What Is The SWAT-T Tourniquet and Why Is It The Best EDC TQ?

What Is The SWAT-T Tourniquet and Why Is It The Best EDC TQ?

What is the SWAT-T Tourniquet?

The SWAT-T is an effective, multi-purpose, easy to apply tourniquet that requires little to no training. The SWAT-T's multi-function design can be used as a tourniquet, pressure wrap, elastic wrap, sling or to secure a splint. The tourniquet is latex-free and uses a "Stretch, Wrap & Tuck" system that has been rigorously tested, proving its durability and performance.

Is the SWAT-T Tourniquet CoTCCC Approved?

While the SWAT-T is undoubtedly a capable tourniquet, it can be difficult to apply to yourself. The SWAT-T will not receive approval from the TCCC, as they have mandated one-handed application as a requirement for any tourniquet. Advantages of the SWAT-T over windlass tourniquets is the capability to be used on children and K9s while being affordable, lightweight and compact.

Everyday Carry of the SWAT-T

Everyone in the EDC world is well aware of the bulk that carrying a tourniquet adds. On one hand you have the tried and true NAR C-A-T Tourniquet which uses a Velcro system and is not very kind to clothing, and on the other hand there is the TacMed SOF Tourniquet which does get down relatively compact but can still be uncomfortable to carry around (unless you are wearing cargo pants). 

When staged properly the C-A-T TQ comes in at 1.5" thick and the SOF TQ at 1.75". Now lets look at the SWAT in its packaging. It stands at .75" thick, which is probably thinner than your wallet. It can easily fit in a back or front pocket and doesn't tear up your clothing since there is no hook & loop system. 

Essentially you can look at the SWAT-T as a giant rubber band. It is not a one-trick pony like most tourniquets. Yes, it is tough to apply one hand but it can be done. I will mention it does not taste very good to apply one-handed (as you must put it in your mouth to wrap it around your arm), but in that case, it is "life over tastebuds".

If you are not going to use the SWAT-T for EDC, we still recommend throwing one in your IFAK as they do not take up much real estate and you never know if you will need a second tourniquet or pressure wrap.

Dec 28th 2023 Joe Giumarello

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