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A couple years ago, Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics designed a multi-functional axe with hammer and pry-bar ends that would ultimately evolve into the 5.11 Tactical VTAC Operator Axe. As much as we loved the hammer, axe, pry-bar and two dozen other functions packed into this behemoth of a tool, it always felts like it was just a little too big to be carrying around in a bag on the regular. Which is why we were so pleased to learn that they had boiled down the feature set of the 5.11 Tactical Operator Axe into a more compact version. The appropriately named 5.11 Tactical Operator Axe Compact still has hammer, axe and pry-bar functionality, along with hex-bit capability (and a stowed bit), a ruler and notches for a paracord-wrap handle, so it does everything you expected the original to do. But the compact version packs all that functionality into a ten inch length (five inches shorter than the original) that works great as an EDC multi-tool and hatchet.

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Xeric watches have always been bold, unique and stylish, but their newest watch is absolutely otherworldly. Xeric teamed up with NASA to create watches for the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11. The dial features a star map of the constellations surrounding Trappist-1. The grill references the ISS cupola window to give you the sense of looking out into space. The dome crystal is Hesalite, a material originally developed by NASA in the ’60s. Time is displayed with planetary hour and minute hands and stars on the sweeping seconds hand. It’s like wearing space on your wrist.