By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
July 7, 2017
It’s not every day you see a new potential combat/tactical gear load-bearing attachment system replacement for ALICE and PALS/MOLLE (Pouch Attachment Ladder System/Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) webbing come along, particularly one that’s perhaps got an honest shot at it. That’s why DefenseReview (DR) found the new 5.11 Tactical HEXGRID Plate Carrier and the HEXGRID load-bearing attachment system itself so intriguing when we came across it at NDIA SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) 2017.
HEXGRID is comprised of relatively large laser-cut hexagonal holes/attachment points arranged, in, well, a continuous grid pattern, or matrix, if you will. Think tactical honeycomb webbing. “Our longterm goal is that it becomes the go-to for every attachment system on every product that’s out there. So, the great thing about HEXGRID is that you can configure this in six (6) different configurations. Where your typical MOLLE system will only allow you to do vertical, this can configure in six different ways. Even if you went upside down, you could actually get twelve (12) different configurations. So, muscle memory gives you the ability to configure your pouches, your bags, your plate carriers in a lot of different ways that you normally haven’t been able to do that in the past,” says 5.11’s David Hein.
The 5.11 Tactical HEXGRID Plate Carrier is a “US-made, Berry-compliant plate carrier [tactical armor plate carrier] that we [5.11 Tactical Series] specifically did for the U.S. And, again, it takes our HEXGRID system. Real simple configuration. On the back you see the attachment system. So, you can actually take the HEXGRID panels off, configure them, re-attach them to your hard plates, and then drop it over your shoulders, and you’ve got a cinch-waist system as well,” Hein told DR.
Defense Review plans to keep a close eye on the HEXGRID system’s penetration into the US military, US law enforcment community, and the US civilian tactical shooting world. It’s very interesting, and may just end up replacing MOLLE/PALS webbing. We’ll see.
In the meantime, enjoy DR’s video below.
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5.11 Tactical Wyldcat (pronounced ‘Wildcat’) Pant: Super-Comfy, Lightweight, Stretchy and Fashionable Combat/Tactical Shooting Range Pants with Rifle Mag (Magazine) Pockets and Side-Leg Zipper Gussets! (Video!)
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Crye Precision AirLite EK02/EK04 (and EK01/EK03) Ultra-Minimalist Cutaway MOLLE Plate Carrier/Tactical Vest (Body Armor) and Chest Rig for Direct Action and other Short-Duration Military Special Operations Forces (SOF) Missions
Rogue Gunfighter RG MOAB Complete Lo-Pro/Lo-Vis Modular Tactical Armor Plate Carrier System/Tactical Vest (Body Armor) for MIL/LE Special Operations Forces (SOF) and Civilian Tactical Shooters (Video!)
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SOD Gear/SOD USA Stealth ADP Battle Jacket and Pants Made with Schoeller Performance Fabric: High-Tech Combat Clothing for Military Special Operations Forces (SOF) and Civilian Tactical Shooters
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