Tactical wristwatches are built for durability, legibility – even in the dark, and non-reflective designs that help keep you under the radar. Everyday Carry shares 14 of the best models available this year, from traditional analog designs, to high-tech smartwatches with features like GPS nav. We LOVE that Luminox XS.3503.NSF.
THE BEST Tactical
This rugged toiletry bag was designed to provide access to supplies no matter where your travels take you. Its rounded-corners won’t snag in your luggage, and its main compartment provides quick access to frequently-used items. It has mesh and plastic zippered compartments and a swivel steel hook for hanging.
Thanks to its CREE XHP 70.2 P2 LED and a 5000mAh rechargeable battery, Klarus‘ tactical flashlight cranks out up to 4000 lumens of brightness, with a beam reach of over 1000 feet. It’s made from mil-spec hard-anodized aluminum alloy, and is IPX8 waterproof. Measures just 6.34″ long, so it goes anywhere.
Gear up for the holidays with Garud’s tactical Christmas stockings. Each one has lots of locations for hanging stocking stuffers both inside and out, with four rows of MOLLE webbing, hooks, and a zipper pouch on its side. Available in a variety of colors as well as camouflage patterns. Includes a removable Velcro US flag patch.
This camping tool combines a spoon and fork, with along with a sharp knife blade. Its ABS plastic sheath protects your hand while eating and doubles as an emergency whistle. The stainless steel utensil also works as a bottle opener and has a saw-tooth back edge which can be used for scaling fish.
United Cutlery’s long-handled, spiked stainless steel hammer will tear through just about anything you smack with it, making it the perfect tool for demolition work, or fending off the undead while keeping them at more than arm’s-length, making you far less susceptible to being turned.
Tacray’s unique titanium pen combines a writing instrument with a self-defense / glass breaker tool on its rear end. It’s made from Ti-6AL-4V alloy that’s been oxidized to produce a colorful, iridescent look, and its knurled body provides a firm grip while adding to its bullet-inspired style.
Knifemaker Rick Hinderer creates these elegant, yet practical writing instruments. Each one is precision milled with a great tactile design, and features a removable self defense tool on its rear. Available in stainless steel, brass, or our favorite look, copper, which is sure to patina beautifully.
This useful multitool features a sturdy 440C steel blade that works as a serrated knife, chisel, lever, belt cutter, scraping tool, and more. Its G-10 handle scales provide good grip, and it comes with a matching leather sheath. Measures 6.25″ long overall, with a 1.25″ blade length.
We dig the slick, technical look of Valtcan’s tactical bolt action pens. They feature a milled titanium body for strength and balance, a tungsten tipped glass breaker, and take a variety of off-the-shelf refills to suit your writing preferences. Choose from silver or black finishes.
SureFire’s oversize tactical watch features an easy-to-read round dial, set into a rectangular case that provides sufficient space for a 300 lumen LED light and its rechargeable battery. It features a military-grade aluminum case for durability, and a fabric strap. They also sell a pricy Luminox version and a standalone WristLight.
While 5.11’s tactical bag is designed to ride in the passenger seat of police cars, there’s no reason you can’t use it too. It holds up to 39 liters of gear, and has got tons of useful organization compartments and straps for tools and other accessories, and it can attach securely to your seat, or be carried like a messenger bag.
A cheap and versatile alternative to metal carabiners, these lightweight plastic clips are designed to slide through MOLLE webbing or belt loops, offering a way to hang small accessories like pouches, hats, gloves, and more. Snaps closed securely, and won’t ever rust like metal clips.
This compact nylon pack from OneTigris is just the right size for all kinds of small tools, gadgets, and everyday items. It features a large center compartment, zippered front and side compartments, MOLLE webbing, and can be worn as either a waist pack or shoulder bag.
So what is it exactly that makes a watch “tactical?” For starters, these military-style timepieces should be supremely durable, devoid of sparkly bits, reliable, and easy to read. Our friends at Everyday Carry picked out a few of their favorite models for you to choose from.
Rugged gloves for hunting, ATV riding, paintball, or other outdoor activities. Made from a combination of microfiber, leather, lycra, and nylon, they offer great grip, protection, and utility. Available in full or half-finger versions for increased tactile feedback.
An extremely durable writing instrument, made from CNC machined T6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. We love look of the grooved body, which provides an ergonomic grip. It takes a Parker-style ball point cartridge, and its cap has an O-ring seal to keep out the elements.
Kootek’s K1 flashlight not only has a bright 800-lumen Cree LED light source, but its handle conceals a sharp blade for survival, hunting, or self defense. Its tip provides a window breaker for emergency escapes, and its light beam is adjustable. Recharges via USB.
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