Ratings and Reviews
First, this is a well-made pouch that fits VERY nicely and securely on the hip-belt MOLLE webbing of my Eberlestock Gunslinger II backpack. I bought this pouch with the intention of using it as a concealment piece for a Glock 26, and the size of the pouch works well for this purpose. The padding in the pouch is completely unobtrusive, and the pouch is only lightly padded (perfect for my intended use).
The "sandstone" color of this pouch is reasonably close to the color of my pack's "military green" scheme, though it isn't a perfect match (I expected this difference given that the pouch and pack are made by different manufacturers). The pack color is a bit darker, while the pouch is a bit lighter. However, the one gripe I have with the color is the fact that the MOLLE webbing used on the pouch is NOT the same color as the pouch itself. The online pictures of the pouch would lead a customer to believe that the pouch/webbing are the same color, but on the actual product this is not the case. To me the pouch itself appears as a light-colored variant of a olive/drab green, which is fairly close to the picture shown by 5.11. However, the webbing is a bit more tan/brown in color, which doesn't exactly match the pouch. This seems to stand out more readily in bright natural light. Further testing in the environment where this pouch will be used will either prove this to be harmful or beneficial, but it is worth noting that the webbing and pouch colors are slightly different on the product that I received.
Nevertheless, the pouch otherwise appears that it will perfectly suit my needs.
It is attached to my EDC/Bugout, RUSH 24 Backpack. The pouch is excellent as are the H2O carriers. Love em. Seriously... BUT... The Slick Stick straps that come with them give you a FALSE sense of security... They are forever unsnapping. Been battling with securing the 6.6 pouch using the Slick Sticks, till finally, it fell off, along with top dollar Leatherman Surge, Knife sharpener, keys & few other miscellaneous items it contained. $200.00 loss. Very disappointed to say the least. The Slick Sticks for the H2O carriers also unsnap, but since they are longer, they hang on better. But running down an alley or woods & they could be lost also. My suggestion: Throw these straps in the trash & purchase something secure for the molle webbing.
These extensions DO fit on the side of a Rush 72 pack with room for more (It does require 4 webs to use the Slickstrips).
It will not fit on the side of of my MOAB 10, but there is area to turn the back of the pack into a 14 liter pack with the addition of 2 of these pouches. That expansion space is a big difference maker for long day trips where I don't want to pack my Rush 72 along with all my gear I won't be using. Plus I can throw my packable rain gear into this pouch and move it from my Rush 72 to my MOAB 10 with ease, making essential gear capable of shifting between either pack effortlessly without space consideration.
But the biggest reason I purchased these pouches is for creating internal compartments which can then be moved to the outside of the pack when the interior requires overflow space. I am travelling to Japan in a few months and I intend to bring back a lot of souvenirs. The 6.10 bags fit perfectly in the main pack compartment of my Rush 72 lengthwise.
My only gripe is that there is no internal organization pockets for these pouches which is what 5.11 is exceptionally good at doing. Even though I am glad there is no compartments because it allows for an oversized item like a liter of water to fit in the 6.10 pouch, they could have put a zippable or Velcro pocket on either side to store thin/small items. However it is not a big issue since you have a ridiculous amount of organization pockets on the 5.11 main pack, but for people attaching to a non-5.11 pack it would be useful.
When you compare this to alternatives, there is a good case to be made for and against the purchase of this pack. This pouch competes well against other internal/external organization systems. I purchased some cheap stuff sacks to throw into my pack to make it easy to stow and pull out gear, but any sack that was large enough to be useful was within spitting distance of the 5.11 pouches' price. With the pouches' added ability to attach to the outside of the pack to create more space when needed, these packs are a hands down winner.
However, when you consider that 4 of these pouches are the same price as a MOAB 10, they do not stack up. The MOAB 10 is a much better value. It brings to the table all the benefits of the larger packs (administrative pockets, tons of organization pockets, MOLLE webbing, hydration compartment, concealed carry pocket, comms pocket, morale patches, a modular attachment ability to almost any MOLLE pack, and a really cool sling style carry system which makes it autonomous from the main pack) with approximately the same storage space as 5 of these pouches. If you are considering 2 of these, you should probably buy the MOAB 10 first. These pouches can be used for internal pack organization and the MOAB 10 can't, but all the other features blow it out of the water. I couldn't resist the special discounts and I bought everything haha.
The Slickstick attachment straps work fantastically. They weave up and down through the webbing and have a retention strap at the top which means it won't fall to the ground when you are trying to attach or detach the bags. The only reason you might want to use a different attachment is to make it extra secure with a heavy load in it which is capable of being attached by the the 2 (of 4) inner-webbings not being used by the Slickstick. I can attach a pack in as little as 20 seconds.
I am tempted to rate this a 4 star because I think the retail price is a little high for the value you get from it, but I didn't purchase anything at retail. Tbh, I think there is more utility from other the other formats, but if you want to go all out, I can recommend these pouches without reservation. They are built well and function great.
My mom bought this for me for my birthday to add to my 511 backpack. I will keep emergency medical supplies in it for personal and volunteer first responder/firefighter use.
Great pouch for optics storage and for my meter. Everything stays in place. I use this pouch inside my Rush 72 bag when air traveling.
I use this bag mounted on my 36" AR/M4 5.11 Gun Case using Molle ... I use it to store my backup holsters and other supplies, but it would make an excellent Emergency Medical Kit. Perfect size, quality construction, outstanding product.
I was constantly trying to find a place to keep my night vision when I was on patrol. I bought this pouch during my last work up in 2009 and is just now starting to show signs of wear. It's the perfect size for PVS 14's and it's accessories.
I highly recommend this pouch for those who need a medium sized utility pouch. Definitely worth the money.
this is a great size perfect for a pair of nikon binoculars or a nice nikon digital camera.
Now I can have my Nikon Binockulars (or how ever it is spelled) protected and on my person, with easy access. And my Nikon's will be protected.
This pouch is a great addition to my RUSH 24 Backpack. It gives me a readily accessible place to store sensitive electronic gear ~ Cameras, Cell Phones, Misc., etc.
The "Slick Stick" system allows for easy placement or removal on all MOLLE compatible gear. Unlike some of the other attachment systems that I have waged war with and injured my fingers trying to utilize, the "Slick Stick" makes mounting accessories seem like a walk in the park. It really works!
I really like this pouch and would recommend it to anyone who needs a little extra storage space on their pack, bag, or belt.