MOLLE, WHAT IS IT?

So, you have heard about MOLLE, but you’re not exactly sure what it is? You know it’s on most tactical gear & clothing, and that’s about it. MOLLE makes even the plainest backpack or bag more functional and helps you easily access the gear you need quickly.  



Here’s everything you need to know about MOLLE accessories and components and how they enhance the functionality of vests and bags.

WHAT IS MOLLE?
The term MOLLE is technically only used to describe the specific system manufactured by Specialty Defence Systems, but is also casually used interchangeably to describe generically all load bearing systems and subsystems that utilize the woven PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) webbing for modular pouch attachment (though PALS is proprietary to Natick Labs, most use MOLLE and PALS interchangeably). Derivatives based on the MOLLE attachment method (such as the Tactical Tailor MALICE clip system) have also been developed. Any system that utilizes modular attachment methods and is usable with U.S. general issue MOLLE components is often considered "MOLLE-compatible" or is called a "MOLLE" system. Increasingly, non-military manufacturers are incorporating PALS onto outdoor equipment.



There are three general modes of attachment in the MOLLE arena; the "Natick Snap", which uses a polyethylene reinforced webbing strap with the 'push the dot' snap fastener for security; the polymer "Malice" clip, developed by Tactical Tailor as an alternative to the Natick Snap concept, which interweaves like the Natick Snap but terminates in a semi-permanent closure that requires a screwdriver or other flat-tipped object to disengage; and a variety of attachments that fall into the "Weave & Tuck" category, in which the end of an interwoven strap is tucked into an item's backing after attachment to a vest or pack (Paraclete's SofStrap and Spec Ops Brand's hybrid attachment).

The PALS grid consists of horizontal rows of 25 mm (1 in) webbing, spaced 25 mm apart, and attached to the backing at 40 mm (1.5 in) intervals.[5] Although the specification is for the stitching's to be spaced 38 mm (1.5 in) apart, stitching in the range 35–40 mm (1.4–1.6 in) is considered acceptable in practice
The term MOLLE is technically only used to describe the specific system manufactured by Specialty Defence Systems, but is also casually used interchangeably to describe generically all load bearing systems and subsystems that utilize the woven PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) webbing for modular pouch attachment (though PALS is proprietary to Natick Labs, most use MOLLE and PALS interchangeably). Derivatives based on the MOLLE attachment method (such as the Tactical Tailor MALICE clip system) have also been developed.

Any system that utilises modular attachment methods and is usable with U.S. general issue MOLLE components is often considered "MOLLE-compatible" or is called a "MOLLE" system. Increasingly, non-military manufacturers are incorporating PALS onto outdoor equipment.

There are three general modes of attachment in the MOLLE arena; the "Natick Snap", which uses a polyethylene reinforced webbing strap with the 'pushthedot' snap fastener for security; the polymer "Malice" clip, developed by Tactical Tailor as an alternative to the Natick Snap concept, which interweaves like the Natick Snap but terminates in a semi-permanent closure that requires a screwdriver or other flat-tipped object to disengage; and a variety of attachments that fall into the "Weave & Tuck" category, in which the end of an interwoven strap is tucked into an item's backing after attachment to a vest or pack (Paraclete's SofStrap and Spec Ops Brand's hybrid attachment).


The PALS grid consists of horizontal rows of 25 mm (1 in) webbing, spaced 25 mm apart, and attached to the backing at 40 mm (1.5 in) intervals.[5] Although the specification is for the stitching to be spaced 38 mm (1.5 in) apart, stitching in the range 35–40 mm (1.4–1.6 in) is considered acceptable in practice


OTHER USES FOR MOLLE
MOLLE also has many uses outside of tactical military or law enforcement operations. It’s very beneficial for your everyday carry bag. Using MOLLE essentially increases the internal capacity of your bag or pack and allows you to customize your setup for more convenience.


It’s also appropriate for hunters. You can carry additional ammo in MOLLE pouches as well as the tools you need to field dress animals, like a knife.
MOLLE is also great for outdoor lovers. Hikers can set up storage systems in their backpacks. There are no limits on how you use this gear if you’re creative. Also, there are MOLLE pouches created just for carrying your water bottle, allowing you to put it on the outside of your bag. These pouches free up valuable storage space for other necessary gear and supplies.


TIPS FOR USING MOLLE GEAR
MOLLE attachment systems are typically comprised of MOLLE-specific or SlickStick straps that you weave between the equipment or bag that you’re adding to and the attachment. These sticks snap shut to hold the things you attach in place. It takes time to create the system because it’s attached to your bag or vest securely. Here are some tips to help you be as efficient as possible:
For MOLLE attachments that have multiple straps or sticks, it’s easier if you weave both of them through the webbing at the same time. These straps and sticks are rigid, so weaving is easier if you alternate between the straps and sticks.

It’s even possible to use ALICE clips with your MOLLE gear, though they aren’t as durable or versatile as the more advanced MOLLE equipment. It’s better to use the MOLLE if you have a choice.

Make sure you don’t skip over any nylon webbing as you weave your straps and sticks through it. If you miss some webbing, it can weaken the system. Careful weaving ensures your gear is stable and secure.

MOLLE is easy once you understand how it works. Configuring it does take some time, but it gets easier the more familiar you get with it. Here’s a great video on how to use MOLLE.

Now that you know what MOLLE is and how it increases the functionality of bags, packs and vests, go out and get your MOLLE-ready backpack today.

You’ll love the convenience of these modular systems and won’t ever go back to standard packing.