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Review: Blue Force Gear Dappers

Sometimes you a need a bag that has the open space to carry larger items and sometimes you need a lot of organization features to carry smaller items. Thankfully, with Blue Force Gear Dappers you don’t have to choose between wide open storage capacity and fine tuned organization. These hook and loop backed pouches can be moved easily to configure your pack exactly the way that you need it for your specific mission.

My typical Dapper layout in a BFG Skye Pack.

Blue Force Gear (BFG) has discontinued their DAP Packs this year in favor of a new direction for the DAP line in 2012. Some of the DAP packs are still available at great prices on the Blue Force Gear Last Call page). They will continue to offer the excellent Dappers that will work in any hoop and loop lined bag which are becoming more common. They have also introduced a couple of inserts that are designed to make Dappers work in just about any bag that you already own. This new approach will only add to the versatility of the Dapper line.

Blue Force Gear graciously provided me with a Wall Street Warrior Kit and Skye Pack (now discontinued) to check out. Since the pack has been discontinued, I’ll focus on several different styles of Dappers individually.

The excellent but now discontinued BFG Skye Pack

Admin Pouch Dapper

The Admin Pouch Dapper is easily my favorite pouch in the line. It has the perfect combination of small organization features and a larger storage area.

The Admin Pouch Dapper has no shortage of organizational features.

The front of the Admin Pouch Dapper has been improved for 2012. The fabric organizer loops have been replaced with the same heavy duty elastic material that is used on the Ten Speed line. The result is an organizer that can stretch to accommodate nearly any pen, flashlight, multitool, or a number of other items. There is also a small flap covered pouch on the front that can hold something as large as an Altoids tin, digital camera, compass.

Behind all of the organization features is a large zippered pouch. This pouch is large enough to hold larger and bulkier items.

The new elastic organizer is very versatile in terms of what will fit.

Mesh Pouch Dapper

The Mesh Pouch Dapper is just what it sounds like. The front of the pouch is made from heavy duty mesh which lets you see the contents. The interior back of the pouch is lined with hook material so you can add other Dappers for internal organization. The top of the pouch has a small webbing loop that makes the Mesh Pouch Dapper a great pull out type pouch that can be separated from your main pack.

The Mesh Pouch Dapper is a large pouch that can hold bulky items.

The interior of the Mesh Pouch Dapper can accept other Dappers.

I like to keep my winter hat and gloves in it since it is large enough to hold bulkier items and the mesh front allows them to dry after spending a day in the snow. If you have a BFG Skye or Overlord pack with the hook and loop lined beavertail, you can mount the Mesh Pouch Dapper to it on the outside of your pack to let wet items dry out through the mesh without getting the contents of your pack wet.

The mesh makes this Dapper great for drying items like winter hats and gloves.

Ten Speed Pistol Dapper

The Ten Speed Pistol Dapper is designed to hold pistol mags and it does that very well. However, like the rest of the Ten Speed line, it makes use of heavy duty elastic which makes it useful for holding a wide variety of items.

This versatile Dapper works for more than just handgun mags. Here it is holding a Multitasker TUBE, a large Sharpie, and 2 chemlights.

I had no problem fitting Glock 17 magazines. I could even fit Glock 21 magazines. The Ten Speed Pistol Dapper is also great for storing pens, markers, chemlights, and tools like the Multitasker TUBE.

The Ten Speed Pistol Dapper is compact enough to fit inside the Mesh Pouch Dapper. This adds some organization to an already useful pouch.

Large Laptop Sleeve Dapper

The Large Laptop Sleeve Dapper is another one of my favorite Dappers because it solves a problem for me. Backpacks that have padded laptop sleeves are great, when you are carrying a laptop. If you aren’t carrying a laptop, all of that padding is taking up useful interior space and adding weight. BFG solves that by making their laptop sleeve removable. You can simply remove it when you don’t need it.

Not carrying a laptop? The Laptop Dapper lets you remove the bulky sleeve when you don't need it.

The Large Laptop sleeve is padded all the way around. It features a large flap that secures the contents of the sleeve. My largest laptop is about 10×15 and it fits easily. The entire front and sides are covered with hook and loop so that you can add more Dappers to the exterior. I have also found that it works as a hydration pouch in a pinch.

Other Considerations

These are well made pouches as I have come to expect from Blue Force Gear. The materials are top notch and the construction is probably heavier duty than is needed for pouches that are designed to be used inside a pack, so they should last quite a long time.

It is becoming more common for packs to have interior hook and loop panels so it won’t be hard to find places that the Dappers will be useful. Makers are recognizing that hook and loop is a fairly light weight and completely customizable way to add organization to the interior of a pack. I have owned packs that have internal MOLLE webbing but that tends to be heavy and for more restrictive as to how you can layout the pouches. I hope that we will continue to see more gear makers adding internal hook and loop so that we can leverage the very complete line of organization tools that the Dappers represent.

This M4 Triple Ten Speed Dapper is being used on the front of a BCS Low Profile Plate Carrier.

Dappers aren’t just for inside a bag. I use an M4 Triple Ten Speed Dapper on the front of a low profile plate carrier that I helped design with Beez Combat Systems.


I have just scratched the surface of the Dapper line. There isn’t a more versatile or customizable organization system on the market. The Dappers are also easily the most complete line up of hook and loop organizers. With a nice selection of Dappers, you will never again have to choose between having enough space and having enough organization.

You can see the whole line of Dappers on BlueForceGear.com.

Fight and Flight Tactical

I have been following Fight and Flight Tactical for a while. I first came across Dave, owner of Fight and Flight Tactical, when I was looking for some pouches to use on the side of a Kifaru MOLLE Express pack. His Sustainment Pouches were just what I wanted. Now I have the privilege of introducing Fight and Flight Tactical as an advertising partner on JTT.

Sustainment Pouch

Since that initial experience with Dave’s gear, I have had the chance to use several other pieces of gear. Some, like the 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel, I have reviewed on JTT. Other gear, like the Leader’s Arm Board and YUCK, will be reviewed in the near future.

4x4 Hybrid Patch Panel

Leader's Arm Board

Dave makes a wide variety of gear for everyone from military aviators, to K9 handlers, to regular folks like me. Good quality, good service, and a fair price are all things that I have come to expect from Fight and Flight Tactical. So make sure you drop in to FightandFlight.com and welcome Dave to JTT.


UW Gear Bandoleer

UW Gear has a ton of new products coming out so stay tuned for all the details. In this post, we’ll check out the new UW Gear Bandoleer.

Chest rigs are an efficient means of bearing the weight of rifle magazines for extended time periods but they aren’t necessarily best when it comes to reactionary situations since they you likely won’t have time to don the rig. UW Gear designed their bandoleer to fill the role of reactionary support gear. This isn’t a tool that is made to go looking for trouble. This is a tool for when trouble finds you.

The UW Gear Bandoleer allows you to have 3 rifle reloads at your finger tips in the blink of an eye. The user simply throws the shoulder strap over their shoulder and the UW Gear Bandoleer is ready to go. If there is enough time, the user can also secure the waist strap. Even with the waist strap secured, the bandoleer is designed to allow access to items mounted on both sides of your belt. The pouches feature the same excellent flap design as the Minuteman MKII chest rigs.

The combination of easy donning, easy access, and secure retention make this a great compliment to a truck gun. It can also be kept next to your home defense carbine so it is ready for use.

The UW Gear Bandoleer is available for the AK and for the AR. You will also want to check out the UW Gear Facebook page and their forum where you can interact directly with the owners and read more about the philosophy behind their products.

ITS EDC Trauma Kit

Carrying a trauma kit daily is a good idea, especially if you carry a firearm. Most people don’t carry one because they tend to be too bulky but that just isn’t the case with a new kit on the market. If you can carry a wallet, you can carry an EDC Trauma Kit from ITS Tactical.

ITS Tactical designed the EDC Trauma Kit to be extremely compact but still effective for treatment of extremity hemorrhaging. Admittedly, this isn’t a comprehensive kit (see ITS Tactical’s ETA Trauma Kit for a more complete kit) but it is designed for the specific mission of EDC (every day carry) and it contains a handful of proven items to accomplish that mission.

The kit contains QuikClot Combat Gauze LE, a SWAT-T Tourniquet which also serves as a pressure bandage, a pair of OD nitrile gloves, and a nylon pouch. All of the items are vacuum packed to keep them compact and the nylon pouch is provided to protect the packaging from being punctured. QuikClot Combat Gauze is a proven life saver and I have been very impressed with the SWAT-T Tourniquets that I have been testing.

You can find out more information about the EDC Trauma Kit on ITSTactical.com.

Wiha 363 Series Torx Driver Set

I have posted about these before but I have found them so handy, that I think they are worth another mention. The Wiha 363 HM7 set of Torx drivers is one of my favorite tools. They are small enough to toss in your EDC bag (the whole set is about 2″x2.5″) and have the perfect assortment of sizes for most folding knives.

Recently, I had a pocket clip on my EDC knife that was coming loose to the point that I nearly lost one of the screws. I reached into my backpack for my Wiha Torx drivers and fixed the screw in short order.

This set has held up far better than other smaller Torx drivers that I have tried. The finish is still mostly intact and the they have not started to twist or round in the slightest even after quite a bit of use.

I don’t like to carry a ton of stuff that I won’t use. This little set of Wiha Torx drivers is really the only tool that I carry on a daily basis other than a multi-tool. They just continue to impress me with their quality and compact form factor.

Welcome Orion-Concepts

Please welcome Orion-Concepts as Jerking the Trigger’s latest partner. Orion-Concepts is a kydex bender that is making some really unique holsters.

Their MOD-1 holster traces its roots back to the classic leather pancake holster. However, unlike most leather pancake holsters, the MOD-1 can be molded to fit weaponlights and is available with camo hydro dipping. The pancake design is comfortable and allows the handgun to be carried very close to the body while still offering enough of the grip to allow a very fast draw. To further enhance how close the gun is carried, the MOD-1 is designed to be with the belt over the body of the holster.

Check out the Orion-Concepts website and be sure to like them on Facebook to keep up on their special deals. Stay tuned for a review of the MOD-1 holster.

ESEE Candiru

ESEE is showing the new Candiru in their booth at SHOT. This little knife is smaller than their well known Izula. I suppose that Candiru is a perfect name for a small knife since the Candiru is a small fish that is known for lodging itself in their unfortunate victim’s urethra.

The pictures from Katie Becket of ESEE seem to indicate that it is roughly the same thickness as the ESEE3 which would make it somewhere around 1/8″ thick. It is being shown in all the same color combinations as the larger ESEE knives which is different than the Izula which is only has tan canvas micarta scales available.

I will share more details when they become available.

The Candiru is shown here with the Izula (left).



Surefire 2012 New Products

Surefire has big plans for 2012. I have been watching them for a long time and I am not sure that I have ever seen them be this ambitious in terms of the sheer number of new model releases. In addition to the new releases, they are upgrading the emitters in several current models. You can watch the video for more details.

Equinox Monarch Ultralite Travel Bag

Kevin at Advanced Outfitters first told me about these Monarch Ultralite Travel Bags from Equinox. These versatile bags are perfect for a number of different uses.

The Monarch Ultralite Travel Bag has 5 internal pouches of varying size and there is still enough room to store items loose inside the clamshell opening bag. The pockets are made from mesh so that you can see what they contain at a glance. The body of the pouch is made from ultralight 1.1oz silicone impregnated ripstop nylon to keep the weight to a minimum and provide some water resistance.

These make great first aid kit bags or gear organizers. I like to organize my smaller gear in this type of bag so that I can easily move it from one bag to another. The Monarch Ultralite Travel Bags are perfect for this “bag in bag” organization style because they don’t add much weight unlike other organizers made from heavier materials. They also come in several colors so that you can easily color code your gear.

The Equinox Monarch Ultralite Travel Bag is made right here in the USA. Check them out on the Equinox website.

Review: Fight and Flight Tactical 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel

You only have so much space to carry the gear that you need. The best pieces of gear will be versatile enough to serve multiple functions and maximize that limited space. The 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel from Fight and Flight Tactical is just such a piece of gear. It is simple concept with many applications.

4x4 Hybrid Patch Panel in Coyote Brown


The 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel is about 4″ tall by 6″ wide. The front of the pouch is covered with 4 rows and 4 columns of PALS webbing, hence the 4×4 part of the name. That PALS webbing is sewn over with loop Velcro, hence the patch panel part of the name. There are two sleeves integrated into the body of the pouch that are sized to carry a number of different items, hence the hybrid part of the name.

The back of the 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel is also covered with PALS webbing that allows you to attach it to any other PALS webbing using the 2 included short MALICE clips. It also comes with 2 bungee retainers with pull tabs that are adjustable for length or completely removable.

Fight and Flight Tactical makes these in all the usual colors including Multicam. The Multicam version is pretty slick since printed Velcro is used to cover the PALS webbing on the front. It is cut and then realigned during sewing so that the camo pattern is intact.

Shown with a Glock 17 and Glock 21 magazine


The 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel is very well made. The body of the panel is constructed from folded over 1000D nylon. All of the cloth edges are covered with binding tape which is always a very nice touch that increases durability by preventing fraying. The PALS webbing is triple stitched to the body of the panel. This should be a very long wearing piece of gear.

The back is identical to the front except for the loop Velcro so this 4x4 Hybrid Patch Panel is actually reversible.

In Use

The key to the versatility of this pouch is the sizing of the two internal sleeve type pouches. They are sized larger than you might expect so that they can be used to carry items like pistol magazines, multi-tools, flashlights, folding knives, medical shears, tourniquets, energy bars, or anything else that you can find to fit in the sleeves.

Even larger multi-tools like my favorite, the Multitasker Series 2, fit perfectly. The belt case on some multi-tools like the Leatherman Wave can used to turn the sleeve into a flap covered pouch.

It works very well on plate carriers or chest rigs. I don’t always carry pistol magazines on my plate carrier or chest rig since I prefer to reload from the belt but it is nice to have the option of carrying them. The 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel can be mounted high center on a plate carrier and used much like a compact admin pouch or it can be mounted lower in much the same way that you would mount a pistol mag pouch. It can be used to carry so many different types of gear that you will only be able to determine a mounting location based on what you are carrying in it.

Knives and flashlights are easily retained by the bungee straps and pull tabs. The split design of the pull tab allows the light to be held without activating the tail switch.

It also works very well on a backpack. It lets you attach a few patches can keep your multi-tool and flashlight (or other items) handy on the exterior of the pack. I found that some multi-tools could be carried by placing their entire belt pouch into the sleeve and then the flap on the belt pouch could be fastened to the Velcro on the front of the panel. It effectively turned the sleeve into a flap covered pouch.

The 4x4 Hybrid Patch Panel can be mounted and used like an admin pouch (shown with a knife and flashlight).

I tested it with Glock 17, 19, and 21 magazines. The sleeves are large enough to easily accept the Glock 21 magazines. Glock 17 magazines work perfectly but Glock 19 magazines are just a bit too short to be able to easily remove from the pouch. The included bungee retainers work very well with handgun magazines and they are necessary to retain the magazines since the sleeves are too large to retain the magazines on their own.

I really appreciate how low profile the 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel is when there is nothing loaded in the 2 internal sleeves. It really isn’t much thicker than most patch panels but it offers a ton of additional utility versus most patch panels. It isn’t obtrusive at all when it is empty so you won’t mind keeping it on your gear, even if it is just to hold some patches. It also saves space on your gear by virtue of all the different items that it can carry. This one pouch may be able to cover much of your admin pouch and pistol mag pouch needs.

It also works well when it is mounted and used like a pistol magazine pouch.


The 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel is versatile enough that every person that uses it is going to be able to find something unique to carry in it based on their specific needs. It is simple and low profile enough to serve as a great patch panel until you need it for something more. This is just a very simple, well executed pouch that serves a wide variety of purposes.

Read more about the 4×4 Hybrid Patch Panel on the new and improved Fight and Flight Tactical website.

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