soto Pocket Torch
Capable of transforming your basic gas-station-style disposable lighter into a bonafide pocket torch, this nifty little apparatus is capable of reaching a whopping 2,300-degrees Fahrenheit. Made in Japan, Soto’s Pocket Torch affords up to 20-minutes of burn time thanks to its ability to increase the life of the lighter by as much as 60%.
Armatus Vita EDC Kydex wallet
Kydex is most-commonly associated with various military applications such as bespoke gun and fixed-blade knife holsters, though the astute folks over at Armatus were quick to recognize the merits of the shapable material for more day-to-day wares. This includes the brand’s Vita EDC Kydex wallet, which boasts a military-inspired appearance and is capable of housing eight cards. Made in America from fully-waterproof materials, this wallet also packs a military-spec snap-button closure that doubles as a cash strap.
Matador Pocket Blanket 2.0
A compact sub-3.5oz, 5.25 x 3.66’ blanket that folds up and comfortably fits in your pocket, the Pocket Blanket 2.0 is made from Matador’s exclusive water and puncture-resistant Hyperlyte nylon. With weighted corners and integrated corner stakes, this blanket can provide a suitable surface almost anywhere in just seconds. Its easy-pack pattern makes folding it back up in its case a breeze, too.
Orbitkey 2.0 Canvas
A sleek and functional take on traditional keychains, the Orbitkey 2.0 is made up of a water-resistant woven canvas structure reinforced with leather and coated edges. An integrated locking mechanism keeps the unit’s 2-7 keys firmly in place, putting an end to unpleasant jingling and through-the-jeans pokes. In addition to the cover U-shaped key caddy, the Orbitkey 2.0 also comes with a removable bottle opener accessory and convenient D-ring key fob attachment.
Cargo Works EDC Dopp Kit
An ultra-rugged military-inspired spin on the classic Dopp bag, this Cargo Works item sports a 1050D nylon exterior paired with an internal 420D nylon lining. Inside, the Dopp features a trio of internal mesh pockets, while the outside has an external zipper pocket, velcro strips to accommodate patches, and a 4×6 MOLLE grid for further attachments. Inspired by standard-issue military wares, this 9.4L bag also boasts a padded carry tab.
The James Brand The Stilwell Pen
Though founded less-than-a-decade-ago, the James Brand has quickly carved out a well-deserved reputation for churning out hardwearing items comprised of premium materials and construction, and its Stilwell Pen is certainly no exception. Made entirely from black-anodized aluminum, this durable writing utensil makes for a stellar addition to anyone’s EDC loadout, measuring just 3.5” (5.4” open) and accepting standard D1-style ink cartridges.
Victorinox Swiss Army Soldier Knife
From the makers of the legendary Swiss Army Knife comes this unique ten-in-one knife that puts a rugged, outdoors-focused twist on the classic SAK. Measuring just 4.4”, the Swiss Army Soldier Knife features stainless steel tools — including a bottle opener, multiple blades, a flathead and Phillips head screwdriver, and a 5mm locking driver, just to name a few — encased in two-component dual-density scales.
Peak LED Solutions El Capitan Flashlight
At just 4” long and less than 1” in diameter, the El Capitan flashlight is a compact yet potent pocket torch, backed by a Cree XPG cool white LED. As hardwearing as it is bright, this beam boasts a hard-anodized aluminum body with an indestructible polycarbonate protective window, bolstered by O-ring-sealed openings and shock and water-resistant epoxy-sealed heads. Made in America, this LED flashlight is compatible with standard alkaline, Lithium, or rechargeable NiMH AA batteries.
Timex Archive Navi Harbor Watch
Inspired by retro military timepieces, the Timex Archive Navi Harbor Watch is a rugged and spartan offering, consisting of a 38mm stainless steel case paired with an 18mm ballistic nylon strap. Powered by a quartz movement and featuring 100-meter water-resistance, this is one Timex that truly can take a licking and keep on ticking.
Amabilis Dave Jr. Tactical Duffel Bag
Constructed from a combination of armor-plated SuperFabric and fully-waterproof tarpaulin, Amabilis’ Dave Jr. Tactical Duffel Bag is a stylish and modern take on the classic GI duffel. Offering a cool 25-liter capacity, this rugged duffel boasts military-grade hardware, #8 YKK Aqua Guard zippers, and an anodized aluminum grab-handle. It’s dog tag (with rubber silencer) and armed-forces-style velcro patch give it a distinctive military-inspired appearance, too.
The Best Gear On Gallantry - October 2019
If the stealth aesthetic is more your vibe, be sure to check out our roundup of the best gear on Gallantry from last month when we explored a blacked-out collection of EDC offerings.