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Gifts for the Tactical Dude

by , December 2, 2015

The Tactical Dude is a certain breed. A mountain man. A Badass. He most likely sports an exceptional beard and has a thing for bushcraft and handguns. He feels at home in all army green. Carries a knife, always. He’s handy in a pinch, like McGyver handy. And probably names all his dogs MOLLE, spelt just like that, in all caps. 

These gifts are for him, or her (if she’s badass)… 

Snow Peak Titanium three-piece cutlery set
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When you need to shed the load, this three-piece cutlery set will help you fork out a few extra weight savings. Constructed out of titanium, this is a great lightweight alternative to stainless steel cutlery, with the added bonus of durability that will go the extra mile no matter how many miles you cover.
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Great for: camping trips and ultralight backpacking when you need hard-wearing cutlery but don’t want to haul unnecessary weight, plus an included case keeps your cutlery neat and tidy…
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Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier ($41.55)

Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier
Having the right tool on hand for those DIY jobs and emergency situations just got easier with the Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier. A variety of handy tools such as screwdrivers, scissors, a saw, pliers, a bottle opener, knife blade and more are housed within a sleek stainless steel form that’s built to handle demanding tasks in urban and outdoor settings alike.
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Great for: tackling a range of day-to-day tasks at home, during working hours or while embracing nature, with tools that are larger and tougher than average for improved functionality…
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Fenix LD12 Flashlight ($49.95)

Fenix LD12 Flashlight
Crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum, the Fenix LD12 Flashlight offers a maximum of 125 lumens in a compact and lightweight form. It comes with a holster and lanyard for portability and features a slip-resistant design to aid grip. In case you do drop the flashlight, it’s also impact-resistant up to a height of one meter, with an IPX-8 rating for waterproofness up to a depth of two meters.
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Great for: an everyday flashlight that can be conveniently carried in a pocket or bag and that offers a choice of modes to suit different environments…
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Dunamis Gear Top Zip and Center Zip Cargo Hanger Pouches ($50-$75)

Dunamis Gear Top Zip and Center Zip Cargo Hanger Pouches
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Need a little extra packing space? Want to keep items within easy reach on the outside of your bag or prevent chaos on the inside? These Cargo Hanger Pouches from Dunamis Gear are an effective solution for all these carry needs. With options including customizable center zip and top zip designs, you can tailor your carry setup to meet your specific needs.
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Great for: adding extra volume to an existing bag, keeping important items easily accessible and providing a single storage place for small and easily misplaced gear.
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LED LENSER P7.2 Flashlight ($52.99)

LED LENSER P7.2 Flashlight
Small in size and big in illumination, the P7.2 flashlight provides up to 320 lumens while remaining compact enough to be carried daily. Constructed with an anodized aluminum casing, the flashlight features an Advanced Focus System™ that combines a reflector and lens to enable a focused beam for long-distance use, as well as a spill beam for activities such as close-up reading.
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Great for: getting plenty of light in a pint-sized form that suits urban settings and outdoor adventures alike, with easy switching between full power, low power and boost options.
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GORUCK GR1 Field Pocket ($55)

GORUCK GR1 Field Pocket

The perfect partner for the GORUCK GR1 pack, this tough Field Pocket can be securely attached to the bag using MOLLE webbing. However, you can use the webbing to attach it to other bags or simply utilize it as a standalone storage pocket or even a dopp kit. Interior compartments keep the contents organized, and the GR1 Field Pocket also opens flat for easy access to your gear.
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Great for: providing additional exterior storage on a MOLLE-compatible bag, or keeping smaller items organized and within reach inside larger carry.
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Magpul Core Breach Gloves ($69.95)

Magpul Core Breach GlovesThese gloves are designed to be comfortable and protective while allowing dexterity for utilizing tools, weapons and other items. Features include leather palms with digitally textured reinforcement for enhanced comfort, molded and padded knuckle caps for impact protection, expansion joints on the back of the fingers for improved flexibility, as well as touchscreen capability.

Great for: giving your hands added protection while keeping them flexible enough to use a range of tools in urban and outdoor environments…

Magpul “El Original” Tejas Gun Belt ($84.95)

Magpul Tejas Gun Belt

Designed to make a big difference to the way you carry your gun, the Magpul “El Original” Tejas Gun Belt is constructed from top grade bullhide leather with a flexible inner layer of reinforced polymer. The construction provides the rigidity required of a gun belt while being comfortable enough for daily use and smart enough for formal occasions. The chrome-plated buckle is removable thanks to tool-free fasteners and the belt has eight holes with 3/4-inch spacing for adjustability.

Great for: if you want the benefits of a tactical belt but with classic leather belt aesthetics…

Benchmade 556 Mini Griptilian ($89.25)

Benchmade 556 Mini GriptilianA versatile tool for diverse environments, this handy knife has a 154CM stainless steel blade, along with an ambidextrous thumb-stud opener and an AXIS locking system for convenient opening and closing. There’s also a reversible pocket clip that accommodates right-handed and left-handed users.
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Great for: both everyday and outdoor use when you want to carry a compact, lightweight and functional knife…
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DPx HEAT Hiker ($124.98)

DPx HEAT Hiker
Designed by author and journalist Robert Young Pelton, this fixed-blade knife incorporates a carabiner in the handle so it can easily attach to a bag or other gear. Alternatively wear it around your neck with the included sheath and lanyard. With its durable stainless steel construction and lightweight minimalist design, this is a convenient everyday tool you can have at the ready whenever you need it.
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Great for: if you want an EDC knife that’s easy to carry, simple to use and won’t weigh you down…
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Fellhoelter TiBolt Titanium Pen ($145-$150)

Fellhoelter TiBolt Titanium Pen

Badass looks with the build quality to back them up. This rugged bolt action pen is crafted in the USA using titanium for long-lasting and lightweight durability. It accepts Parker, Schmidt Easy Flow and Fisher Space Pen refills and comes in both a standard and deluxe version (which includes attractively understated decoration).

Great for: when you need a functional, durable and lightweight pen with an addictive bolt action that’s fun to play with…

Snow Peak Titanium Flask ($148.99)

Snow Peak Titanium Flask
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Elegant, understated and durable, this titanium flask from Snow Peak is a fine way to enhance the enjoyment of your favorite tipple. Titanium won’t affect the flavor of the contents, while providing a tough but lightweight means of ensuring that satisfying swig is just a back pocket away.
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Great for: classy carry for your drink of choice, with a pared-back and hard-wearing design that looks equally good in the city or scoping out mountaintop scenery…
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The James Brand The County ($150)

The James Brand The County
The County offers a handsome combination of Walnut wood and 416 stainless steel in a sleek design that easily slips into your pocket. The  slip joint knife has a Sandvik 12C27 steel blade and makes an attractive addition to your EDC or outdoor carry.
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Great for: if you’re after a knife that isn’t carried on the hip, and which handles a range of daily tasks, from opening boxes to DIY repairs, in a smart and streamlined design…
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Salomon Forces XA Pro 3D Mid GTX Sneakers ($179.95)

Salomon Forces XA Pro 3D Mid GTX

Need to make a quick getaway? Got to cover some serious ground? Wherever the day leads, these shoes are ready to take you there. A range of handy features such as a mid-height design for ankle support and protection, waterproof construction with a Gore-Tex membrane, comfortable cushioning and quick lacing help you get where you need to go while keeping your feet happy.

Great for: handling a range of terrains while providing comfortable support in a low-key design… .

Petzl NAO ($185)

Petzl NAO headlamp

The cleverly-designed NAO headlamp features a REACTIVE LIGHTING mode that allows it to automatically adjust the brightness depending on changing light conditions. That means you can stay focused on the task at hand without having to manually adjust the brightness. The headlamp offers a maximum of 575 lumens and also comes with a rechargeable battery that is juiced via a USB connection. Learn more here.

Great for: hands-free illumination that can adjust to changing lighting needs without the user having to stop their current task or activity…

Triple Aught Design Shag Master Hoodie ($200)

Triple Aught Design Shag Master Hoodie

Staying warm on the mission goes a long way to ensuring success – whether you’re scouting out the trails, setting up camp or simply zipping around town ticking off your to-do list. Cozy and comfortable, the hoodie is made from Polartec® Thermal Pro® High Loft fabric to provide warmth without weighing you down. The hoodie is designed to keep heat loss to a minimum while you’re relaxing, and to allow air to pass through for breathability when you’re on the go.

Great for: when you need a compressible layer that provides great warmth while still allowing for an active lifestyle…

Mystery Ranch ASAP ($245)

Mystery Ranch ASAP Pack

Mystery Ranch’s smallest assault pack is designed for daily use and incorporates MR’s 3-Zip design for easy access to the contents. Organization comes in the form of interior and exterior webbing, a zipped lid pocket and two internal sleeves that accommodate hydration bladders or other items as needed. The 18L pack includes the adjustable Mystery Ranch Futura harness and a stowable waistbelt.

Great for: if you need to carry smaller loads and want a hard-wearing bag that provides quick access to the contents…

Triple Aught Design FAST Pack EDC ($340)

Triple Aught Design FAST Pack EDC

The recently updated FAST Pack EDC rocks a variety of useful features including improved suspension, a full clamshell opening, new interior and exterior anchor points plus a top attachment system for bulky items such as jackets or ropes. The ever-popular black colorway lends itself to the tactical vibe of the pack, with Coyote Brown and Foliage Green providing alternatives if you want to do a little side step away from black bags.

Great for: a pack that can be customized for different carry needs, whether you’re using it for day-to-day tasks, overnight trips or extended travels.

 

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