How to Use Molle Webbing: What Is the Secret?

How to Use Molle Webbing: What Is the Secret?
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Do you want to know how to use molle webbing? The sad part about molle webbing is that it is almost always not properly utilized. Lots of people tend to attach it the wrong way, thus rendering it useless.

If you are planning on using molle webbing but have no idea how it is done, then you better stick around. Here, we are more than happy to guide you through the entire process of using it. Firstly, though, you must first understand what it is exactly.

What Is a Molle System?

Molle is actually an acronym for Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment. From the word itself, one can easily say that it is made to hold things. It refers to the webbing that is attached to every side of a piece of equipment.

The stitching of the webbing is usually reinforced and are made in a lot of intervals. This assures the strength and the holding capacity of a molle system. More than that, the webbing also has sections that can be less than three inches in width so that you can use a military T-ring to attach it anywhere properly.

Not only that, but it features a modular shape too. This is because this type of shape is best to be attached to other equipment. As for the color, it usually has the same color as the other gears where you are going to attach it.

Who Utilizes This System?

A molle system is a bunch of modular compartments that can be attached to a military bag. This can usually be found on vests, bags, and belts. People who have had military training know that molle webbing is an essential part of a military backpack.

In fact, the molle system is the standard gear attachment in the United States of America for the military, police, and even firemen. This is because it has proven to be effective to be used on harsh conditions and rough terrain.

What Is the Relationship Between Molle and PALS

Before you can even start attaching anything, you should be familiar with how attachment is even possible in the first place. This possibility is brought about by PALS, which stands for Pouch Attachment Ladder System.

What is PALS? This is another system that will let you attach a molle system to your bags. Definitely, without using PALS, you cannot properly attach a molle system.

Lucky for you, you do not have to fuss so much about PALS. This is because most military backpacks and tactical equipment and gears that are out on the market today usually come with built-in PALS.

But then again, if they do not come with PALS, then you really have to purchase a system. This is because, although, in theory, you can try to attach the molle system without it, it still will not look right. Therefore, you will not be able to use the molle system in the way that it should be used.

What Can You Attach?

Wondering where you can use this system? In all honesty, the possibilities are endless when you properly have a molle webbing or system on your bag. Besides the usual stuff such as food, water packs, toiletries, and the likes, here are some pieces of tactical equipment that you can securely bring:

  • Gear pouches in various sizes that have a general purpose
  • Pouches for sustainment
  • Grenade pouches and magazines
  • First-aid kits (which include military-style individual first-aid kits)
  • D-rings that can be used on slings and other gears
  • Carriers for canteen
  • Gun and knife holsters

How to Use Molle Webbing: The Proper Attachment

Regardless of where you wish to use molle webbing, you can follow the same process of attaching a molle system via webbing on bags, vests, belts, and other gears. It is a rather easy process, and we are confident that you can ace it on your first try.

Let us take a look at the steps below.

  1. Choose where you are going to attach the molle system on your gear. If you are just following an SOP, then you already know where your designated place is. On the other hand, you can experiment on different places. Find out where you are most comfortable in.
  2. Hold the ends of the strap while the snap is still attached. Then, thread the strap through the bottom of the webbing until the molle system attachment is properly aligned. Make sure that the snap is facing upwards.
  3. You can then weave the strap through the first row of webbing. This time, though, do so on the back part of the attachment. Do not forget to tighten the strap as you weave it.
  4. Just continue weaving it through the entire webbing on the equipment until all that remains are the buttons or snaps at the top of the attachment.
  5. If what you are attaching has a lot of straps, do the same process until you are left with none so that your attachment will be secure.
  6. Once everything is weaved, close the snaps or the buttons to secure what you attached.
  7. Jingle it to make sure that it will not fall off.
  8. The end result should look like a default part of the original equipment.

More Tips

  • If you have an attachment that has a lot of straps or sticks, make sure to weave them at the same time. This will ensure tightness and proper placement of the equipment. The risk of tangling is also minimized.
  • Never skip webbing rows. Doing so might make your attachment loosen and will eventually detach from your equipment.
  • You can also use clips if you are not so keen on your weaving skills. However, only use them to reinforce already existing weaving.


So, do you now know how to use molle webbing? Now you know that it is very easy, all you have to keep in mind is to utilize every row, and that is it! The secret is weaving properly and tightly. If you master these steps, then you can rest assured that you properly utilized the molle webbing.

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