By MH Staff - Posted on 19th November 2013
Military-inspired gear that’ll help you overcome any civilian obstacle.
1 Battlefield Tested
1. PASS ANY FITNESS TEST: Under Armour Charged T-shirt. Worn by the US army, these cotton tees have quick-dry tech and four-way stretch for military-like mobility. The collar is forgiving, and the seams are tough. We like black, as in Black Ops. R320, Under Armour. 2. MAKE LIGHT WORK OF ANYTHING: LED Lenser M14 This lightweight tool has a hardened aluminium casing and produces 225 lumens of light from just four AAA batteries. Range is roughly 250m and burn time is approximately 95 hours. R750, Cape Union Mart . 3. FOR THE RECON SCOUT: Luminox Point Man. Used by US Navy Seals, F-117 Nighthawk Stealth pilots and Special Forces hard men. Powered by a precise Ronda Swiss quartz movement too. R5 475, Sutherland & Goodman 011 483 0102. 4. FIX ANY SITUATION: Leatherman OHT Used by army engineers, mechanics and even heavy weapon specialists, this 16-tool military marvel is the first one-handed operating multi-tool that includes both pliers and blades. R1 250, Cape Union Mart . 5. KEEP IN COMMS: Zartek ZA-705 Two-Way Radio Smartphones are expensive, and their reception is not always guaranteed. If you want another dropped call (or are keen to halve your phone bill), invest in two of these radios for holiday time, or even if you work near to where you live. Get outside for the best results. R999, Cape Union Mart .
2 Urban Warfare
6. JOIN THE FRONT LINE: K-Way Sherpa Expedition Duffel Yes, it’s red – but you don’t need camo to pass military muster. Made of waterproof PVC and with water-resistant zips, it’s been tested on both Mount Elbrus and Everest. It’s big (100l), and built to outlast all its luggage competiton. R899, Cape Union Mart . 7. DO A WEEKEND RECCE: Nixon Platform II Backpack If you want to travel light, the Platform is built for speed. This 21l pack has ballistic grade nylon lining and scruff-resistant and rip-stop coated bottom. It’s tough and simple, which is exactly what you need on any mission. R499,
Nixon . 8. FOR THE HEAVY DUTY CARRY: Oakley Kitchen Sink Backpack This 34l pack is also built like a cockroach, and will be around long after you stop breathing. Oakley provides the US army with a lot of their equipment, especially within the boots and packs categories. R2 225, Luxottica, 0861 486 100
3 LEAVE THE LOOPS BEHIND: Oakley Slider Web Belt
Feed the webbing through the metal buckle and set it wherever you need to. Used by millions of soldiers. R200, Luxottica, 0861 486 100
4 FOR THE CIVILIAN DOWNTIME: Nixon Quad Watch
When you don’t need navigational tech or gadgetry, then this is your choice. Consider it a staple of your off-duty kit. R1 250, Nixon .
5 DROWN OUT THE DRILL SERGEANT: SkullCandy Uprock Headphones
They aren’t army issue, but they’re much more comfortable. Really good sound too. R399,
Skull Candy .
6 CAMOUFLAGE YOUR CALLS: Nixon Mitt Print iPhone 5 Cover
Makes an impact on any meeting room table. Improves corporate takeover skills too. R229, Nixon .