|Blue Force Gear: Trauma Kit Now with Tourniquet Now Strap|
|Saturday, 16 May 2009 22:43|
The pull out panel is simple, but with a well laid out elastic webbing matrix. If you purchase the package deal version of the Trauma Kit Now, it comes with:
The exterior also has a small velcro flap pocket on the side for securing shears or rescue hooks while webbing on top is built in to accommodate the Tourniquet Now strap as shown with the Army issue CAT tourniquet. As a bonus, that top webbing is velcro covered to allow the user to apply patches / ID. Since not holding ammo, 500d cordura is used in many places to minimize weight without much loss of durability. For the PALS connection method BFG uses their own variant using velcro tabs combined with snag loops. The result is fairly easy to weave and I'd give it a medium security rating.
Although not included, the Tourniquet Now strap can also be used on any other kit with PALS webbing such as vests or packs. It is one of those simple ideas that you can't figure out why no one has made it before. Just weave it where a tourniquet is desired and you are good to go. It perhaps could also be used as quick access mounting of some bandage types.
At the moment I think the Trauma Kit Now is the easiest to deploy IFAK system on the market. Every detail is well thought out and executed resulting in my high recommendation of the pouch. The only con side I can think of is security worries of an accidental rip out, however the chances of something snagging to the non-looped pull tab are quite slim. Be sure and check out the video to see it in action: