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Review: Whiskey Two-Four Loop Anywhere

Loop Anywhere from Whiskey Two-Four (WTF) is a simple way to add loop material (Velcro) to any MOLLE compatible surface. It also happens to be one of those pieces of gear that you always seem to find new uses for.

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Overview

Loop Anywhere is elegantly simple. It consists of a piece of loop material (the fuzzy side of Velcro) that is laminated to a piece of thin, semi-rigid plastic. it is then laser cut to shape. It is available in a number of sizes based on the number of PALS columns that you need to span.

It’s unique shape makes it very easy to install between rows of PALS webbing. You just tuck the tabs into the webbing above and below. It takes just seconds to install a 4 column size Loop Anywhere once you have the hang of it.

Observations from Use

The most important thing that I wanted to verify when I first laid hands on Loop Anywhere was that it was secure. It just tucks into the webbing so I was concerned that if it was easy to install, it would be too easy to remove. I was happy to find that it is actually very secure, especially when the spacing on the PALS platform you attach it to is in spec. It takes intentional action to remove it once installed.

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I also wanted to see how it handled imperfect PALS grids. Most gear is still hand sewn by a craftsman with a sewing machine and the spacing on the PALS webbing can vary a bit. The best maker minimize this but it is a reality. Loop Anywhere’s tabs are tapered and I found that they handle quite a bit of variation in the grid because of that.

Loop Anwhere’s backing is thin enough that you can cut it with a pair of sturdy scissors. This is handy if you want to trim a piece to fit in a spot that has an abbreviated row of PALS webbing. There is no real need to trim to it to fit between pouches because it can actually share PALS columns with other pouches.

The obvious use for Loop Anywhere is for adding ID to items like plate carriers that may not come with sewn on loop material. It works very well for this and is perfectly sized for name tapes. I also found it very useful for adding loop material to the front of an IFAK so I could add a small red cross patch to indicate the contents.

If you have large patches that you want to mount, you can use multiple Loop Anywhere panels to create a large loop field. Large patches can span the PALS webbing and should hold fairly securely but care should be taken to really press them down into the loop material to make sure they are set. This works for the standard 2×3″ sized patches that are so common.

My favorite use for them is to help convert a plate carrier to accept clip on chest rigs and panels like the TLMP from Beez Combat Systems. I have a Mayflower APC that I like quite a bit but it is an earlier version that lacks loop material on the cummerbund flap to mate with the hook material on the best of mountable chest rigs. Loop Anywhere allows me to quickly add loop material right where I need it on the flap.

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I think the best thing about Loop Anywhere is its flexibility. It can be used in so many ways and so many places. If I was a gear maker I might even explore designing it into the gear I make. Instead of sewing loop material into fixed positions on a plate carrier or backpack, Loop Anywhere panels could be provided so the user can place the loop where they need it or remove it if they don’t. So much of gear these days is modular and this could be used to add another layer.

Wrap Up

Loop Anywhere is a well designed and well executed product that is easy to use and easy to find uses for. Check out Whiskey Two-Four. You can pick up Loop Anywhere from Whiskey Two-Four’s Amazon store.

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Viper Advanced Battle Helmet

Shellback Tactical and Katylist.com are now carrying the Viper Advanced Battle Helmet or ABH. The ABH offers Level IIIA protection and a host of useful features at an excellent price. This helmet comes standard with many of the items that you would otherwise have to add yourself like OPS-CORE ARC Rails, Wilcox L4 3 Hole Shroud, and a Team Wendy suspension.

Check out the ABH at Katylist and Shellback Tactical.

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Whiskey Two-Four General Purpose Admin Pouch

Some admin pouches are too small to carry much of anything. Some are far too large and take up too much space. The Whiskey Two-Four General Purpose Admin Pouch attempts to strike a balance between the desire for compact size and the necessity to carry everything you need.

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This MOLLE compatible pouch has a fairly compact footprint but also has enough internal volume to carry everything you need and then some. It features a fold-down map/ID sleeve on the front that opens to reveal a loop Velcro field where patches or ID can be displayed. It also various elastic loops on the exterior for carrying items like markers, chemlights, and similar shaped items. The zipper closed interior has a high visibility lining and elastic loop organization.

Like many products from Whiskey Two-Four, this is made from durable materials like Cordura Nylon and laser cut Hypalon. It is designed specifically for the paintball market but it is well-made, durable, and versatile enough for the “tactical” market.

Check out the Whiskey Two-Four General Purpose Admin Pouch.

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Pouch shown inside-out to show interior

Grey Ghost Gear and Noveske Team Up

Noveske and Grey Ghost Gear sitting in a tree… K I S S I N G! It looks like Grey Ghost Gear and Novekse Rifle Works are gearing up to make some beautiful music. Noveske AR-15 upper receivers are already available at Grey Ghost Gear but what I am really looking forward to is seeing the exclusive tactical gear that is created for Noveske.

From Grey Ghost Gear…

How do you determine the value of badass2? Can it be reckoned, or is it incalculable?

You’re about to find out.

Grey Ghost Gear (which is bad ass) has teamed up with Noveske (which is equally bad ass). How bad ass is that?

Effective immediately, Grey Ghost Gear will be carrying Noveske uppers and soon you’ll be seeing complete rifles.

Asked to give some background to the relationship between the two innovative companies, GGG Despotrix-in-Charge Lindsey Lea advises, “The love story began with my very first SHOT Show ever. That’s where I met John and Sheri. We’ve been friends since then and now that that Grey Ghost has decided to carry weapons, Noveske was the obvious choice—both out of our respect for John and of course for the obvious fact that they’re superb rifles.”

Buyers will see a Noveske tab on the Grey Ghost website from which to choose from a variety of Noveske models, including the Infidel, Rogue Hunter in 16” and 18”, some of the 10” uppers in both 5.56 and 300BLK and others.

Noveske Rifle Works’ Sheri Johson echoes Lea’s sentiment. “The people at Grey Ghost Gear are some of the best I know, really,” Sheri says. I’ve been a fan forever. When they came to me about high quality AR parts…well, it was obvious we were going to do it.”

Rumor has it Grey Ghost Gear may reciprocate by building a Noveske-specific line of gear like concealed carry messenger bags, a 3-gun setup and the like. You’ll want to watch for that.

Fans of both GGG and Noveske are also well advised to keep an eye on both companies’ social media. There will be a joint giveaway soon involving both Facebook pages and possibly Instagram—prizes will be Noveske uppers and GGG goodness.

Grey Ghost Gear + Noveske……badass2
Follow Grey Ghost Gear on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GreyGhostGearGGG

Follow Noveske Rifle Works on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Noveske-Rifleworks/181862575167497

Follow Grey Ghost Gear on Instagram:

http://instagram.com/greyghostgear

Follow Noveske Rifle Works on Instagram:

http://instagram.com/noveske_llc

On the web: www.greyghostgear.com

www.noveskerifleworks.com

You can read about Grey Ghost Gear’s history and ethos here.

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