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Exploring the Versatility of the Molle System

Exploring The Versatility Of The Molle System

Are you looking for a versatile and customizable solution for your tactical gear? Look no further than the Molle system.

Strap Up and Get Ready: The MOLLE system (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) is a webbing-based platform used to attach and carry equipment and accessories. It is widely used in military, law enforcement, survival and civilian applications, and for good reason. In this article, we will explore the versatility of the Molle system and provide some tips on how to customize your gear using Molle.

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What is the MOLLE system?

The Molle system was developed in the 1990s by the United States Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. It is a modular system that allows users to attach and detach various pouches and accessories to their gear using the system’s webbing and straps.

The webbing is made of heavy-duty nylon and is sewn onto gear such as backpacks, vests, and belts. The system’s versatility allows users to customize their gear to fit their specific needs and mission requirements.

What is the difference between PALS and MOLLE?

Let’s not get confused: the MOLLE system includes PALS webbing. While the terms PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) and MOLLE are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two systems. 

PALS is “the” system with a horizontal grid of repeating fabric webbing straps that is often found on packs and bags. The PALS standard for these strips are to be spaced 1 inch apart and sewn to the backing at 1.5-inch intervals.

While MOLLE on the other hand is the system used to attach pouches and accessories via vertical or horizontal nylon straps that are “webbed” into the PALS system.

MOLLE was designed to be “modular” (hence the name), allowing for greater customization options. Therefore, many modern tactical gear items are “MOLLE Compatible” which means they can be strapped or “webbed” into the PALS system.

Types of MOLLE Pouches

Vertical Utility General Purpose Pouch Molle Small Ranger Green
Chase Tactical General Purpose Vertical Utility Pouch

The Chase Tactical Small General Purpose Utility Pouch attaches with upright MOLLE and features heavy duty zippers with silent pull tabs.

One of the most significant advantages of the Molle system is the wide variety of pouches available for it. These pouches can hold everything from ammunition to water bottles to medical supplies. There are many types of Molle pouches, including:

  • Utility Pouches: These are general-purpose pouches used to carry a variety of equipment and supplies such as Flashlight/Suppressor Pouch.

  • Medical Pouches: These pouches are designed to carry medical supplies such as bandages, gauze, and other first aid items.

  • Magazine Pouches: These pouches are used to carry ammunition magazines for rifles, pistols, and shotguns.

How to Customize Your Gear using Molle

The Molle system allows users to customize their gear to meet their specific needs. To customize your gear using Molle, follow these steps:

Step 1: Identify your needs

Determine what equipment you need to carry and what type of pouches you will need. This will help you choose the right gear and pouches to attach to your Molle system.

Step 2: Choose your gear

Select the gear you want to attach to your Molle system, such as a backpack, vest, or belt.

Step 3: Choose your pouches

Choose the pouches you want to attach to your gear. Make sure to select pouches that are the right size and type for your equipment.

Step 4: Attach your pouches

Attach your pouches to your gear using the Molle system. Most pouches have straps on the back that can be woven through the Molle webbing on your gear.

Step 5: Adjust and test

Adjust the position of your pouches as needed and test the fit to make sure they are secure and easily accessible.

Strap Up And Get Ready: Exploring The Versatility Of The Molle System
Final thoughts

In conclusion, the Molle system is pretty awesome. The MOLLE system provides great flexibility and versatility in configuring gear.

The MOLLE system features rows of webbing with a modular design that allows for a wider range of attachments and customization. This makes it easier for users to tailor their loadouts to specific missions and adapt to changing situations.

Additionally, the MOLLE system is widely used by tactical equipment manufacturers because of its popularity with military and law enforcement professionals, who require durable and adaptable gear in high-stress situations.