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MOLLE and You

You've definitely seen it around. You know people who've used it, and that they keep going back because it gives them something nothing else does.

I am, of course, talking about the Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment, or MOLLE, system. Most prominent on tactically flavored gear, it is composed of rows of 1" wide webbing set 1" apart, with seams stitched at 1.5" intervals across each row. Using more 1" webbing straps oriented vertically, MOLLE accessories can strap easily and securely through the 1.5" loops. It's easy to use, inexpensive to make, and provides a stunning amount of customization, which is why I've decided to use it across many, if not all, of my designs. Not only this, but it also promotes multi-functionality, encourages consumers to think about how they actually like to carry, and allows us to get creative and explore from there.

But how do you actually use it? I'll do my best to explain here using photos of my products, but know that there are plenty of YouTube videos featuring guys in camo and trucker hats that can give a more in-depth explanation of how you use MOLLE to attach accessories to your bags. Please also note that the following instructions have been tailored to be specific to Unmarked Gear's products and accessories. These instructions do not apply to accessories being mounted on bikes.

STEP 1: Make sure the straps at the back of the ACCESSORY are detached from any loops so that they are hanging freely.

STEP 2: Determine how high up and how far over you want your ACCESSORY to be by choosing a horizontal row of webbing on the BAG and two adjacent loops on that same row.

STEP 3: Take the plastic hardware at the bottom of the straps, and feed them through those adjacent loops on the BAG.

STEP 4: Take the plastic hardware on the straps and feed them through adjacent loops on the same strip of webbing on the ACCESSORY.

STEP 5: Continuing to use the plastic hardware, keep guiding the straps through adjacent loops on rows of webbing alternating between the BAG and the ACCESSORY until you reach the last row available on the back panel of the ACCESSORY.

STEP 6: Adjust the hardware and straps to ensure sufficient tension and test security. This is usually achieved by wiggling them both in all directions so that they "settle in."

And voila! Your final configuration should look something like this. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out. Or, you know, those trucker hat guys I mentioned earlier are probably chomping at the bit to explain it to you their way.

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