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I just got a molle vest from condor, and am looking for pouches that will be useful for camping and backpacking. I'm not using it for mags so don't say extra mags. Can mag pouches be used for other things? I'm probably going to put the medkit/emt pouch on my drop leg, but am open to suggestions.
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G'day Aeam,

I use a molle vest for short trips, and have it set up with the following;

Front - 2 x Minimi 200rd pouches - great for socks, food, first aid etc - plenty of room.
- on those pouches are 4 x ar mag pouches, the perfect size for 3 small tins of beans, some vac packed fruit,nuts and sweets, ammo if I'm hunting, general stuff that you want to be able to grab without taking off the vest.

Above that on the front left is a torch and compass, on the right a leatherman and Gerber lmf.

On the back I carry 2 x 2 litre sadf canteens and a 3 litre bladder in a molle pouch. On the left side of the bladder pouch are 2 3x30rd ar pouches with a small lantern in one and hootchie in the other, and on the right is a custom pouch for my Katadyn pocket water filter.

If I'm planning on staying out for a night or 3 I've made a sack that contains my bivvy and sleeping bag, and this straps onto my shoulders, hanging mid way down my back. I have to find a better arrangment for that, it moves around a bit and gets annoying.

All in all I'm happy with the vest, when fully laden it's heavy but comfortable, it carries enough to get me out of trouble. I do feel like a bit of a tacti dork when I put in on, but as I'm only wearing it in the bush not out to a restaraunt I can libe with that
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Thanks Ive never thought about storing food in a pouche. A protein bar would do perfectly. Ive got a gadget pouch for my phone and wallet. My web belt for the vest has two pistol mags which i use for my pocket knife ( something from crkt about 50$) and a cheap 9 lumen flashlight. If I put the emt pouch on my vest what else could I put on the drop leg?
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If I put the emt pouch on my vest what else could I put on the drop leg?
Whatever fits

Honestly I don't like the drop legs, I find that they chaffe, but if you like it, perhaps you could put some water in there, keeping the weight down low?
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There a lots of utility pouches: http://www.optactical.com/gepuutpo.html

and I'm partial to TAG: http://www.tacticalassaultgearstore....lepouches.aspx

and HSGI: http://www.hsgi.us/index.php

along with MaxPedition: http://www.maxpedition.com/


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How about a site that shows molle set ups?
http://www.armyproperty.com/Resource...E-Overview.htm

There are some threads below to check out.

Once a guy asked on here what people put in a alice m16 pouch, people made fun and brow beat him.
But some actually said they used it for certain items other than three mags.
A pouch is a pouch, whatever fits works.
I use anything on my lbe: Brit plce, m56, m67 and m1910.
The molle canteen/utility and saw 100/200 pouches should work for just about any gear/food/water use.
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Ok I like the idea of putting water on the drop leg. That should be easy to access on the go. Or I might go for a dump pouch. As for the setups on the link posted by bltjr1951 i'm probably going to find all the stuff ill be carrying and then get pouches that are the right size. Thanks for the layouts though they helped me compound my different thoughts.
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One thing about using some ammo pouches for other things. They have dividers in them that prevent putting much of anything in that isn't a magazine. Not all are like that (the better ones are), so unless you cut them out, thereby reducing the performance of the pouch for its intended purpose, they won't work for other things.

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I'm buying my pouches in person from a surplus store so I can assess that kind of thing before I buy.
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One thing about using some ammo pouches for other things. They have dividers in them that prevent putting much of anything in that isn't a magazine.
I've got 4 or 5 different types of ALICE M16 pouches. Two of them have dividers/flaps inside them, others are open pouches. I didn't cut or mod pouches due to collection value.

East German pouches have dividers that can be cut and folded to make room for larger items.
I like the old USGI jungle 1st aid kit with all its dividers to hold items.
http://olive-drab.com/od_medical_kit...fak_jungle.php

I still can't get used to the molle canteen pouch, it's nice as a utility pouch.
But I don't like it as a open canteen carrier, I'd rather use a LC2 alice cover.
Guess I'm just used to old school snaps, can reach around, unsnap, get canteen, drink, put canteen back and snap close. Even using left hand.
With molle I'm having trouble pinching buckle open, making sure Y strap fits over canteen and putting buckle together with one hand. Need practice big time.
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Ok I like the idea of putting water on the drop leg. That should be easy to access on the go. As for the setups on the link posted by bltjr1951
Do you really want that much weight on your thigh and sloshing around when running?
As for the setup site, it was mainly to show sizes of pouches on vest.
Plus showed the exact name of pouch, so you can ask for certain pouch.
Some folk think molle buttpack is same as alice buttpack, they're not.
Even alice buttpacks have changed through the years.
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yeah Im thinking about getting a dump bag pouch. Where would I put the water then? In my pack probably.
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Check out vestbuilder.com. It has a bunch of vests and pouches and lets you pick pouches and place them on the vest.
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yeah Im thinking about getting a dump bag pouch. Where would I put the water then? In my pack probably.
If your worried about the water sloshing, get a bladder and a pouch like this Platatac hydration pouch
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I've seen a grenade pouch used for small binoculars, a 40mm round pouch used for a AAA flashlight (bottom of the pouch needs to be sewn shut) and canteen pouches as empty mag collection pouch.
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You can put whatever fits in a mag pouch. Radio, canteen, or dump pouches are good utility pouches.

I personally would not put the first aid pouch on my drop leg. Too much exposure there.
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The 6X (30 round magazine) molle pouches like from SPEC OPS Brand nicely hold either the French or Brit mess kits-basically aluminum or steel open boxes that nest. The mess kits are neat for forage type cooking as well as for just boiling water. They also provide some decent protection for some items-for example, a small glass Tobasco bottle. Wrapped with a paper towel and in a mess kit, to damage that Tobasco bottle you probably would have to do some major damage to your gear!
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