Thursday, September 05, 2019

The Multi-Tool: The Ultimate Survival Tool

It slices, it dices, it can open a beer and screw things together…It’s a Multi-Tool. This versatile hand tool serves a myriad of functions and can be easily transported in your pocket for everyday carry and is great to have when camping or building your Bug Out Bag. Below I’ve broken down some of the key features and applications for this must-have accessory.

Pliers and Wire Cutters: Every good multi-tool has a strong set of pliers. Rothco’s Multi-Tool includes a set of needle-nose pliers, regular pliers, and wire cutters. When you’re camping, you can use these pliers to move objects that are too hot, and bend wire and other materials to make a makeshift fishing hook. The wire cutters can be used to cut small branches, phone charging cables, and wires to make additional survival items, such as rope to tie objects down or together.

Serrated Saw Blade: This blade type is perfect for cutting wood and vines. When you are deep in the wilderness, you may need smaller pieces of wood to start a fire, build a shelter or a trap for food.

Screwdrivers: If your compass, binoculars, or other outdoor gear has a screw loose, Rothco’s Survival Multi-Tool features three screwdrivers- a large and small flathead screwdriver, and a Phillips head screwdriver.

Nail File: You can strike a match against the nail file to start a fire, or sharpen a blade for self-defense or sharpen an axe for cutting wood, or maybe even a manicure.

Can and Bottle Opener: Rothco’s EDC Multi-Tool includes a can / bottle opener combo tool so you can pack away canned food in your Bug Out Bag or other survival kits for emergency rations.

Awl: An awl may seem like a simple tool, but it provides a function that a knife can’t do properly – make perfect punctured holes. Whether in wood, a belt, or other objects, the awl will make a perfectly symmetrical hole for threading rope, string, a small stick, and other items through. In addition, and awl is great for breaking apart ice.

Straight Edge Blade: The straight edge blade can be used to cut open packages, cloth, paracord, or used as a weapon for self-defense while in the great outdoors.   

This survival tool is the perfect versatile item to get you through any challenge that comes your way. View our entire collection of Multi-tools here.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Ultimate Tactical Vest #GOTM

Our Gear of the Month for August is one of our top-selling tactical vests: The MOLLE Plate Carrier Vest. It's constructed of heavyweight 600 Denier Polyester and features MOLLE webbing that covers most of the vest, making it ideal for attaching modular pouches and accessories.

The military vest also features armor plate pockets, that easily store soft and hard armor, on the front and back side panels.

Loop fields on the front and back of the vest, along with an admin pouch, allows for storage of small essential gear and morale patches.

Rothco's plate carrier vest also features adjustable should straps, with detachable pads for maximum comfort.

You can view all the great features of the #GOTM with our product breakdown video below or find it at your closest Rothco retailer today.

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Monday, July 01, 2019

Rothco's 2019 Summer Camp Charity Program

Continuing with our tradition of giving back to the community, for the 7th year in a row, Rothco will be sponsoring summer camp programs across Long Island, NY.  The goal of Rothco's Summer Camp Program is to give deserving children who otherwise would not be able to participate in camp programs due to financial hardships the opportunity to experience a summer filled with sun and fun. At Rothco, we believe in giving back to the community that has helped make Rothco who we are today, which is why we are so proud and excited to continue the summer camp program. 

This year we are excited to give over 30 deserving young children the opportunity to participate in local camp programs. Our camp program is one of the most important things we do here at Rothco. We believe it helps create a healthy environment for our local children and help them grow into good citizens. Everyone here at Rothco is proud to say we work for a company that is so willing to give to others. For more information on the organizations, Rothco supports, please visit

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Rothco Dealer Spotlight - M3 Surplus

Join us as we take a visit to one of our dealers, M3 Surplus! This massive store is located 45 minutes outside of Detroit, in the Clinton Township of Michigan. M3 was founded 6 1/2 years ago after Kathy and Patrick McCormick decided to go into business for themselves and they saw a need and opportunity in their community for a surplus store. M3 has been a Rothco dealer since they started their business.

The store is a mix of products, between military pride items, duty gear, survival, and surplus. They have one of the nation’s largest veteran populations in their community, so naturally, a lot of their customers are members of the military and veterans. In addition to military members, M3 has a diverse customer base ranging from police and security to survivalist and military youth programs.

M3 Surplus is located at 34920 S. Gratiot Ave, Clinton Twp., MI 48035. If you are near the area, stop by and support your local surplus store. They also offer discounts to Military, Veterans, Youth Programs and First Responders.

Be sure to check out the entire story and view more store pictures on our website here. You can also visit their website at and find them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Going To The Gym? Don't Forget Your Gym Duffle / Backpack

Hello there! My name is Preston and I am the E-Commerce Coordinator here at Rothco, and I wanted to share my experience with one of Rothco’s most versatile bags. Rothco’s Convertible 19” Canvas Duffle/Backpack is a great bag designed with a variety of features to carry almost anything to any destination! Personally, I use this adaptable duffle backpack as my go-to gym bag.

The canvas duffle backpack features a large compartment with a large circular zipper opening to comfortably fit a lot of gym gear. I myself store my gym clothes, towel, water bottle, workout straps, and pre-workout powder all into this main compartment with PLENTY of room to store additional items.

The backpack duffle bag includes a front zipper pocket and two side zipper pockets to store additional gym accessories as well. I use the front zipper pocket to house my shower accessories such as shower gel, deodorant, and flip-flops. With the side zipper pockets, I store my phone, wallet, keys and other everyday essentials.

Another great feature about this convertible duffle bag backpack is the variety of ways you can carry it. With two durable canvas carry handles and hideaway padded backpack straps, you can comfortably carry the bag as either a backpack or duffle bag.

If you love a roomy bag that will fit all your gym essentials, I believe this is the backpack for you. However, this backpack duffle combo is not only great for gym use, but for school, camping, and other travel situations as well. Rothco’s Convertible 19” Canvas Duffle/Backpack is a win-win choice for a convenient bag that will carry everything you need to your next destination.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Grand Ole' Flag

June 14th marks the day where people across the United States celebrate that high flying flag we know and love. Flag Day became officially established as a national holiday on August 3rd, 1949, by President Truman when he signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day. However, this holiday was being celebrated long before that. Below you'll find some interesting facts about the Flag Day holiday and the Stars and Stripes itself:

  • Flag Day was invented by a teacher named Bernard J. CiGrand in Wisconsin, back in 1885
  • It is celebrated on June 14th, because that was the day that Congress officially recognized the flag as the official flag of the United States in 1777
  • Flag Day shares the same birthday as the United States Army
  • The 50-Star flag was designed by a high school student in 1958 as part of a school project; it was later picked by President Eisenhower to be the new flag of the nation after Alaska and Hawaii were officially added to the Union
  • Pennsylvania is the only state to recognize Flag Day as a legal state holiday, as that's where the flag was born

The National Flag Day Foundation uses this holiday to teach the history about the flag and to keep the tradition of Flag Day alive. You can read more about the national holiday here.

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Thursday, June 06, 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary

June 6th, 1944

Today we honor, remember and reflect on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, one of history's most significant days which marked a major turning point in World War II. Code Name Operation Overload, D-Day marks the first day of the invasion of Normandy by allied forces. 

The event was one of the largest seaborne invasions in history and combined naval, air and land assaults. In total, more than 156,000 Allied troops including American, Canadian and British forces, stormed 5 beaches (Code Name: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword) along the coast of France. Allied soldiers not only faced bad weather (in fact the invasion was delayed a day because of the weather), they encountered thousands of German soldiers with heavy artillery, including fortified obstacles including barbed wire and wooden stakes.  Over 9,000 Allied forces were killed or wounded during the invasion. D-Day represents the day when the tides began to turn against the Nazis. It marked a significant blow to Hitler’s military strategy and paved the way for the Allies’ entry into Germany.

With such a significant impact on history, it is important to remember the courage and strength that was demonstrated by the brave men who fought in this battle. May we never forget. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Rothco's Employee Gear Review

Hello! My name is Susie and I am the Digital Marketing Coordinator here at Rothco. Recently, I had the pleasure of being able to take one of our popular travel bags on a trip with me to really put it to the test!

The bag I used was Rothco's Canvas Long Weekender Bag. It was the perfect bag for exactly that, a long weekend! We traveled to Austin, Texas together where the bag fit all of my belongings, including too much clothing for a 3-night stay. The weekender's side compartments allowed me to secure my toiletries, socks, bathing suits and even my flip flops, leaving me the entire main compartment for all of my clothing and sneakers. I was even able to put my important travel documents in the front pocket, where I knew they were secured with the zippered pocket and front flap closure. The heavyweight cotton canvas material makes this travel bag extremely durable, but the bag does get heavy when completely packed out.

I would highly recommend this bag for a long weekend. The Canvas Long Weekend Travel bag stood up to the traveling test, with the durable construction it handled bag check at the airport, being thrown into the back of an Uber and on the floor of the Air BNB. Not only did it travel well, but it fits all of my travel needs while leaving a little room for souvenirs to take back home with me (including a surprise stowaway).

All in all, Rothco's Canvas Weekender Bag exceeded my expectations. This is definitely a great long weekend travel bag. You can see more about the canvas bag here.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Going Camping? Don’t Leave Home Without The Right Gear

Going camping? Don't leave home without these must-have camping essentials.

Camping is a great experience for anyone looking to venture into the great outdoors. Here at Rothco, we love the experience of camping as well. Below is a list of items we find essential for any excursion into the wilderness.

For our shelter selection, we have highlighted 2 items that will give you optimal protection and warmth from the outdoor elements. The first item is our Foam Sleeping Pad, perfect for laying out on the bottom of the tent, the sleeping pad cushions your body while removing dampness you help keep you dry. Secondly, the G.I. Type Poncho Liner (aka woobie) is super versatile and can be used as a liner for a poncho or as a sleeping bag or blanket to help aid in keeping you warm.
Food and Water
Easily store and carry water with our Plastic Canteen. Designed for military personnel, the army canteen is very durable and provides a convenient way to hold your water. Rothco's Stainless Steel Mess Kit is perfect for cooking your food over a campfire. On top of that, the mess kit comes with a two-compartment plate that fits on top of the pan.

Fire Starting Accessories
Rothco's Waterproof Match Box safely stores your matches, tinder, and other small fire starting accessories so you can easily start a fire for cooking, sterilizing water, and warmth. A striking strip is featured on the bottom of the match case as well.

Camping Lights

Having a source of light is important when you go camping. Rothco offers a Solar Lantern Torch And Charger that will not only provide light through the lantern or flashlight feature, but the solar charger can charge an electronic device via the USB port.
First Aid Kit

In case of an injury, bringing a first aid kit is a good idea. Featuring a variety of bandages, tape, etc, Rothco's Military Zipper First Aid Kit will have you prepared for medical emergencies.


Rothco's 5-in-1 Multi-Purpose Tool is one of the most versatile items to add to your camping gear collection. The camping multitool features multiple interchangeable heads to cut wood, dig holes, hammer stakes into the ground, and complete many other camping functions.

Bags and Packs
Finally, you need something to store all these camping essentials. Rothco's Medium Transport Pack provides plenty of space and features to attach and store all your camping gear. 

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Friday, May 10, 2019

The Gear Of The Month Is...

 Our OTG (Over The Glasses) Ballistic Goggles. 

Rothco’s OTG Ballistic Goggles will ensure optimal eye protection with 2mm thick polycarbonate lenses that meet ANSI-Z87-1 and military standards for impact protection (MIL-DTL-43511D). he tactical goggles are designed to comfortably fit a pair of glasses underneath with a 7/8” cut out on each side for the temples of the glasses.

Additional Features of the Shooting Goggles Include
  • 2mm Thick Polycarbonate Anti-Fog And Anti-Scratch Lenses
  • UV 400 Protection
  • Moveable Hinges Allow Goggles To Stay In Place While Mobile
  • Adjustable Strap With Rubber Grip For The Perfect Fit
  • Top And Bottom Vents For Breathability
  • 3/8” Foam Padding Provides Long-Lasting Comfort
  • Cleaning Cloth And Cover Included To Protect Goggles When Not In Use
Wanna See The Goggles In Action? We gave our OTG Tactical Goggles to the Daily Shooter, to do what he does best. Shoot'em Up. Watch the video below

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

50 Ways To Effectively Use A Bandana

Ever wonder how many different things you could do with a bandana? Don't underestimate this small piece of fabric as it is so much more than a handkerchief. There is a reason why Rothco sells over 50 different colors and various sizes. We came up with 50 different ways you can use a bandana, check it out below:

Cleaning Cloth
1. Firearm cleaning cloth
2. Mark a trail
3. Clean glasses, goggles, and other eyewear
4. Bullet patches for muzzleloader
5. Potholder
6. Washcloth/Towel
7. Knee/Elbow Pad
8. Firestarter
9. Coffee filter
10. Flag football or capture the flag
11. Wet face cover to escape from fire
12. Dog collar
13. Dust mask
14. Stick two ends through skydiving helmet for “bunny ears” on the jump
15. Hair tie
16. Fishing net
17. Hobo Pack
Gift Wrap

18. Head covering – tucked underneath a hat to protect your neck from the sun
19. Sling - for an injured arm or firearm
20. Cold/Hot Pack
21. Toilet paper
22. Sweatband
23. Handkerchief
24. Concealment for a concealed carry weapon
25. Tourniquet – use with a straight stick
26. Scarf
27. Socks
28. Blindfold
29. Signal flag – put on the end of a stick
30. Flashlight cover
31. Food wrap
32. Du-Rag
33. Tie things together
34. Wrapping Paper
35. Water filter
36. Weapon – fill with rocks or other debris
37. Grip other objects
38. Salad spinner/strainer

Extra Padding
39. Eye patch
40. Bookmark
41. Toothbrush – wrap around finger and begin brushing
42. Insole for shoes
43. Shoulder padding for Bug Out Bag
44. Muzzle for animals
45. Mini parachute  - for dropping small items/gear
46. Gas Cap
47. Treeline setter – fill with a heavy object and tie to a line, then throw it over a tree branch
48. Bandage
49. Kite or kite tail
50. Check for wind direction

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Friday, April 12, 2019

The Plate Carrier Vest

Rugged yet lightweight, Rothco's Plate Carrier Vest is MOLLE compatible and designed to hold soft and plate armor. Constructed from 100% heavyweight polyester (MultiCam version is heavyweight cordura nylon), our tactical vest is designed to be durable and functional out in the field. Featuring:

  • MOLLE webbing for attaching modular pouches
  • Front and back internal sleeves for soft armor and plates
  • Adjustable and detachable cummerbund with pockets
  • Padded, adjustable shoulder straps with quick release side buckles for easy removal

This vest is more than just a tactical vest; it's designed to protect the wearer and provide functionality when out in the field. The MOLLE webbing allows for mag pouches, first aid kits, ammo pouches and more to be attached and utilized when needed. Durable construction of the plate carrier helps to protect the torso while a padded mesh interior allows for breathable comfort. Rothco's Plate Carrier is the #1 vest for all your tactical needs. Just look at what one customer had to say about the vest himself:

Discover more about Rothco's Plate Carrier Vest in our latest video below and view it on our website