Friday, June 6, 2014

MOLLE/PALS in 2014

MOLLE/PALS compatible options

Unless you live under a rock, you know what this stuff is. Its how gear works in the 21st century. Currently the name of the game is lightweight and modularity. In pursuit of this game, you can find all sorts of options in pouches and equipment. From the legacy style systems from NATIK and companies like Eagle Industries and Diamondback tactical (stiffened 1000D Cordura with metal snaps), all the way to 2014 and the wide variety in modern innovation.

MOLLE is a line of pouches, vests and accessories produced for the US Military and others utilizing the PALS system. Due to term usage, the ladder system of PALS is better known as MOLLE. For more information on MOLLE and PALS, see the following Wiki links:

To help give some idea of the various types of PALS systems available on the market (as well as some that take a different spin on the system), I’ve taken the sample of pouches I had on hand and shown them with straps out as well as one strap weaved and secured on the pouch.

The biggest draw back with “legacy” PALS compatible pouches is the snaps. If they broke, you were out of luck. Several companies worked up solutions to that. Among them were Paraclete, Tactical Tailor (MALICE), Blue Force Gear and First Spear (6/9 and 6/12).