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NavELite Updates and App

I am pretty excited about the upcoming NavELite. It will really fill a void in the market for quality wrist compasses.

If you want a preview of how the NavELite will look and work, you can check out their new iPhone/iPad App. The app replicates the look the face and needle on the NavELite. It also has a backlight function and you can rotate the “bezel” to set an azimuth. The NavE-Compass app is free and well worth a look if you own an Apple device.

There are a lot of other interesting things happening around NavELite HQ other than the new app. They are currently experimenting with a very promising method of waterproofing the NavELite.It remains to be seen whether this waterproofing concept will find its way into the standard NavELite or if it will be available in a second, more water-resistant model. Additionaly, the backlight button has been redesigned to improve performance.

It is cool to see a company that not only shares their fascinating development process but also constantly tweaks their design to make sure it is perfect. Check out the NavELite website and Facebook Page.

Dopp Kit 2.1

Hot on the heels of the Dopp Kit 2.0, Advanced Outfitters is rolling out the Dopp Kit 2.1.

Many users liked the functionality of the ultralight 2.0 but wanted something made from heavier material for organizing items like tools and other gear that can be hard on lightweight materials. The Dopp Kit 2.1 is identical in design to the 2.0 but it is made from 1000D nylon so it is heavier but more durable.

The Dopp Kit 2.1 is available now in black. You can contact Advanced Outfitters through their website, on Twitter, on the Usual Suspect Network, and now on Facebook.

Topo Designs Daypack

1000 denier Cordura nylon, high visibility coated pack cloth lining, heavy duty hardware and zippers, seatbelt webbing reinforced shoulder straps, internal organization pouches and laptop sleeve… Sound like a new tactical pack? It does, but it isn’t. Those are all features of the Topo Designs Daypack.

I am always on the lookout for EDC bags that don’t look so “tactical” but that offer the durable and functional materials that I have come to appreciate from a typical tactical pack. We all have stuff that we carry every day but no one wants to look like they just got dragged through a military surplus store. The Topo Designs Daypack would be at home on the trail, at the office, or around town and all without drawing any undue mall ninja attention.

Topo Designs manufactures bags that have outdoor adventure ready durability and discreet, retro design sensibility. They make all of their bags, including the Daypack, in their LEED certified building in Colorado and still manage to offer them at very reasonable prices. Check them out at TopoDesigns.com.

Swiss Bianco M-Sharp Sharpener

When it comes to touching up your knife’s edge in the field, there are few things more convenient than a small diamond sharpener and I can’t imagine a more convenient way to carry one than the Swiss Bianco M-Sharp.

The M-Sharp is a small diamond sharpener that can be carried in an ingenious way. The diamond sharpener is mounted on a blackened stainless steel backing that is hooked at each end which allows it to mount on MOLLE webbing. The M-Sharp also has a small lanyard hole for additional carrying options. The grit is somewhere between fine and medium according to the manufacturer.

Check out the M-Sharp at SwissBianco.com.

5.11 Tactical Battery Case

I always have spare CR123 and AA batteries with me. I suspect that many of you do, too. I am always on the look out for a good way to keep them organized and at hand. 5.11’s new Tactical Battery Case looks like it may be a good solution.

The Tactical Battery Case is a small waterproof case that can carry up to 4 batteries (either AA or CR123) without allowing them to rattle. It utilizes a thumbscrew closure which 5.11 says is operable with gloved hands. It can be attached to MOLLE webbing or just carried loose in a pouch.

Check out the Tactical Battery Case on 5.11Tactical.com.

Kletterwerks Returns

We have been watching for the return of Kletterwerks ever since Soldier Systems Daily scooped the reformation of the iconic brand that was an early venture of Dana Gleason (founder of Mystery Ranch). Now the first of these retro packs that have been updated with some modern amenities are finding their way to retailers and they look great.These bags should be at home handling just about any chore from EDC to busting brush.

If you are looking for a tough as nails pack with a non-military appearance, you may want to check out the Kletterwerks offerings at Wilderness Workshop. The Kletterwerks website is still “Coming Soon.”

Kletter Day


The knife world is infatuated with small, skeletonized handle neck knives for good reason. They are nearly as easy to carry as a folding knife but offer the strength of a fixed blade. TOPS Knives offers several knives that fit this description but their newest, the TOPS TIBO, is one of the best looking examples that I have seen.

The TOPS TIBO has a 6 1/2″ overall length with a 2 3/4″ blade. It is made from 1/8″ 1095 steel and features a sweeping curved edge with a full height flat grind. The handle is skeletonized to reduce weight and it has jimping to enhance grip in key places.

The TOPS TIBO certainly looks like a very useful knife. Check it out on TOPSKnives.com.

Bad Blood Knives Push Dagger at TacStrike

The Sean Kendrick designed Bad Blood Knives line from HallMark Cutlery is really making a name for itself as a high value brand. TacStrike has been carrying them for sometime now and the customer feedback has been great.

They recently received their first shipment of the Bad Blood Knives Push Dagger and they are offering some special deals to help spread the word. If you purchase a Push Dagger and an Arch Frame Target Carrier, you will receive 50% off the Push Dagger. Additionally, any purchase of a Push Dagger will also include a Bad Blood Sticker, a TacStrike Pin-Up-Girl Sticker and a Pocket Constitution.

Push daggers can be a very intuitive and easy to retain option for those who are looking to add self defense knife to their EDC. The user needs only to grip the knife properly and make a fist.

Check out the Bad Blood Knives Push Dagger on TacStrike.com.

Fight and Flight Tactical YUCK II

At JTT, we love the original YUCK from Fight and Flight Tactical. Each of my daughters have one and they see constant use. So, we were excited to see that Dave at Fight and Flight Tactical is now making an upsized version, the YUCK II, that is designed for grade-schoolers just in time for back-to-school.

The new YUCK II is made with all the same great materials as the original YUCK. That includes 1000D nylon, full 420D pack-cloth lining, quality hardware, heavy duty mesh, and everything else that you would expect to see on a bomb-proof pack made for grown-ups. It has the same pocket configuration with a large main compartment, inner mesh slip pocket, mesh bottle/cup holders, and an exterior pocket for small items. It even features the same leash attachment points and oversize grab handle so you can keep your hand on junior in a crowd or grab them quickly when they are about to knock over a stack of soup cans at the grocery store.

There are a few differences between the YUCK and YUCK II. The first was already mentioned – it is larger (12″W x 15″T x 3″D). The YUCK II features a hydration sleeve with bladder hanger and port at the back of the main compartment and the shoulder straps have been moved higher to give extra room to accommodate bigger kids.

Check out the new YUCK II at Fight and Flight Tactical.

GORUCK Adds New Color Options

GORUCK has a reputation for making some great gear and are especially well known for their backpacks. It used to be that you could get a GORUCK bag in any color that you wanted so long as it was black but now they have released 2 new color options: Sand (tan) and Multicam.

Check out the new color options at GORUCKGear.com.


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