Medical EDC considerations often take a back seat to guns, knives, and other support gear without any consideration for possible medical/trauma needs. That’s WRONG. So, Trek says you should check out the AFAK kit from Ryker Nylon. And yes, we know the K is redundant.
This article was originally published in mid-2016. Its importance has not changed.
Ryker’s AFAK Kit
We get it. Sometimes looking like a tactical turtle is part of life (See: Vacationing in Chicago.) Ballistic lids, plate carriers, mags, lights, pouches, drop-legs, doo-dads, gizmos, and thingamabobs that are needed for the mission get strapped to us in one way, shape, or form. Thankfully, regardless of the loadout in today’s age of playing “How much gear can one person hold?” (Aka Why are there Slim Jims in your mag pouch?!), we are finding that very few people leave out the med kit or IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) when considering their “bad day” rig.
What we often find however, is when the kit comes off and flip-flops and casual-wear become the norm again, our medical considerations take a back seat because of comfort, concealability or lack of pocket and/or belt space. Enter the Ryker AFAK kit (AFAK=Ankle First Aid Kit).
In a quest to fill a gap in medical kit options for law enforcement, the folks at RTN came up with a simple, lightweight ankle-worn rig that maximizes use of limited space while discretely attached to the wearer’s ankle. This little rig and other ankle medical kits like it have proven viable for people from all walks of life and professions.With multiple vertical pouches to hold a myriad of life-saving options, the AFAK also has a horizontal pouch that is designed to fit a chest seal. As ordered, the AFAK comes empty and allows the user to configure the rig as desired.
For LEOs (or those worried about being left handcuffed to a bedrail after an interesting Friday night) the AFAK can also house a hidden, easy-access handcuff key that can be configured by the wearer.
Working with low-cut footwear or boots with included extension, the AFAK hides well under normal “tactical pants” and blue jeans alike (NOTE: leave your skinny jeans at home, hipsters). After a short break-in walk around the house, the slight weight difference on one leg quickly becomes a non-issue. Even in a full-tilt run, the hook and loop retention straps keep all life-support gear right where it needs to be.
We know that when life is on the line seconds count, and that the best gear left at home does us no good. Ryker Nylon has given us a heck of an option for carrying an IFAK, and cut our excuse options in half.
You can find Ryker Nylon online at rykernylongear.com/.