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British Tactical Vertical Utility Pouch

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Can be Purchased here: http://www.britishtactical.com/vertical-utility-pouch-multicam/

Background

With my recent crossover to a new lighter and more secure gunbelt, so came the need for lighter and better pouches. For a while I’ve rocked the Osprey utility pouch but in the end I became frustrated with its bulkiness and lack of compartmentalisation. The solution called for something outside of the usual surplus and as I was in the mood to treat myself I thought I’d venture out of the regular off the shelf brands.

After a little look around, I ended up making my first purchase from British Tactical.

 

Description

  • The quick rundown from British Tactical:
    Capable of holding 1L Nalgene Bottle, Jet Boil, 1.1L HPA Air Bottle, Large Radio.
    1000D Crye Precision Multicam Cordura and Murdock Woven Multicam Webbing.
  • Internally pouch has a pocket on each side and dummy cord for securing items.Large Milspec 2-way coil/spiral zip with locking sliders which prevents the pouch from opening by itself.
  • Paracord zip pulls for ease of opening and silent operation.
  •  Reinforced stitching using nylon bonded rot and mildew resistant thread and internally bound seam.
  • Secure MOLLE/PALS attachment system. Tried and tested, proven to be a lot easier to weave than conventional press stud systems.
  • Superb build quality with laser cut fabric (heat sealed), precision automated sewing.
  • Proudly made in the UK.
  • Lifetime Defect Warranty.

Pouch Dimensions:

  • Width – 10cm
  • Height – 22.5cmDepth – 8cm
  • Volume – 1.98ltrs

If you are using a slim 2 row MOLLE belt I recommend missing out the top MOLLE row of the pouch. Otherwise you’ll have the pouch hanging too low and bashing your bum cheek the whole time, should you mount utilities round the back like myself. Mounting it one row up not only eliminates the wiggle but makes getting into the pouch just a tad easier.

Don’t let the slim profile of the pouch full you. It is in fact quite a TARDIS. Even with a water-bottle I found plenty of room in the inner pouches for things like an MS-2000 with spare batteries. Pens, Compass and maybe even a couple cheeky packets of sweets.

Upon arrival, I did have some concern over the fastening tabs for the MOLLE straps being velcro fastened as opposed to snap buttons or fold under hard tabs. But after a quick message to British Tactical I was advised they had been running these fasteners for a while and had yet to have any issues.

Opinion

Awesome quality for a wallet friendly price. I was a little worried about going for a slimmer and longer pouch than is the norm but you gain a fair amount of belt space and the extra depth means your options as to what can be stuffed in there are a lot less limited.

Even after a good couple days in the rain, snow and sand of a minus 0˚C firing range, all the velcro held up and not once has the zipper jammed.

In Summary

Although the pouch is more aimed at being on a Plate Carrier or Daysack, the pouch makes a real difference on a lightweight style gunbelt. The space gained makes for a much more flexible and therefore more comfortable fitting belt. The depth and internal pouches grant much more in the way of utility and organisation that are something to be desired in issued pouches.

And all for a great price. Oh, and did I mention these are made to order? This may mean you have to wait around 7 days for Dispatch but it also means each one has been crafted with care and a good eye as opposed to churned off a mass production line.

Ratings

Cost: ££ Including VAT you’re the bargain price of £24

Value for Money 1-5: 5. Good size and amazing quality for a similar price to most off the shelf brands.

Ease of Use 1-5: 5. It’s a pouch so unless you don’t know how MOLLE works I can’t see any trouble.

Construction 1-5: 5. Sturdy, not a loose thread in sight along with quality materials and a skilled maker make me happy.

Allyness 1-5: 3. Unfortunately it is just a pouch, a really cool pouch, but still just a pouch.

This Kit Pest Review was written by Rob “Harley” Quin. Hopefully you enjoyed it and if you have any thoughts or comments related to this article then leave a comment!

1 COMMENT

  1. It always makes me chuckle when people express concerns about their (BritTac) fastening system when they first see it, I was exactly the same.

    Eight years later I’m more than happy with it and have never had a pouch come off.

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