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The most impactful piece of kit I’ve ever owned!

All right, brace yourself, but this piece of kit is for down time, not the fight (although, I have seen guys roll out on QRF in these.) Behold the Reef Fanning flip flops with an integrated bottle opener!  This piece of gear has completely changed my life.  No more searching high and low for a bottle opener, trying my hardest to open a beer with my can of Copenhagen (years of lessons and I still can’t do this!!) or banging my beer against a railing to crack open that refreshing goodness. Now, just like my spare magazines perfectly placed on my kit, I now had the means for a “speed reload” while decompressing after a hairy mission.


While I was in Baghdad, the beer we got most often was Corona. Not my favorite, but it does the trick. Obviously being contractors, we were allowed to drink (I am, in no way, condoning active military breaking the rules and drinking beer!) There was always a lull in the action as we all did our various “tricks of the trade” to open our beers, until the discovery of this wonderful invention. Now, the “reload” was as simple as grab, lift the strong or weak foot (yes, ambidextrous), crack and enjoy.

I realize that these have been around for quite a while, but just like Marines and their radios, we’re always the last to get something new! They are, all joking aside, very comfortable and durable for flip flops. Yes, Gucci “cool guy for the sake of cool guy” kit is perfectly acceptable for R&R!

Kit Up! contributor Bill Janson is a former Recon Marine and is the founder of Eleven 10, a tactical gear manufacturer.

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