Need a new rucksack? How about a knife that’s perfect for skinning wild game? Whether you are on leave, part of a military family, a war history buff or just love army aesthetics, these seven stylish items are worth packing...
Combat Flip Flops Claymore Bag: This beauty blends minimalist design—mimicking the bags used to carry Claymore land mines—with maximum functionality. Its unassuming nylon ripstop exterior keeps its inner workings (outer pocket hook attachment system for modifying your load-out, interior MOLLE webbing for accessories, elastic front pocket daisy-chain for immediate need items) a well-kept secret. Even better, the company’s founders are ex-Army Rangers who manufacture flip-flops and other goods in Afghanistan to help the country rebuild. $89, combatflipflops.com
Kota Longboards Sopwith Pup RAF Edition: Deep in the heart of the Wisconsin wilderness, handsome American Hard Rock Maple is selected for its time-tested tenacity. KOTA’s proprietary staining process is then applied, providing a UV- and all-around wear-resistant finish. Then, with this WWI flying ace under your feet, you’re ready to soar. $214 (deck only), $314 (complete, black wheels), kotalongboards.com
Flying Scarfs Royal Blue Afghan Scarf: The not-for-profit company that produces this scarf was founded by our boys in green—and offers those in under-developed countries an honest living. That means this handcrafted accessory can shimmer with an intense cerulean hue while you shine with serious philanthropic pride. Perfect for hardcore desert (or relaxing beach) ops. $40, flyingscarfs.com
Sword & Plough Signature Urban Ruck: Forged from ‘upcycled’ Gortex bivvy sacks and laundry bags, with American-made leather, this vet-produced backpack aims to keep your shoulders comfortable with padded straps and your gear dry with a convenient camo cinch and waterproof laptop sleeve. Ruck yeah. $289, swordandplough.com
Helle Jegermester Knife: Are you the type who prefers to eat something after skinning it yourself? The Norwegian-made Jegermester is crafted from exceptionally sharp 12C27 grade steel and outfitted with an ergonomic birch handle and attractive brass guard. It’s ideal for taking on the role of campsite butcher, but be careful, it’s Helle sharp. $114, helle.no
Field Notes "The Kit": Composed of Steno books, a 2014 calendar, #2 pencils, Clic pens, extra-thick rubber bands, graph paper and a mixed three-pack of notebooks, all The Kit needs is for you to fill its pages with amazing observations and mind-expanding ideas. Or just what you need to pick up from Target. $50, fieldnotes.com
Alpha Industries Leather CWU 45/P Flight Jacket: Premium cowhide, diamond-patterned polyester lining, knit wool cuffs, a figure-flattering waistband, front cargo pockets and an Alpha signature utility pocket have been assembled for your comfort and possibly also your flight prowess. Suit up, ace.$325, alphaindustries.com