Here is the 75% solution on my Lightweight Multi-cam Kit. This kit is designed to be lightweight, slim, and fast, also I finally jumped on the multi-cam bandwagon and needed to accessorize. I haven’t run it through 5011 training scenarios/classes yet, and I haven't had gorillas try to rip it apart, but everything is from reputable companies (so I don't foresee any equipment failures). Also, I don't use training missions to tell me about gear quality. Training evolutions generally tell me two things about gear: Does the design fit my missions/methods? Do I like it in a particular location? There is a lot of excellent gear out there that I want to love, but just doesn't fit my needs. So, if I don't seem happy with something here, it doesn't mean it's junk.
Also to answer a previous question about why this is in 2nd line, I'm just going with the forum subtitles (1st Line -What you carry on your person dependant on the situation. 2nd Line - Your primary weapon and the load that supports it.)
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- First Spear Mini Admin Pouch – Maybe a little too small, but it’s light and will hold a notebook, pen, mini-chem lights.
- SKD STT Plate Carrier w/ PIG shoulder pads– Super lightweight, very clean.
- Blue Force Gear SR25 Ten-Speed Pouch – great lightweight pouches, but Tacos are better suited to my needs. If you want these, they will end up in the Trade room soon.
- HSGI Sure Grip Belt – Not really lightweight, but it’s a great belt. If I switch to something lighter I’ll give it to my wife.
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- BFG SR25 Ten-Speed Pouch – see above
- HSGI Tacos on Raven Concealment Moduloader – Fantastic combo for running on a belt.
- Garmin Tactix – Okay, not really part of the kit, but it’s an amazing piece of gear. Unfortunately mine has a weird glitch, in the Hunt and Fish mode, it occasionally says it’s a “poor” day for hunting and fishing… this must be an error, as it is always an excellent day for those activities.
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- ATS Litelock Antidote hydration carrier – Very light, plenty sturdy, but with the STT plate carrier it mounts a little lower than I would like. Also I has no upper molle attachment, so the top can sag and flop around when you’re low on water. That being said it is compatible with the Source 3L WLPS. Out of the box I was kind of disappointed with this pouch, but it has grown on me.
- BFG Helium Whisper Dump Pouch – Very light, very compact, great choice if you’re limited on real estate. This probably won’t live here forever, but I’m moving soon and attaching it to my kit is the best way to not lose it.
- BFG Helium Whisper Medium Horizontal Utility Pouch – Great utility pouch, not great as an IFAK, I’ll probably replace it with a either an ITS med pouch or something like it.
- Tactical Tailor Fight Light Dump Pouch – bigger and heavier than the BFG pouch, but I think I like it more because the fabric is stiffer and holds its shape better when open.
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- TT Fight Light Multi-Purpose Pouch – Pretty good pouch, quiet access, not horribly bulky, not sure if it will meet my needs, but it should do the trick for a while.
- Gear Retractor – some no name brand, pretty stout spring, but it does the job.
- G-Code XST holster w/ RTI Duty Mount – I really like these holsters, they have the ruggedness and reliability of Safariland without the unnatural thumb movements to work the bale. Also the Duty Mount is great because it drops the pistol a few inches (getting it out of your armpit), and doesn’t require any leg straps.
One thing I would like to take the time to comment on is the use of new light weight fabrics (notably in the Hydration carrier and BFG dump pouch). On the one hand I want to hate them, they feel flimsy and weak. On the other, they are very light. I don’t think they will replace 1000D nylon any time soon in any branch of the military, but they may do the job for the typical user. Military issued gear is reissued over and over and has to survive the abuse of 10+ dudes over the course of 10+ years who don’t necessarily take care of their gear. However, if you’re buying your own gear you’re going to take care of it better. The two concerns of mine are going to be UV resistance and fire/heat resistance. Very thin nylon does not do well around heat sources, and can deteriorate quickly with prolonged sun exposure. Time will tell, and when it does I’ll write about it.