Used and Abused

TOUGH GEAR IN OUR FA­VORITE COLOR

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“What color would you like?” “Is black an op­tion?” Ev­ery damn time. Black is con­sis­tent. It’s easy to keep clean. It matches my soul. Th­ese two items have been with me through countless trips, countless jobs, and have proved their re­li­a­bil­ity. The Pack An­i­mal back­pack and Zero Tol­er­ance 0566BW knife are both no-non­sense items de­signed to do their jobs very well—and in all black, they both look good do­ing it.

The Pack An­i­mal back­pack is de­signed to be sim­ple and ef­fi­cient, and it’s just that. Its one main pocket can be ac­cessed through the roll-top open­ing in the top of the heavy-duty zip­per down the side. There is only one small outer pocket in the front, per­fect for car­ry­ing flat doc­u­ments, charg­ing ca­bles, and ac­ces­sories. A wa­ter-bot­tle holder on one side is com­ple­mented by two beefy leather straps that I of­ten use to hold my jacket while I travel or if things warm up on a ride. Con­struc­tion is an 18-ounce waxed twill outer with 10.1-ounce waxed can­vas de­tails and premium veg-tanned leather, lined with a wa­ter­proof 10-ounce vinyl. The outer shell gets bet­ter look­ing and soft­ens up the more I abuse it. It shows no signs of slow­ing down, and it’s only get­ting eas­ier to use and more com­fort­able.

The ZT 0566BW has been dip­ping in and out of my pocket for the past cou­ple of years now, and it’s been an in­cred­i­bly de­pend­able tool. Zero Tol­er­ance is one of the largest knife man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world, which al­lows it to work with unique knife-mak­ers us­ing the best ma­te­ri­als, while charg­ing you less be­cause it’s do­ing so on a larger scale. The blade is made of S35VN pow­dered steel, which means it has ex­cel­lent tough­ness and edge re­ten­tion, but it’s also flex­i­ble enough to avoid chip­ping. The front scale is a tex­tured G10 for grip, while the back is a smooth black­ened steel with an in­te­grated lock bar and sta­bi­lizer. For con­ve­nience, there are four dif­fer­ent mount­ing points for the deep-set clip.

SOURCES:PACK AN­I­MAL BACK­PACK pack­an­i­mal.co - $325 ZERO TOL­ER­ANCE ZT 0566BW zt.kaiusaltd.com - $180

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