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This Pack Found At Walmart Looks Very Familiar

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

We received a message Friday about a new line of tactical at gear at Walmart. The SOG line appears to be from SOG Specialty Knives & Tools but they aren’t available through their website, only through Walmart. Although there are numerous clones in the line, we decided to concentrate on the SOG Squadron Pack which bears a striking resemblance to the 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 backpack.

SOG Squadron Pack

Essentially, both are about the same size and serve the same purpose as backpacks but we don’t believe that the 5.11 Tactical product is patented. Instead, we see something amiss that is going to start showing up a lot; Trade Dress. For those unfamiliar with the term, it’s a form of intellectual property. Trade dress is a legal term of art that generally refers to characteristics of the visual appearance of a product or its packaging that signify the source of the product to consumers.

Pack Comparison

As you can see, aside from the overall look of the packs, there are several features in particular that are the same. What remains to be seen is if 5.11 Tactical has noticed (we are pretty sure they will after this story) and what, if anything they might do about it.

SOG Multi-Tools

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

SOG Knives

SOG Knives manufactures several models of multi-tools and I have been using the Black Oxide PowerLock EOD for several years. SOG’s multi-tools offer a variety of unique features. One of the smartest things they have done is position the cap crimper in the handle rather than the jaws of the pliers. This position combined with the compound pressure design allows you to apply plenty of pressure to the task of crimping.

SOG PowerLock EOD

Additionally, on the newer model the pliers are true needle nose. As you can see the tips of the needle nose now come to a definite point. SOG has also incorporated a hard wire cutter on each PowerLock.

SOG Pliers

The compound pressure feature seen below uses a set of gears to increase the leverage placed on the tool by your natural grip by two-fold.

SOG Power Lock

One of the greatest things about SOG Tools is that they are modular. Over time, you may need additional capabilities beyond your requirements when you first acquired your tool. By removing the hex head bolt that holds the individual tool heads in place you can swap out individual tools. This feature makes the SOG Tool a long-term investment. The array of tools available is incredible and grows regularly.

1/4″ Drive
1/4″ Socket Adapter
3″ 1/2 Serrated Blade
3″ Serrated Blade
3″ Straight Blade
Awl
Bottle Opener & Medium Screwdriver
C-4 Spike
Can Opener & Small Screwdriver
Double Tooth Saw
File (3 Sided)
Handle Covers
Phillips Screwdriver
Robertson Drive
Scissors
Screwdriver (Large)
Serrated Line Cutter
V-Cutter

SOG provides an excellent chart that correlates features with different models.

For more information check out SOG Knives.

SOG Fusion Salute

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

SOG Fusion

SOG Knives have been around for years and have long been some of my favorites. They are high quality tools and knives that won’t break the bank. They have been producing knives in their Fusion line that showcase custom features at production prices. The Salute is their first Fusion tactical folder. It comes standard with SOG’s reversible pocket clip attached to machined G10 handles combined with scalloped full-length steel liners. The lockback knife is topped off with a 3.625″ Bowie-style blade made from 8Cr13MoV and features SOG’s newest invention; a movable thumb stud.

SOG Fusion Salute

Available in Bead Blast and Black Oxide finishes, with an MSRP of $50.00 or less, the Salute is both affordable and good looking.