Cool Tactical Gear: Must Haves This Summer

Summer is here, and that means more adventures. Having the right gear with you when exploring a foreign city or venturing into the heart of a national park influences how much fun you’ll have. These days, you can go far beyond a quality backpack and a comfortable pair of shoes. There’s an overwhelming selection of cool tactical gear that solves many problems you may encounter during your summer exploits. We’ve narrowed down the selection to two must-haves during this season. Those are HOT!

1Tac Tactical Pen

Edward Bulwer-Lytton once famously mentioned that the pen is mightier than the sword. We’re not sure whether he had the 1Tac Tactical Pen in mind when he said it, but we wouldn’t be surprised. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, this multifunctional tactical pen combines several useful survival items into a single package.

Like any ordinary pen, the 1Tac allows you to jot down notes, draw pictures, or fill in forms. But unlike most pens, it writes just as well in dry conditions as it does in pouring rain or in sub-zero temperatures. Coupled with the non-aggressive appearance, the 1Tac is an excellent everyday writing instrument and the pen of choice for many firefighters, police officers, and military personnel.

The tip is made from heat-resistant steel containing tungsten. When repeatedly struck against hard objects, it doesn’t dent or break. Because the tip directs all impact force to a small area, even weak or injured people should be able to easily shatter glass windows of a car in case of an accident.

Unscrew the pen in half, and you’ll expose a razor-sharp stainless steel blade for cutting seat belts, rope, or preparing firewood. While small, the curved edge of the blade makes it precise and effective. It’s perfect as a backup blade or as an inconspicuous EDC (everyday carry) knife.

The top side of the 1Tac tactical pen houses a bright LED. The LED can be activated with a press of a button. At 80 lumens, it’s almost as bright as a 25-watt incandescent bulb. If you can imagine what it would be like to have a lightbulb in your tent or car, you can imagine how bright the 1Tac pen is. If not, turn off the light in your bathroom and activate the LED light on your smartphone. The chances are that it will be similar in brightens to the pen—although much less practical.

The 1Tac pen weighs 1.23 ounces and measures 5.90 inches. Its matte black finish doesn’t attract unwanted attention. Neither does the streamlined body. Many tactical pens try to look as frightening as possible, making them seem more like dangerous weapons than pieces of cool tactical gear. Should you ever need to use it in a defense situation, you definitely don’t want to be in a position where you would have to explain to a judge why you carry with you something clearly made to take lives, not save them.

You can order the 1Tac tactical pen for $39.99 for a single pen (sold with 2 sets of batteries and 1 ballpoint refill). You can also choose from several discounted bulk options. Shipping is free, and an expedited shipping option is available for $9.99 for those who can’t wait to get their hands of the pen.

1HYDRO Pro Filtration System

The extent of industrial water pollution is alarming. Hundreds of thousands of cities around the world have limited access to drinkable water. A single failure of a city-wide water purification system could leave many without a clean water source. In 2014, 10,000 gallons of a chemical called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked from its storage into the Elk River. This overwhelmed the carbon filtration system in the West Virginia American Water treatment plant. It took only a week for 400 people to end up in the hospital with rashes, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms.

This could have been prevented with the 1HYDRO Pro. This high-quality portable water filtration system can remove 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria. The 1HYDRO Pro filters water pollutants through hollow-fiber-membrane traps and an antibacterial carbon filter. The filters can filter up to 396 gallons of water. Once you exceed this limit, you can swap the filters for new ones.

The bottle itself is made from a BPA-Free plastic material. Despite its compact size and small weight, the bottle holds up to 650 ml of liquid. You drink from the bottle using a flip-flop mount outlet. A heavy-duty seal makes it impossible for debris and small organisms to enter the bottle. A nylon wrist lanyard allows you to attach the bottle to your wrist or a backpack securely.

Of course, it’s not just emergency situations when a portable filtration system is useful. Even a casual bike ride can be much more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about water. Just fill the 1HYDRO Pro from any pond or river and keep riding. The same goes for hiking, camping, or hunting. Filtration systems like this one are also often used by people working in industrial areas with limited access to drinkable water. Why would you trust the tap water at work when you can protect your health with the 1HYDRO Pro?

A single 1HYDRO Pro bottle costs $39.99. Two bottles retail for $75, or $37.50 each. If you decide to purchase 10 bottles, you’ll pay only $30 for a bottle. The discounted bundle is great for rescuers, people working for non-profits, and those who care about the wellbeing of friends and family.