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Your definition of "tacticool" ?

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by sbillard, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. sbillard

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    Hi !

    I would like to know your definitions for the word "tacticool" ? For me something tacticool is something that is inspired by tactical gear. It can also be real tactical gear worn / used in a non tactical environment, because it is cool and practical for the layman. Do you think this is correct ? What is your definition of "tacticool" ?
     
  2. ballistic

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    tac·ti·cool
    /taktəko͞ol
    adjective
    1. fashionably attractive or impressive due its design for use by tactical operators.

    "That mall ninja has tacticool gear."
     
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  3. twoisone
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    That dude used a cool tactic by running away from the situation he is untrained for even though he has tactical gear. Thus he is "tacticool." ;)
     
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  4. aicolainen

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    Can't help you. I even struggle to understand the definition of tactical.
    Sometimes it seems anything can become tactical by just painting it OD green or adding molle attachments.
    I'm not trolling, I've honestly been trying to figure this out.


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  5. Caleb

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    I think your definition is pretty spot on. However, sometimes it gets a little geeky, like molle phone holsters and 5.11 bags and all these new sling bags(man purses). While I agree with "to each there own", I usually view and have experienced the "tacticool" crowd to fall into the category of "all gear and no clue". The only tacticool stuff that I still own and use is backpacks. I do like the way USA made military packs feel, look and the way they are constructed and hold up.
     
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  6. huntnow

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    I'm cool, and I'm tactical. I'm tacticool.
     
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    most of the time I read that word I assume that it is being used in a pejorative context.
     
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  9. The Slap

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    Tacticool:

    An item which superficially resembles a true tactical item, or class of items, but which on closer inspection turns out to be unfit for purpose, due to quality, design, construction, or detail. Example: the preverbal "Rambo Knife" - the item won't stand up to hard use (hollow grip). While there may exist hollow-grip knives of mil-spec robustness, which could be considered truly tactical, the novelty store RamboKnife® is not such an item, therefore: tacticool.
     
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  10. aasoverteakettle

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    First: amazing!
    Second: Neil Patrick Harris is not gender neutral, he's openly gay man. And a doctor! Respect.


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  11. sbillard

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    All your answers are interesting, it seems two meanings emerge finally :

    - A pejorative meaning, including pseudo-tactical, non-practical items, keyboard warriors and mall ninjas.
    - A neutral / positive meaning, including the use of tactical or tactically inspired gear by ordinary people just because they like that gear.

    I don't see the term as being pejorative myself. I even claim being a tacticool guy, because I do not pretend to be a warrior / operator. I just do have a geeky fascination for all things tactical.
     
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    The molle on your pack weighs more than the pack by itself.
     
  13. The Slap

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    *Chuckle*.

    "When your modular attachments have modular attachments and your 3000 lumen "assault flashlight" is black anodised so the enemy can't see it in the dark, and your water bottle is weaponized"
     
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    I like Caleb's phrasing. All Gear, No Idea.
     
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  15. Mark_Trail

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    Good answers and definitions!
    Personally I think Matt Best and team have this nailed:




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    Indication of tacticool number 1: poor trigger control.
    Indication number 2: Chrome


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    I think 'tacticool' is making some thing overly 'tactical' when it doesn't need to be.

    PALS webbing on a backpack is often sensible. It provides attachment points, that's why it's there.
    Wearing camo pants to drive to the store, that's tacticool.
    Eating MREs for lunch at your office job, a paracord belt with slacks, wearing an assault vest in pretty much any scenario other that active combat, that's all tacticool.

    I think 'tacticool' is generally situational. There are times when this gear is genuinely needed but unless you are active duty military, it's probably not in your day to day life. Why would you need to wear full fatigues around town? Maybe you wouldn't d if you were hunting but even then you'd likely be wearing a hi-vis vest

    Just my two cents
     
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  19. huntnow

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    Even Tacticool knows better than to place one's booger hook on the bang switch without the muzzle pointed in safe direction.
     
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  20. Tromba

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    I've always interpreted the term as a backhanded insult. I also stopped caring what other people think a while ago.

    No, I have never been in the military or law enforcement. Yes, I do cary a pack with molle. Yes, part of the reason I bought it is because I like the way it looks (isn't that a big factor in how we all choose a pack). I also think molle platform is super practical. I use it in many different ways all the time. Mine is a relatively small edc pack so additional weight of the webbing is not an issue for me, I don't notice it.

    This is just my opinion but it seems to me a lot of bag makers see the benefits of the molle/pals platform. I have seen more main stream companies like timbuk 2 and others using molle. The other trending thing seems to be the laser cut molle. It looks like a lot of manufacturers and consumers recognize the usefulness, but don't wanted to be painted with the tactical (tacticool) brush.
     
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