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5 Gear Items for Summertime EDC

5 Gear Items for Summertime EDC

At the peak of the summer heat, those who pack a concealed-carry gun might long for the depths of winter, if only for the ease of concealing a full-size handgun under a heavy coat. As the weather warms up and shooters shed layers, it becomes harder to keep that personal-defense pistol hidden from view. Here are five pieces of gear that can help you stay cool during hot weather and look great while doing it:

A.
Available in short- and long-sleeve sizes, the Vertx Guardian Shirt features VaperCore, a semi-compression underlayer, from the lower chest to the waist, that is designed to provide discreet access to a concealed handgun without sacrificing comfort. MSRP: $64.95 vertx.com

B. Designed to minimize the telltale shape of a handgun, the Galco Pocket Protector Holster boasts a metal-reinforced mouth for easy release of the pistol during presentation. The hooked shape and rough-out textured exterior aids retaining the holster inside the pocket during the draw. Choose from black or brown. MSRP: $30 galcogunleather.com

C. The popular CamelBak Chute Water Bottle now includes a magnetic cap to keep it securely stowed, yet close at hand when you need a drink. A wide-mouth opening allows hassle-free filling with ice and water, while the angled spout makes it easy to sip without sloshing or spilling. There’s even a convenient handle for grabbing on the go. MSRP: $15 camelbak.com

D. In addition to offering lots of pockets, Propper Men’s Kinetic Shorts are lightweight and made with NEXStretch, a mechanical stretch fabric that is designed to move with you for enhanced comfort. Available colors include black, olive, khaki and navy. MSRP: $44.99 propper.com

E. Built with attitude as well as a cause, Combat Flip Flops’ AK-47 Flip Flops are constructed from full-grain cow leather and feature mil-spec boot rubber outsoles for enhanced stability. Cast 7.62x39 mm casings adorn the straps for an added touch of firearm-oriented flair. Best of all, each purchase funds one day of secondary school for a girl in Afghanistan. MSRP: $49.99; combatflipflops.com

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