5.11 Tactical Pants – Taclite Pro Tactical Cargo Pants Review

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As a person concerned with being practical and tactical with my everyday carry, I struggle to find clothing that can fill my need to maintain being comfortable, lightweight, flexible and realistic to wear every day without looking like a military wannabe. It’s difficult to find clothing that fulfills the role of professionalism, utility, tactical and durability. I did, however, find the 5.11 Taclite pro line of tactical pants and clothing and I am very satisfied thus far. The 5.11 Tactical Pants are worn by everyone from military to law enforcement, but can easily be worn as everyday work pants. I bought myself a couple pairs to check out and beat up, just to see how they would fit and conform to my everyday life. One of my concerns was that living in southern California, there are not many cold days and I tend to run hot. Consequently, I needed pants that would not overheat me, while still being rugged enough to be durable in a limited tactical role. I’ve tried many types of tactical pants and have found that each of them lack in certain areas while having strong characteristics in others. Here is what I found regarding the 5.11 tactical pants, the TacLite Pro.

Perfect Fit Out-of-the-box

These pants fit exactly for my normal size of 40 waist and 32 length. Usually I struggle to find pants for my exact size. I have bigger thighs and most often I need to find baggy pants or settle for a larger size waist to accommodate my legs. Not with these pants. They fit perfect in the waist and the legs. The pants have a rip stop fabric that I like, and is not so heavy as to have me sweating profusely underneath. The first day that I wore them, they were a little stiff, but after one wash they became extremely comfortable.

Pockets to carry everthing

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The thing I love most about these pants is the number and size of these pockets. I can carry so many things for Everyday Carry, that I almost don’t need a backpack. From a tactical standpoint, I can carry a gun with numerous magazines inside the pockets if I chose to. The side pockets on the lower part of the pants have elastic inside to hold a magazine in place without it moving around in the pocket. The rear seat pockets are wide enough to carry several 30 round m4 magazines in the event that I don’t have a dump pouch to hold empty magazines after use. I stuffed 6 full, 30-round magazines into these pockets and still had room for more. The front pockets are easily accessible with a small Velcro closure to keep your gear inside

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under less than optimal conditions. In front of the normal front pockets is an additional pocket that can hold other gear. I carry a Spyderco Delica 4 and a Streamlight Stylus Pro flashlight in this pocket with room to spare. I could also carry a pistol magazine for a Glock if I desired.

Integrated D-ring

Above the front pockets is an integrated d-ring attached to the front belt loop. The belt loops can accommodate a 1.75-inch Belt. I choose to wear the 5.11 Tactical Gunner’s Apex Belt, which looks stylish and is strong enough to support the pants along with a full-sized firearm, extra magazines, an HK Dispatch Knife with sheath, and two extra magazines.

Inside the legs of the pants there is space to integrate kneepads. The fabric of the pants is treated with a Teflon treatment that makes the pants virtually waterproof. Along with the rip-stop fabric, these pants are extremely durable and used by military and law enforcement personnel around the world. Given 5.11 Tactical’s reputation for quality products, I was not surprised with the quality of these pants. They make these pants in several colors as well.

Colors

  • Black
  • TDU Khaki
  • TDU Green
  • Coyote
  • Tundra
  • Charcoal
  • Dark Navy
  • Stone
  • Storm
  • Battle Brown

Con’s

The only drawbacks that I would give these pants is that they are a little hot to wear, especially in the summer and are a little more expensive than pants that I would typically purchase, but I feel like you are paying for the extra quality and utility. In the summer, I can always switch to the 5.11 Tactical TacLite Pro Shorts or the 5.11 Tactical Traverse Pants.

Color-wise, I can only get away with wearing 3 or 4 colors, black, khaki, and green. Maybe coyote or dark blue or gray occasionally, but I don’t want to overdo it and sometimes I just should wear other brands of pants.

There is a strap that runs across both back pockets that I have had catch on branches and nails and, to me, it feels a little misplaced and could instead be on the inside of the pants versus outside, but overall, is not a problem but is useful if you need to hang something in the short-term, like a water bottle, tactical cap or shemagh.

Conclusion

Overall, I love 5.11 tactical pants and most things produced by 5.11 Tactical. Their products are always well-made and thought out. They really fulfill the purpose that they were designed for and more. I wear these often and I still feel stylish while feeling prepared. I can wear these in a work environment as well as a tactical environment without requiring any drastic changes. I can carry gear without it appearing that I’m loaded down and I know that if push comes to shove, I can operate tactically without fear of the pants failing me. I would highly recommend these for everyday carry.

Tactical Pants – Taclite Pro Tactical Cargo Pants Review
Practical100
Tactical100
Lightweight70
Heavy Duty90
Inexpensive90
Everyday Carry100
Survival100
Emergency100
Ease of Use100
Durable95
Weatherproof80
Waterproof85
Multi-Use100
Reader Rating0 Votes0
93

Keysmart Keychain Review

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Best keychain replacement

Organize your keys with the Keysmart keychain. I try my best but for some reason I always manage to accumulate too many keys and inevitably they take up room in my pocket and make my pockets bulge. I never can seem to find a good way to stow my keys but I have a found a solution that seems to work better than most. That solution is the Keysmart key holder. At first glance it seems a little weird and cumbersome and has a strange shape. I saw a couple reviews online about it and decided to give it a try. It comes in pieces that need to be assembled with a simple flat-head screwdriver or even a dime, if worse comes to worse. I also ordered the extension piece for it, so that I could potentially fit more keys in it, if the standard model wasn’t big enough.

Why the Keysmart works

Low and behold, this thing turned out to be awesome. I was able to hold most of my keys, with the exception of my car key fob/alarm, and I was even able to fit a small 8 gig Kensington USB into the Keysmart as well. This reduced the overall print of my keys by more than half, and eliminated the typical jingling sound, associated with a key chain, that is horrible tactically, while eliminating the bulkiness of the keys, which, in turn, reduced the thigh bruises that I kept getting every time I happened to sit down or roll over onto the keys. It made it easier for me to fit more things in my pockets and I could also fit it into my front pocket next to my wallet if I wanted.

Additional items on my keychain

I supplemented the Keysmart with a couple other things as well starting with a Manta ring, steel braided flexible cable key ring that allowed me to include a couple other nondescript items that were easy to carry such as a Nitecore keychain flashlight, a steel belt clip for hanging the keys to my waistline or belt and my car alarm/key as well. I now consider this item a necessary piece of gear in my Everyday Carry toolkit, and a necessity for carrying extra gear. It has since proven necessary for emergencies and has contributed to making me tactically more proficient by eliminating the key jingling sounds.

Cons

If I were to criticize this item, the cons that I would say it has is that it is a little harder and slower to retrieve my keys for immediate use and is difficult to use one-handed while carrying other things. In an emergency, it takes a little longer to get them ready for use. A woman might find this as a detriment if trying to get into a house while being pursued. In addition, setting up the Keysmart, initially, is painstaking, and takes several times of trial and error, to find the right position for each of your keys for the easiest access. I had to take the item apart 3 times before I found the configuration that I was comfortable with. But once it was done, I haven’t had to make a change since. I’m glad I bought the Keysmart expansion pack, because it enabled me to include color coded bands on the end of the keys and to include a USB to the keychain, otherwise it would have been too small and not fit all of the keys that I needed.

Conclusion

I highly recommend the Keysmart for your keys. There are several alternative solutions out there, but so far this seems to be the best. I’ve been using this for over a year now, and I wouldn’t go back to a typical key chain at this point. I don’t need the leg bruises, and I already carry enough things in my pockets without adding to the bulk. This is a perfect addition to my Everyday Carry Gear and its rather inexpensive for the functionality that it adds.

Keysmart Keychain Review
Practical85
Tactical85
Lightweight100
Heavy Duty60
Inexpensive70
Everyday Carry100
Self-Defense0
Ease of Use70
Durable85
Weatherproof95
Waterproof90
Concealable93
Multi-Use80
Reader Rating0 Votes0
78

SOG Seal Pup Elite Review

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I was looking for a versatile Everyday Carry fixed blade knife, and I stumbled upon the SOG Seal Pup knife with the Kydex sheath. There were several requirements that had to be met for me to be satisfied. First, I wanted something with a partially serrated edge and a blade length that didn’t exceed 5 inches. It had to be relatively immune to the elements, my sweat, with a tendency to resist rust. I also wanted something that could be used as a utilitarian knife; able to perform a wide variety of tasks while still holding its own as a self-defense, fighting knife. In addition, I have big hands so I needed something that was comfortable to hold, and would be big enough to accomplish most medium-duty tasks for survival. After spending more than two weeks looking at different knife models, I realized that fulfilling these requirements would be more difficult than I thought . In addition, I didn’t want to spend more than $100 for both knife and sheath which further narrowed my choices. Luckily, SOG Knives were there to the rescue

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Ask Someone With Real-world Experience

I figured the best place to start my research was to first check out some recommendations and reviews, from former and current military veterans, who have tried, tested, and proven, the effectiveness of their favorite, chosen fixed blades.  The reviews ranged across the spectrum. Some were too big. Some were straight-edged. Some were prohibitively expensive, and some were just too conspicuous and would draw too much attention. The one factor that stood out, was that most of these knives weren’t effective for civilian Everyday carry. For military members, the knife, a necessary and mandatory tool, was used more disposably, and could, and would, get beat up and abused, while being used for tasks that typically would damage most knives.

Not the first choice of veterans

In the end, I settled for a knife that was not really recommended all that much by veterans, but touted as the chosen knife of the Navy Seals by the company, SOG. I did some research but found that the knife wasn’t actually the official knife of the Navy Seals but it had been used and recommended by some veterans, but more by outdoor survivalists and proponents of Everyday Carry. I ended up purchasing based on my own research and here are my findings.

Initial Features of the knife

I received the knife in the mail a few days later and opened the box. The knife had a thin film of oil on the blade to protect it while shipping and warehousing, and was razor sharp, in pristine condition. The blade was thicker than I expected and had a matte black coating that resisted reflecting light, which I liked. The entire knife was also heavier than I expected with a nice thick blade that I found, could handle medium-duty tasks such as wood battening and minor bush craft activities.

Uses for the SOG Seal Pup

The partially rounded edge leading to the tip enabled me to also handle detailed wood working tasks such as carving, and animal processing tasks, such as skinning. Coupled with the notched rasp that added ridges on the back of the blade, I could choke up on the knife with my thumb, for more detailed tasks. The Bowie style tip was strong enough to poke and dig holes in wood and leather, and the knife was balanced enough to throw into wood rather effectively, once I practiced a few times.

Great for a variety of tasks

The high carbon content of the blade made it easy to produce sparks for fire, when used in coalition with a Ferro Rod. The partially serrated blade made tasks such as cutting rope and wire easy, and becomes a very convenient feature for less precise cutting tasks that are more suited to a serrated edge, such as cutting rope or lashing. Having this combination, makes the blade that much more versatile.

Handling the blade

The grip of the blade is rubberized injection molded glass reinforced nylon, making it easy to hold, even when wet or with gloves. The only downside to the grip is that it was too small for my hands (XXL Gloves) and when I tried to perform some chopping tasks, it seemed to wear into the skin on my hand and cause callouses and hotspots.

The Sheath

The sheath is one of the best features of this knife. When placing the knife into the sheath, it snapped into place with an audible click. When turned upside down, the knife did not fall out or seem like it would under more rigorous shaking. To protect against this, the sheath also includes a retaining strap with a snap button that is easily disconnected using a thumb or forefinger, for easy release of the knife from the sheath.

The sheath is attached to the body with an adjustable size belt loop made of nylon. It can be adjusted to accommodate different size belts. The down side to this is that the sheath can only be worn vertically on the belt and hangs low instead of having the ability to ride high like some knives. The nylon belt loop strap can be removed using the included screws and could theoretically be replaced with another type of belt or waistband retention, but I have not tried this yet. It would be interesting having the option of carrying this knife in the horizontal position or even the downward vertical position, attached to a tactical vest. The sheath does have holes running the length of the sheath which could potentially give you other options for carry.

Conclusion

Overall this is a very nice knife, especially for the price. It has a lot of well-rounded features and can handle a variety of tasks. It is kind of like a jack of all trades but master of none. It can be used for Everyday Carry but it is a little heavy and the sheath isn’t really something that can be worn with regular clothing in an urban environment. A customized sheath would probably make this possible or perhaps a different carry option than the included belt loops. It can be used for camping but if I had a choice, I would prefer a blade used specifically for that purpose. It works well in the elements and is durable to say the least. For the price, I would not be afraid to use it for heavy-duty tasks and especially for self-defense, it could easily serve that purpose as well.

For myself, it is a little small for my hands and thus would probably not be my first choice of knife for Everyday carry but I would not hesitate to take it with me hiking, or traveling. It is a perfect size for my fiancé and I’m going to include it in her get home bag for emergencies. I’m going to try out the SOG Seal Elite full sized knife for myself.

Practical65
Tactical90
Lightweight80
Sharp100
Heavy Duty90
Inexpensive95
Everyday Carry75
Survival95
Emergency100
Self-Defense100
Ease of Use100
Deadly100
Durable100
Weatherproof100
Waterproof100
Concealable40
Multi-Use90
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Pros
Great tactical knife for women
Multi-dimensional
Relatively inexpensive
Cons
Not great for big hands
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5.11 Tactical Apex Gunners Belt Review

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I’ve been in the market for some time looking for a good Everyday carry belt to replace my worn-out leather belt and I recently decided to purchase the 5.11 Apex Gunner’s Belt. I did a lot of research and checked out a lot of belts that were typical for EDC and recommended online quite a bit, but I found they were lacking in the features that I was looking for most. I wanted a belt that could hold up my pants evenly without sagging on the sides, and I wanted something that would last over time, rugged enough to work as a tactical replacement for a typical gun belt, or even a full battle belt. I didn’t want a belt with a bulky Cobra link nor did I want a belt made of canvas or nylon. I wanted a belt with a buckle that wouldn’t slip and the ability to carry the weight of a firearm as well as other weapons or tools. In addition, I needed it to be inconspicuous enough to wear with a variety of clothing including slacks. Thus, after a month of research and trying on different belts, I found the 5.11 Apex Gunner’s Belt, and I couldn’t be more satisfied.

5.11 Tactical Apex Gunner’s Belt Specifications

This belt is heavy duty yet looks and feels like a normal belt. It doesn’t stretch like a typical leather belt and doesn’t bite into my skin because it is already formed to fit the natural curves of the body. Its 1.5 inches thick and can fit into most normal pants loops without any difficulty. The belt uses dynamic tension to keep the belt tightened by having the loose end of the belt going back under the buckle-side of the belt against the body, eliminating the need to have an outer loop on the belt to keep the loose end from hanging off the body. The buckle itself has two hooked prongs to hold the belt in place and there are double attachment holes to keep the belt fastened and secure. Each prong is hooked at the end to make sure the belt doesn’t loosen. These prongs are made of metal and are heavy duty. It makes the belt secure and so far, I have not come close to having a problem with the belt unfastening or slipping. The belt is made from B10 web material with TPU coating and the prongs are made Type 3 anodized cast aluminum and have a tensile strength of approximately 1500 lbs!

After two Weeks of Wear

I have tested this belt over the course of two weeks wearing it for normal everyday wear and I have also taken it to the forest to test it as well. When I wore it in the woods, I attached an outside-the-waistband holster with a Glock 23 fully loaded, a Fobus paddle magazine carrier with two loaded magazines, an HK Dispatch knife and sheath attached to the belt and a Spyderco Delica 4 clipped to the waistband. In addition, the belt was holding up my jeans that had a Galaxy Note 4, my wallet, keysmart keychain, carbon fiber money clip and a Streamlight Stylus Pro in the pockets. The belt held everything easily and rather comfortably. We went hiking and did some light climbing and I never felt that the belt slipped or pinched areas of my body. It supported the weight of all the equipment easily. Later when I removed everything, there weren’t even any scratches on the belt from the equipment or various things that I brushed against while hiking or climbing. It looked perfectly brand new!

Cons

If there is anything that I would say is bad about this belt is that it is a little bit stiff, it is a little difficult to thread through your belt loops and a little difficult to run through the loops of my outside the waistband holster. Once you are ready to buckle it, it is a little difficult to get the loose end underneath the belt while you are trying to tighten it because it tends to “stick” to itself but not terribly and this feature is a good thing because it helps to retain the belt and keep it from loosening.

Conclusion and Recommendation

I can’t recommend the 5.11 Tactical Apex Gunner’s Belt highly enough. I’m going to purchase several more. I want one in brown and another one in black with a silver buckle instead of the black that I already own. This thing rocks! Its looks smooth and I feel cooler wearing it not to mention for function, practicality and tactical use, it serves all of those purposes stylishly.

Practical100
Tactical95
Lightweight90
Heavy Duty90
Inexpensive80
Everyday Carry100
Survival85
Emergency85
Self-Defense100
Ease of Use85
Durable100
Weatherproof100
Waterproof100
Concealable100
Reader Rating0 Votes0
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Review of the 5.11 Tactical Moab 10 Sling Bag

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5.11 Tactical Bags

Everyone knows that I am a groupie and die hard fan of the 5.11 tactical bags so I’m going to go ahead and review the 5.11 Tactical Moab Sling Bag for those who are curious or on the edge of purchase and can’t make up their minds. I speak from experience when I say that these bags are one-of-a-kind and everyone else is just trying to keep up and copy. I own several of these bags including: 

The Moab 10 sling bag I use and carry on a daily basis to hold most of my Everyday Carry gear (EDC) as well as several items that I keep close for emergencies as well as work.

Review of the 5.11 Tactical Moab Sling Bag

I love this bag and believe me when I say that I’ve put it through its paces. I’ve owned this bag for almost 2 years now and it does not show any signs of wear and tear from normal use or extreme use. There are no frays or loose threads and so far, I have not had one issue with it. I carry quite a heavy load along with a lot of expensive and sensitive gear, and I’m not always gentle with it. I’ve used it for hiking, kayaking, and motorcycle riding, as well as use it for a work briefcase, a shooting range bag, and a tool bag. It has stood the test of time and is still going strong.

Bag Quality and Features

It is made extremely well and you can tell a lot of thought went into the planning and construction of this bag. There is room inside and outside, for everything, with pockets scattered throughout, and Molle Loops scattered across the exterior of the bag, that give you many options with regards to the type of gear that you choose to carry. All of the zippers are bi-directional and ambidextrous as is the bag itself. Even though it only has one strap, it can be changed from either left or right shoulder carry by simply disconnecting the lower connection on one side and reconnecting it to the other side. All of the pockets inside can be opened from either side of the bag with either hand and have dual heavy-duty self-repairing, Heavy-duty, YKK zippers on both sides, giving you access from either side of the bag. There is also a concealed-carry pocket behind the front pouch that opens with Velcro. I actually didn’t know that the bag included the pouch for almost a month after I purchased the bag. The ultimate concealment pouch in my opinion, easily capable of carrying a small firearm, a Kydex holster, and an extra magazine. Each pocket of the pouch has so many compartments and sleeves that I can fit an amazing number of gadgets and gear inside and still carry the bag comfortably.

Quality and Craftsmanship

The fabric of the bag is treated with water proofing spray and in a light rain, the bag is relatively waterproof. I’ve read other reviews of the bag about the sewing quality being sub-par and coming loose, but I have not experienced this at all. In fact, after two years, there is no fraying or loose threads anywhere on the bag. I am not gentle with it in any sense. The only thing that I am careful about is placing the bag down roughly. The reason for this is that I carry a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 inside the main pouch. The only drawback of the bag, is that this pouch does not have padding on the bottom or sides that I can use to protect my tablet. There is a however, a half-pocket inside the main pouch that includes a drawstring that helps secure my tablet more tightly and keeps it from moving around inside the bag. I line the bottom of this pouch with a shemagh for added cushion to protect the tablet.

Bag Capacity and Gear Storage

As a professional in the tech industry, this bag serves all of my Everyday Carry needs quite well. Here is a list of the things that I currently carry in my bag on a daily basis:

You can read about my list of gear and why I carry it in this article – My Everyday Carry Bag and Contents

List of the pros and cons for the bag

Pros:

  • Made of extremely durable material
  • Relatively water resistant with drain holes
  • Molle straps covering most of the outside of the bag
  • Included straps to attach to other 11 tactical bags
  • Camelback-ready pouch to carry water
  • Padded sunglasses pouch
  • Radio pouch on shoulder strap
  • Room to carry everything you need and more
  • Ambidextrous carry for both shoulders
  • Concealed carry pocket
  • Heavy duty self-healing zipper
  • Sturdy grab handle
  • Padded back for comfortable carry
  • Padded shoulder straps

Cons:

  • No padding inside for carrying laptops or tablets
  • Not completely waterproof
  • Too much Molle and tends to look too military in appearance
  • Tube hole from water reservoir cannot be used with sunglasses case in the way
  • During fast movement, straps tends to loosen and must be continuously tightened
  • No waist strap to help ease load if moving over long distance
  • Hard to carry for long periods of time with a heavy load.
  • Looks a little bulky on smaller people
  • Does not hold a larger framed handgun well in concealed carry pocket

Conclusion and Overall Rating

Overall I would rate this bag as a 95 out of 100. It goes with me everywhere and allows me to carry all of the gadgets and gear that I tend to use on a regular basis as well as some items that I only need in emergencies. I would not classify it as a bug out bag but tcan easily suffice in the short-term as a quick emergency bag. In places where it is legal to carry a concealed firearm, it can easily handle that task and provide a prolonged sense of security. If I was to trade this bag for another, I would carry the 5.11 Tactical Rush 12 backpack because it has two shoulder straps and would be more comfortable for carrying for extended periods of time and for longer distances, although I would lose the included concealed carry pocket if I did.

Practical95
Tactical100
Lightweight95
Heavy Duty100
Inexpensive90
Everyday Carry100
Survival100
Emergency100
Self-Defense100
Ease of Use100
Durable100
Weatherproof90
Waterproof80
Concealable75
Multi-Use95
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95

The Spyderco Delica 4 black combination edge – A knife for all occasions

The Spyderco Delica 4 black combination edge – A knife for all occasions Spyderco Delica 4 optimized

This is the best everyday carry knife. I have carried The Spyderco Delica 4 for over 20 years now and it has fulfilled every task The Spyderco Delica 4 black combination edge – A knife for all occasions Spyderco Delica 4 optimized 1024x683that I have ever needed it for. It comes razor sharp from the factory and when dull, I have sent it back to the factory, to be sharpened for free. It is lightweight and easy to use and with its reversible clip, can be worn on either side of your body and used with either hand. It can also be worn with the tip direction reversed depending on the user’s preference.

Blade Specifications

The blade is 2.5 inches long which makes it legal in most states and counties including my city, Los Angeles, which is by far one of the most restrictive places for both gun control and knife laws in the United States. With the black handle and blade, the knife is truly inconspicuous and raises barely a glance when worn. Using the clip, it can be worn several different ways depending on the occasion and the type of clothing of the wearer. I have worn it hanging from a pocket, clipped to my waistband with shorts, in a shirt pocket, clipped to the outside of my 5.11 Tactical Moab bag on the Molle straps, and inside of a leather sheath made for a Leatherman Crunch. The versatility of this blade is unsurpassed and for its purpose, I have still not found a blade that compares with all of the included features of this knife.

Urban Carry and Everyday Uses

Now this blade is probably not made for heavy-duty use but it has stood up to the rigors of urban life. I have used it for box cutting, light woodwork, self-defense, and every other general task that I can think of. For the price, I have not found any other knife in the same category that lasts as long nor is as durable with common everyday use. In addition, the black coating on the blade makes the knife extremely corrosion and rust resistant. I have actually used this as a dive knife in the Pacific Ocean clipped inside of my wetsuit while body surfing.

Gifts and Self Defense for Women

It makes a great gift and a perfect form of self-defense for a woman. I have given one to my mother and one to my fiancé and it is small enough to fit inside of their purse and has a small enough profile to be worn in tight clothing such as a dress or jeans. My mother has had hers for almost 15 years. When I first gave it to her she was resistant, but quickly saw the utility after some time. She uses it to open plastic wrapping and opening packages with difficult-to-open material. She has even used it to intimidate a man who was acting aggressively towards her one night in a parking lot.

Pros:

  • Razor-sharp from the factory
  • Combination blade for making precise cuts and cutting heavy duty rope or wire
  • Reversible clip for ambidextrous carry
  • Small profile for easy carry in many types of clothing
  • Black inconspicuous blade for less noticeability
  • Lightweight enough to not notice while carrying on a daily basis
  • Factory will sharpen blade for free
  • Easy one-handed use to both open and close

Cons:

  • Not heavy duty enough for survival scenarios.
  • Blade tends to need sharpening after continuous use
  • Smaller blade provides limited use for self defense
  • Not balanced enough for throwing

Summary and Conclusion

I would rate this knife 95 out of 100 and would highly recommend this knife to anyone even a survivalist or bush crafter even if it’s purpose was to be used as a backup knife rather than a primary blade. Spyderco is renowned for their quality of knives and their designers are amongst the best in the world.

Check Out these Other Favorite Spyderco Knives:

Practical100
Tactical100
Lightweight100
Sharp100
Heavy Duty80
Inexpensive85
Everyday Carry100
Survival90
Emergency100
Self-Defense100
Ease of Use100
Deadly100
Durable95
Weatherproof95
Waterproof80
Concealable100
Multi-Use100
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96

Review of Titan Paracord or Survival Cord

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The best Paracord. In any survival guide, everyday carry reference, or book about necessary items for emergency preparedness, you will inevitably find a place that refers to the necessity to have cordage or in most cases, paracord. However, there is paracord and then there is Titan’s Survivor Cord, which takes the meaning of paracord to a whole other level. Titan survivor cord is the big daddy of the paracord family and for good reason. It is by far the best and most useful cordage.

Paracord For Survival

Standard paracord has countless uses and there are numerous projects that you could find paracord useful. In a survival situation it can mean the difference between life and death and should always be included in your kit along with a good knife.

Features of Titan Survivor Cord

550 paracord comes in 7- 3 strand nylon braids that can be broken down giving you 21 possible strands of cordage to work with. Titan Survival cord comes with 3 additional strands as well. One strand is a jute cord dipped in parfin wax for firestarting. It also comes with a monofilament 25lb fishing line. Last but definitely not least, it also includes a conductive wire that can also be used both for electric conductive projects or snares for trapping. With the additional strands, this cord is more durable than traditional Paracord. Rated for 550lbs it can easily hold more weight due to the additional reinforcement (apparently >620lbs if the other review claims are correct). It is also Mil-spec quality and produced in the USA by, and for veterans.

Carrying Paracord

Included with the cord is a retaining strap for securing the rope bundle and in this link also includes an ebook with a list of possible paracord projects. It is offered in at least 8 additional colors depending on your needs.

Other Uses for Titan Survivor Cord

The waxed jute line can be used for fire-starting and tinder. It catches a spark easily and will burn for quite some time once it catches a flame. The copper conductive strand has little resistance and because it is copper, it will not rust over time or if exposed to water. It is strong enough to use as a snare to catch small game. Double wrapped together, it can be used to trap larger game. The fishing line is tested to 25lbs and is transparent. It can easily be used not only for fishing but also for minor medical stitching.

My Recommendation

I would highly recommend Titan Survivor cord rather than regular 550 paracord due to the additional features that it contains as  well as its ruggedness compared to other cordage. It should definitely be included in an Everyday Carry kit, a Survival Kit, a Bugout Bag, a Get home bag or an Emergency Car kit. It has so many uses that it can replace most other cordage and doesn’t weigh much more than traditional 550 Paracord. This is by far the best paracord that I have found and used.

Practical100
Tactical100
Lightweight100
Heavy Duty85
Inexpensive100
Everyday Carry100
Survival100
Emergency100
Ease of Use100
Durable100
Weatherproof95
Waterproof70
Concealable100
Multi-Use100
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Review of the Best Flashlight for Everyday Carry – The Streamlight Stylus Pro

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Best Flashlight for Everyday Carry

I searched far and wide for the best flashlight for both Everyday Carry and as a viable tactical light. After a lot of trial and error and research, I found the Streamlight Stylus Pro flashlight with an included a/c adapter and rechargeable lithium-ion battery. This little light is awesome and perfect. At a size, slightly larger than a pen, it is easily carried in a pocket, clipped to my belt, or carried in its included nylon holster. At 60 lumens, this LED light is comparable to a larger-sized flashlight in brightness and with a 3.5-hour run-time, it lasts long enough on one charge to fulfill most mission specific tasks.

Rechargeable Flashlight

It comes included with an A/c plug for recharging which eliminates the need to carry extra batteries. In fact, it doesn’t even need the A/c adapter at all. The charging port is a micro USB and can be charged using your mobile phone charger in about 2.5 hours. The manufacturer claims that this light can be charged up to 300 times with a lifetime of 30,000 hours of use. For the price, this is incredible.

Waterproof and Milspec

The light is also waterproof and has integrated O-ring seals to keep moisture out. It is also durable and made with machined aluminum built to military specifications. It is impact resistant up to 1 meter and a sliding metal sleeve keeps the USB port from being exposed to moisture. I’ve dropped this light several times as well as banged it around in my bag for several years now and it is none the worse for wear.

Ease of Use

There is also an included indestructible pocket clip that can be reversed and attached to the bill of a cap for hands-free operation. The light is activated by a rubber tail switch located on the back of the light. The entire light weighs 1.9 ounces and has an overall length of 6 inches making it an extremely compact and convenient tool that produces a lot of light in a very small package.

Everyday Carry Essential

I consider this light to be an essential piece of gear for my Everyday Carry kit and carry it either in my bag, directly on my person, in my pocket, or clipped to my belt or waistband. It has come in handy on numerous situations and was the saving grace when my car broke down in the woods camping. I clipped it to my hat and used it for over an hour while changing two tires and replacing fluids in a no light situation. I could see out well over 60 yards in deep forest and it provided me with enough light to last until I completed my repairs.

Conclusion

I recently bought a second light for myself and a third for my fiancé. I am a big fan of Streamlight Flashlights because they have proven themselves to be reliable, durable, unobtrusive, bright, and easy to use and recharge. With all of these great qualities in such a small package, I would highly recommend this light for Everyday Carry

Streamlight Stylus Pro Flashlight
Practical100
Tactical90
Lightweight95
Heavy Duty90
Inexpensive80
Everyday Carry100
Survival95
Emergency100
Self-Defense80
Ease of Use100
Durable95
Weatherproof95
Waterproof95
Concealable95
Multi-Use80
Brightness85
Rechargeable100
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Rechargeable
Waterproof
Durable
Small
Bright
Can’t be used as weapon
Can’t attach to weapon easily
Not as bright as other flashlights
93
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Review of the HK Dispatch Knife – Tactical knife with the partially serrated blade

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Tactical Knife fo Everyday Carry

I recently purchased The HK Dispatch knife with the partially serrated blade manufactured by Benchmade as a fixed blade Everyday Carry knife and tactical knife.  On first glance this knife is awesome and fits most of my requirements as a versatile yet durable knife. It comes in a plastic sheath with integrated belt loops and slightly embedded areas for screws to attach a belt clip. I chose to attach a Spyderco G-clip to my HK Dispatch.

Blade Specifications

The knife has a partially serrated blade and a tanto point. The blade is a little over 9 inches long and the blade length is a little under 4.5 inches rendering it an almost perfect length for Everyday carry. In my opinion, it is a very capable, close quarters battle (CQB) blade. It is made of D2 steel and has a slim enough profile to be carried inside or outside of the waistband. The sheath is also reversible for a left or right handed carry. This blade itself is also hefty and can handle heavier duty work without risk of damage. At a $50 price tag, it leaves me unafraid to use it for various utilitarian tasks.

Self-defense and CQB (Close Quarters Combat)

It can also be used very effectively as a self-defense knife and especially as a tactical knife. It’s balanced well enough to be thrown, which I have tried with decent success, even though I’m not a practiced knife thrower. The handle has a Santoprene grip which has gripping properties like rubber while keeping the handle slim in profile. This knife has a small print and can be worn concealed easily. It can be worn either horizontally or vertically on the belt or waistline. Tactically, the black blade and sheath enable it to be inconspicuous and the matte black keeps it from shining or being noticeable against a dark background.

Cons

If there was anything that I don’t like about the knife, it would be the sheath and specifically the retention clip for holding the knife in the sheath. The retention clip does not hold the knife in the sheath very well. If you turn the sheath upside down and shake it gently, the knife will eventually fall out. In addition, the knife rattles slightly while in the sheath. The retention clip seems rather flimsy, as well, and seems like it might break if subjected to enough stress. It doesn’t seem like it is bent far enough in the retention position to hold the knife in the sheath very well.

Solutions to the retention problem

To solve this problem, I put the sheath in my microwave for 50 seconds with the hope of heating the sheath enough to be able to bend the retention clip so that the angle would retain the knife more effectively. I was able to bend the retention clip into a more effective angle to hold the knife, however, a small bubble formed in the middle of the sheath that worked in my favor. It created enough friction to hold the knife in on its own without damaging the finish of the blade or scratching the coating. Now with the bubble and the retention clip, the knife is retained nicely, and I am confident that the knife will not fall out easily. Plus, I can still pull the knife out of the sheath easy enough to use it effectively if the need should arise.

Conclusion

I highly recommend this knife. It is the perfect size and balance and is a great compromise between most survival knives and folding blades. The Tanto point and the partially serrated edge make this a great defensive knife and for the price, you would be hard pressed to find a knife of this caliber that can fulfill all of the needs and tasks that this knife can. It is small enough to carry, yet strong enough to be a true multipurpose knife.

Practical100
Tactical100
Lightweight95
Sharp100
Heavy Duty90
Inexpensive100
Everyday Carry90
Survival100
Emergency100
Self-Defense100
Ease of Use100
Deadly100
Durable100
Weatherproof100
Waterproof100
Concealable90
Multi-Use100
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The Best Ways to Carry and Obtain Water for Everyday Carry

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There are so many ways to carry water for Everyday Carry and even more ways to obtain water. Convenience, ease of carry and accessibility to water in your respective environment are the main concerns for me to deal with. I like to keep my hands free and try to keep the total weight of items I carry, to a minimum. If I’m going to carry a water bottle, I want to be able to hold it easily both when its full or empty. I don’t want it to take up too much space in my gear and I want it to be relatively lightweight. It also needs to be durable and capable of holding enough capacity to fulfill my hydration requirement until I’m able to refill it. In addition, I prefer for it to have other uses such as the ability to boil if possible. There are three ways that I accomplish these requirements. The first consideration that I should be aware of is how I choose to carry my water container. Since I already carry a bag for other daily supplies, I want my container to work in coalition with my bag or bags. I am a huge fan of the 5.11 Tactical bags and so I am lucky in this aspect because I am afforded several choices.

Basic carry and filtration

When I carry my sling bag, the 5.11 Tactical Rush Moab sling bag, I can carry a Camelbak 50 ounce water bladder in the specially designed pocket embedded in the bag. I can also carry a Lifestraw Water Filter that enables me to easily filter water from questionable sources in an emergency and can use it to filter water before I put it into a larger bottle or bladder. If I want to carry an actual bottle, I can carry a Lifestraw Water Bottle with an integrated Lifestraw Filter included as part of the actual bottle, which I can also attach and carry on the outside of my bag in a Molle equipped, 5.11 Tactical water bottle carrier on the outside of the bag. With each option, I am almost totally covered in the water carrying options. If I choose to use my secondary bag, the 5.11 Tactical Rush 12 backpack, I have all of the same options plus the ability to carry additional capacity of water bladders and bottles. I can also include a UV Steripen, water purification tablets, and a Shemagh, in case the water has solid particles such as leaves or dirt in which case, the Shemagh can act as an additional particle filter to help clean the water more significantly.

More expensive options for filtration

I also have a secondary water bottle filtration method that is called the Grayl push bottle filter and can filter down to 100 microns and can be used to filter out other chemicals that the Lifestraw isn’t capable of filtering. I’ve have seen people filter toilet water and even a bottle of Coca cola into water in less than 20 seconds with this particular filter. It isn’t cheap but it works really well though limited in its overall capacity and in some cases may not be the best option in a rugged environment.

Sawyer water filters

There is another portable filtration system that is not quite as compact as the Lifestraw but is capable of filtering more water over its lifespan and can be used in conjunction with a Camelbak water reservoir to filter while on the move. This is the water filter and pump. You can literally dip a hose into a water source and pump the water through the filter and directly into the Camelbak reservoir. It is capable of filtering 10,000 liters of water over its lifetime but includes a hose and pump that takes up space and weight.

Camelback water carriers

I really like the Camelback type water carriers because they have a good capacity, are durable and can fit into reservoir-capable bags easily. In addition, they are easy to use and can be used relatively hands-free and are easily accessible with the protruding hose that can be attached to the straps of whatever bag you happen to be wearing at the time. The drawback is that they can be damaged easily if not properly carried and are difficult to wash.

Options for Filtering soluble chemicals

Using these options in an urban environment allow you to use almost any source of water to survive. The exception is if the water source has high levels of soluble chemicals. They require other methods of filtration. The primary way to achieve filtration with high chemical water is with either boiling and steam distillation or through evaporative distillation.

Boiling and Distilling Water

To boil and distill water, you would need a distillation system or an enclosed metal pot or cup with a tube to catch the steam and cool it so that it can condense back into water and then collected into another container once cooled. This is not a 100% guaranteed way to reduce the chemicals because they can and do evaporate along with the water vapor and then condense with the final liquid once cooled, but it can be a way of reducing their concentration, especially with salts and several other compounds

Evaporative Distilation

An evaporative distiller such as a Echomax may also serve the same function and works easier without having to use fire but also takes longer to achieve depending on your environment and the weather. This is actually a good way to get water from plants, urine, waste water, dirt and mud, and can be effective if you have the time to wait for results. These filters can be made by improvising a plastic sheet over a hole with a rock in the center over a can but usually are a little bigger and require more space to work but depending on your location and how long you are staying, can be an excellent source of pure water.

Conclusion and how I carry water

I tend to stick with the easier, less expensive, portable and cheaper options for filtering water. I keep a Lifestraw or Grayl push filter bottle with me and an empty Camelback reservoir inside my bag empty. I also carry a small bottle of water purification tablets as well due to their small size and portability. Where I live, I can usually obtain or bring water with me rather easily, so these options are exactly that, options. Unless I’m travelling or camping I rarely need to find water. Instead I plan and prepare for emergencies. I have extra water at my house in bottles and I have a rain collection barrel on my roof balcony for emergencies. I keep extra water in my car as well and extra filters in case I’m ever stuck.