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The Equipped Reviews Our Penlights

Article Originally Published on TheEquipped.com See original article here.

INTRODUCTION

If you've seen some of my early reviews, you'll know I am a fan of the bag designs First Tactical is coming up with. When I saw they had pouches to match, I thought I'd give them a shot. They also have some very affordable flashlights; so much so they are hard to pass over.  The Tactix 3x6 Utility Pouch, Tactix Eyewear Pouch and Small Penlight will be discussed more thoroughly below. 

TACTIX SERIES 3X6 UTILITY POUCH

MANUFACTURES SPECIFICATIONS

3” L x 6” H x 3” D / 7.6cm H x 15.2cm x 7.6cm D

Capacity 54 cubic inches / 0.9 liters

Weight 0.2 lbs. / 0.9 kg

500D texturized nylon

DESCRIPTION

At first glance, this pouch looks like many other general purpose MOLLE pouches on the market. A closer inspection though reveals that this pouch is packed with features! 

The front of the pouch has a nice PVC First Tactical Logo and a small loop field for your patches or perhaps an ID label. 

The rear of the pouch is covered in a laser cut PALS field with permanently attached webbing legs for lacing into whatever MOLLE/PALS platform you like. This system uses Duraflex Hooks for to secure the legs. Also, you can just make out that the bottom has a grommeted drain hole in the center. 

I have turned the pouch inside out so you can see where First Tactical differentiates itself from the crowd. They have included a padded liner with the pouch that is secured with Velcro. The liner is reversible, one side being OD green and the other a hi-viz yellow. There is also a small mesh pocket on the interior rear of the pouch and a loop for tether attachment. 

DESIGN COMMENTARY

Pros

  • Padded liner is a great feature for sensitive items like a camera. 
  • Hi-viz option for the liner is very helpful for finding items.
  • Small mesh pouch is useful for things like SD cards.
  • Construction is solid and components used are quality.
  • Integrated PALS attachment works well and is easy to use.
  • Value of the item is high as the regular price is just $20 USD. 

Cons

  • I honestly cannot find a fault on this one!

CONCLUSIONS 

The pouch is great. If the size suits you, you will not regret purchasing it. If the size does not suit you, they have other options too!  

TACTIX SERIES EYEWEAR POUCH

MANUFACTURES SPECIFICATIONS

3” L x 7” H x 2.25” D / 7.6cm L x 17.8cm H x 5.7cm D

Approx. Capacity 47 cubic inches / 0.8 liters

Weight 0.3 lbs / 0.13 kg

500D texturized nylon

DESCRIPTION

Like the 3x6 Utility Pouch, the Eyewear Pouch includes a First Tactical Logo and loop field on the face. 

The rear of the pouch sports the same attachment system as the 3x6 Utility Pouch

First Tactical thoughtfully added a lens cloth to the Eyewear Pouch. It is attached to the pouch via a small tether and can be detached or stowed internally. 

I have turned the pouch top inside out to allow you to see the internal features. In addition to the tethered lens cloth, the pouch features a semi-rigid insert to protect your glasses. As with the 3x6 Utility Pouch, the insert is removable. There is no mesh pocket in the rear of this one. 

DESIGN COMMENTARY 

Pros

  • Glasses are well protected in the semi-rigid insert.
  • The included and attached lens cloth is a great addition.  
  • Construction is solid and components used are quality.
  • Integrated PALS attachment works well and is easy to use.
  • Value of the item is high as the regular price is just $20 USD.

Cons

  • The dimensions between the insert and the pouch are tight. The zipper drags across it and does not run smoothly. This is particularly an issue at the corners. The pouch should have been slightly increased in size to better accommodate the insert. 
  • The pouch does not open as widely as might be required to insert some glasses smoothly. Most should be OK though. 

CONCLUSIONS 

The little pouch should provide a safe and cozy place for your eyewear. Unfortunately, access to the pouch is hindered by the tight dimensions and narrow opening issue. 

SMALL PENLIGHT

MANUFACTURES SPECIFICATIONS

Includes battery (1) AAA

Lumen High 55

Run Time High (h) 2.5

Aerospace grade anodized aluminum

Length: 3.6in / 91mm

Body diameter: 0.75in / 19mm

Bezel diameter: 0.75in / 19mm

Product weight: 1.5oz / 43g

Product weight w/ batteries: 1.9oz / 54g

DESCRIPTION

First Tactical's Small Penlight is a single AAA flashlight. It has a momentary on/off tailcap switch, a single output mode and a reversible pocket clip. The body is aluminum and is textured heavily. 

DESIGN COMMENTARY

Pros

  • This is a solid little unit. It is overbuilt and armored quite heavily.
  • The reversible pocket clip is deep enough to accommodate a hat bill or pocket nicely.
  • The tail cap switch allows for momentary on/off and has a very reassuring click to it. 
  • Operation is simple and foolproof. 

Cons

  • The single output level is a bit restrictive. 
  • The light is rather bulky for a single cell AAA torch. 

CONCLUSIONS 

The Small Penlight is a decent little light. If you need a sturdy light without a lot of features, this might suit your needs well!

Carry on all and may God bless you! 

- AT 

For more information on these items, please visit the First Tactical website.

Disclaimer: Some of these items were provided in exchange for my unbiased review. 

 

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