Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Maxpedition TacTiles

Maxpedition TacTiles are low-profile pouches with PALS webbing sewn all the way around. The idea is to offer additional storage options without losing any attachment points. TacTiles do this well.

They come in three different sizes  (small medium and large) and each size is offered in five colorways - Black, Khaki, OD Green, Foliage Green and ACU. Shown above are a large in OD, medium in Khaki and a small in Foliage. Let's look at each one...

Here we have a Small TacTile in Foliage Green (shown here with a Grimloc Carabiner; sold seperately). It measures approximately 4 inches high by 6 inches wide by 1.5 inches thick. When full, it's actually closer to two inches thick. It will hold an iPhone/iPod, Power Bars, small flashlight, batteries, multitool, etc. All three sizes have a have a zipered opening on top with two pulls made of 550 cord. Inside the main compartment there is a mesh slip pocket and a small loop of 550 for dummy cording (see photo of the large pouch below). It is also equipped with two D-rings for the attachment of a strap, if desired. The 1x5 inch piece of loop-side velcro is big enough for a nametape.

On the back are three rows of PALS webbing with the columns sewn wide to make centering the pouch easier. It is intended to be attached to the mating platform using TacTies, Malice Clips, etc. It can also be worn on a belt using ALICE clips; as shown above. It's not a very snug attachment, but it will work in a pinch. (I once read somewhere about how an ALICE clip can be disassembled and sharpened for use as a makeshift weapon - something to consider...). The pouch is also unobtrusive enough to just be carried by itself or clipped to a belt loop using a Tac Link carabiner. This is a great little pouch. I've used it attached to a MOLLE Vehicle Panel as a small "dump" pouch for my wallet, change and so on.

Next is a Medium TacTile in Khaki. It is Shown here with a Tac Link and a Mil-Spec Monkey Small Patch Panel (attached to the back). This one is my favorite of the three sizes. It measures 7 inches high by 6 inches wide by 1.5 inches thick. It's esentially the same as the small version, but three inches taller. This is a really useful size. As you can see, the MSM Patch panel fits perfectly. In the photo below, I have added a Maxpedition M-2 Waistpack and a strap, so it can be used as a stand-alone bag.

The TacTile is also very close in size to the Fatty Pocket Organizer, allowing them to be joined together to increase the Fatty's capacity -

This pouch also fits perfectly on the lower front pocket of the Falcon II Backpack or on the webbing side of the Baron Duffel Bag. Overall, another great pouch. Let's move on...

Shown here is the inside of the Large TacTile. All three sizes are the same on the inside. This one measures 8.5 inches wide by 6.5 inches high by 1.5 inches thick and is a perfect size for use as a stand-alone bag. Here it is with a strap and a Maxpedition Monkey Combat Admin Pouch attached to the front.

I really like the Monkey Combat Admin Pouch. We will take a closer look at it in a future post. If you don't mind a little extra bulk, this TacTile will fit on the bib portion of a chest rig/plate carrier, increasing your storage capacity without losing any MOLLE "real estate". And as we all know, PALS webbing is a good place to hook, clip, tie or hang just about anything.

As with all Maxpedition products, all three TacTiles are thoughtfully designed and built to last. The materials and construction are top-notch and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. You can't go wrong.

Semper Paratus.