Featured RE Factor Tactical’s Navigator Band David Reeder September 28, 2013 0 COMMENT RE Factor Tactical, manufacturers of the “Survival Operator Band”, have a new 550-cord wristband out; this one features a Suunto compass. RE Factor Tactical is named for the “Relative Effectiveness” Factor used to articulate the relative power of an explosive’s demolition power, measured in equivalent units of TNT. The name is not terribly surprising given the backgrounds of the principals involved in REFT (they are all former SOF personnel – the original Tactical Operator Band, for instance, was developed by a Green Beret SERE Level C graduate). The Navigator Band retails for $32.95. It is handmade, available in black, ranger green or tan and is made of “550” parachute cord. The plastic side release buckle that features a hidden handcuff key to be used in the event of “illegal restraint”. The compact compass itself features an illuminated dial and rotating bezel. It has been placed on the side of the band (not the top, watch-fashion) so it can be referenced without having to turn over the wrist. “We had a couple of customers asking about the reasoning behind the use of the Suunto over a cheaper model in our new Navigator Band. The reason is simple, Suunto makes some of the best navigation pieces in the world. This band is not a last ditch effort item and the Navigator Band is designed to allow you quick reference of direction while conducting Operations. Anyone who has spent time in a combat zone knows the importance of navigation and the ability to tell cardinal directions quickly and accurately. We placed the Suunto compass on the side of the band to allow you the ability to glance at the compass while holding a rifle, steering wheel or while running. Cheaper versions of the compass take a long time to find North and their North is usually off by quite a bit.” RE Factor Tactical Here is the handcuff key at work: You can purchase your REFT Navigator Band here.