DIM: 10.5" x 6.25" x 1" A more unique item, it works great for having quick access to documents and other admin goods. The intention is to mount it on the chest area of you kit, however it can also work well attached to a tactical bag. When mounted to the chest, the panel opens to about 100 degrees thus making a great hands-free admin platform.
DIM: 9" x 6.5" x 3.5" Although originally designed to hold a complete ADF issue ration pack, I find this to be a great general purpose pouch. After seeing the design I'm actually surprised I don't see more like it. The front zip makes this pouch a lot easier to operate when mounted to one's side, which is usually where GP pouches end up. When on the side, the horizontal zipper movement is much more natural than the common top open GP pouches. This design also has more of a rounded rectangle shape with a healthy dose of exterior PALS real estate. The inside is straight forward, with no loops or elastic. Extra plastic slides have been added to the upper back exterior to allow further mounting options. <www.sordaustralia.com>
With morale patches not going away anytime soon, Esstac has made a nice patch case for those with collections. The pouch is more of a slim design, but nicely zips up and feels rugged as all Esstac gear. The exterior front has loop velcro for ID or your favorite patch and then the inside is loop city. The interior sides are all loop, but are also sleeves in which extra patches or spare velcro can be stored. The middle has a removable 2 page pannel that is slightly smaller to make closing the pouch easier. A 3 page pannel can be made on request, but when you fill the pouch full of patches, the standard 2 pages is a good fit. One could even use the pouch for other uses by taking out the pannel and using velcro based pouches. Perhaps a nice modular toolkit pouch. Available in UCP, Multicam, Coyote, and Forest Marpat.
This pouch is the result of Esstac's take on a breakout med pouch. Based on a GP shape, the pouch unzips clamshell style. The front has PALS, loop velcro for pouches, and a shockcord rig for extra tie down options. The red cord is a part of the cool quick deploy system in which one just pulls down on the cord at the bottom of the pouch which causes the zippers to unzip the pouch. Generally this works pretty well, but one does need to make sure the red cords are lined up on the sides of the pouch along the zipper. On the inside is a nice pannel full of various elastic loops to suit many needs. At the ends are extra loops using the binding tape to allow additional cord pulls if desired. The whole pannel rips out using velcro and is a good balance of usage so that it is stable, but not too difficult to rip out and get down to business.
Esstac is always good, but these Toaster mags really stand out innovation wise. At first they just look like typical double 30 round NATO pouches, but the cool thing is that the front mag slot is elastic spring loaded hence the name toaster. When sealed the mags are near level, but once the pouch is opened, the front mag springs up causing it to be much easier to grab. Then when it comes time to grab the back mag, it is easy as well since no other mag is in the way. Elastic holds the back mag in place so the pouch can still work great as a single mag pouch without any mags bouncing around or shock cord adjustment.
These are simple but well done pistol mag pouches. Made for a double stack in mind, one could also use them for 2 single stack mags. They are available both in normal flap versions and flaps with SRBs for those who want extra security. The flaps secure using a generous amount of velcro so I am a fan of the standard flap version. One thing I would change would be to add loop velcro to the inner lid so the flaps are easier fold over exposing the mags. Also I'm not sure if it was my sample batch, but the PALS compatible webbing for the malice clips are sewn way tight. I could not accomplish a weave due to lack of webbing space. That said, they still function great as is.
The Packrat makes for a nice take on an admin pouch sized multipurpose pouch. Elastic on the inner front is good for pens and tools, while the back inner elastic is setup more for small notebooks. In the back is a sleeve pocket for extra documents or thin division. Personally I'd like to see another elastic strip on the inner back for more holding options. Since this pouch opens up clamshell style, it makes the pouch much more versatile than most admin pouches out there. Although PALS webbing on the front is good for quick places to put things, I'd drop the top strip and add loop velcro.
A straightforward hydration pouch with the usual great Esstac quality. Nice and thick with the double layer or cordura and uses the Lenzip zippers so they won't unzip on their own. Although this one is "naked", Esstac also offers this pouch with PALS webbing and PALS strips using cordura for the extra camo matching.
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