How to Use MOLLE Straps

How to Use MOLLE Straps
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Few people understand how to properly use MOLLE straps. They look simple enough and yet sometimes no matter how hard you pull on those straps, the attachment still swings or hangs too loosely if it’s heavy. 

This can be unfortunate for various reasons, and perhaps none more pressing than the possibility of losing an essential or expensive piece of gear.

MOLLE attachments and MOLLE webbings are designed to offer a very secure fit. But, you need to form a particular pattern with the straps in order to ensure that.

The good news is that you won’t have to learn anything fancy, just remember how to maximize the length of the straps.

Of course, learning where to place your MOLLE pouches is also important. You’ll soon learn that you can’t just put things anywhere and hope for the best.

Here are the necessary steps that you should take to always have an optimum pouch setup that keeps your essentials in arm’s reach and ensures nothing gets loose and lost on the road.

Attachment Points

You shouldn’t put your attachments randomly on your tactical backpack. Although the MOLLE webbing was designed to provide additional storage options, it was also designed to allow easy access to essential survival items in combat situations.

Extra ammunition, GPS device, flashlight, and even paracord are items that often go on the front of the strap. Or at the very least on the sides of the backpack.

Of course, depending on the size of the backpack and the attachments, and the number of rows of webbing, you may or may not be able to have optimal configurations. For example, you may not want to place attachments that are too large on the front of the strap if they’re only designed for one item.

The reason why pouch placement and MOLLE webbing design are both important is security. If your attachment needs three rows of webbing and you can only have two, it won’t be as secure as it should. Though the chances of it falling off are minimal, the extra sway may make it more difficult to move freely.

Using Straps

Now that you know how to look at your attachments, here’s how the straps work. You start by putting each attachment strap through the superior row of webbing. Pull on the straps until they’ve gone all the way through to secure a tight fit.

The next step is something that most people don’t know or care to use. Military personnel or those with a background in law enforcement should know this.

You have to weave the straps back into the webbing in order to ensure maximum security for the pouch.

Each strap should be interlocked through the webbing on the MOLLE attachment too if you want a tight fit and very little sway. You’ll notice that most attachments come with straps long enough for you to do this, which is why if in the past you had trouble with the additional pouches it was probably due to not using the entire length of the straps.

Final Touches

Secure the snap closures on the straps and check the tightness. Shake the accessory or even try on the backpack and see how it feels.

Perhaps the best way to notice if you’ve done it right is by looking at the tactical backpack as a whole. If a MOLLE pouch is attached properly, it should look as if it were built-in and part of the design.

Of course, this is a lot easier to do when the pouch shares the color of the backpack’s fabric. You may also check from the sides to see if you have an interlocking pattern of straps.

This procedure may take some extra time, but you only have to do it once as you won’t need to remove the pouches to clean the backpack.

You may also want to test the tightness by putting something in the pouch that’s a lot heavier than it’s designed for just to test the limits or to simulate stress conditions.

​Final Word

Even though you may not be using your tactical backpack in combat situations, it’s important that you know how to set up a MOLLE attachment properly. It is a very valuable skill, especially when dealing with sling backpacks.

Because of the diagonal positioning of the webbing on these backpacks, having an extra-tight fit is very important. Not only does it ensure that the attachments don’t come loose, you also get very little sway when running or when simply trying to maintain some balance on tricky trails.

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