The Best MOLLE Attachments of 2018
When you think of a singular thing that differentiates your typical everyday casual or hiking pack with a tactical pack, it’s probably MOLLE. MOLLE, or Modular Lighweight Load Carrying Equipment, is a system first introduced to the world in 1997 and has caught on with literally every single piece of US military equipment.
MOLLE compatible equipment can be easily identified by the PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) webbing installed on the equipment. PALS webbing is generally made of high strength nylon or laser cut into a piece of material which allows attachments such as additional pouches or equipment to be attached. This allows packs or other equipment to be extended in order to provide additional storage for mission specific requirements. Some examples of MOLLE equipment includes IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) pouches, admin pouches, or even entire packs such as hydration carriers. A quick look of MOLLE compatible equipment literally demonstrates that the sky is the limit here.
At Gear Primer, we’re pretty big fans of MOLLE compatible attachments. Below you’ll find some of what we think are the best.
Tactical Tailor Fight Light Enhanced Admin Pouch
The Best MOLLE Admin Pouch
Tactical Tailor is well known as the maker of some of the highest quality military equipment on the market and the Tactical Tailor Fight Light Enhanced Admin Pouch is an excellent example of this. Made using high quality 500 denier Cordura nylon, the Fight Light Enhanced Admin Pouch features an integrated map/document pouch along with plenty of built-in organization allowing for organized storage of pens, pencils, multi-tools, compass, and more. This makes the Fight Light Enhanced Admin Pouch a perfect addition to any MOLLE compatible backpack, load carrier, or body armor.
OneTigris Military Tactical MOLLE Quick Detach EMT/First Aid Pouch
The Best IFAK Pouch
It really doesn’t matter if you’re working in an office or in the battlefield, there’s always a chance of potential injury which is why the OneTigris Quick Detach First Aid Pouch is an absolute must. Constructed of high strength 1000 denier nylon, the OneTigris Quick Detach First Aid Pouch is relatively small and compact, featuring a size of just 7.1″ x 5.5″ x 2.4″ making it perfect for carrying any equipment needed to treat injuries on the go. Unlike other IFAK attachments, the OneTigris MOLLE Quick Detach First Aid Pouch features quick detach functionality, which makes it easy to quickly detach the pouch from a backpack or other piece of equipment so that the pouch can be quickly removed and relocated to the injured person without having to relocate the entire pack.
Camelbak Max Gear Bottle Pouch
The Best MOLLE Water Bottle Pouch
Camelbak is well known as the leader in hydration products so much so that most people refer to hydration bladders as Camelbaks, even if the product itself isn’t made by Camelbak. As such, you’d expect Camelbak to make an amazing water bottle pouch and in that regard, Camelbak delivers. Constructed of high strength 500D Cordura nylon, the Camelbak Max Gear Bottle Pouch features a completely enclosed design to provide full protection for your water source and is insulated to ensure the contents of the bottle pouch stay cold or as hot as long as possible. As far as sizing, the Camelbak Max Gear Bottle pouch is designed specifically to fit up to Camelbak’s one liter water bottles, but can easily fit similarly sized Nalgene or Hydro Flask bottles.
Vanquest MOLLE Sticks
The Best MOLLE Quick Attach/Detach System
While MOLLE makes it possible to securely attach additional gear to extend the functionality of a backpack or other piece of equipment, if you’re constantly removing and re-attaching stuff like admin pouches or other types of gear, you’ll probably find that weaving the floppy piece of nylon through the PALS webbing is an annoying and time consuming chore. To speed up this process, Vanquest MOLLE Sticks are the perfect solution as the sticks simply unlock, weave through the PALS webbing, and locks into place making attaching and detaching MOLLE pouches or other equipment a breeze.