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Review: Multicam MPIL from Battle Systems LLC

At JTT, we love the Marker Panel, Individual, Lightweight (MPIL) from Battle Systems LLC. They are just so simple to use, so compact and lightweight, and so functional that you can’t help but love them.

Battle Systems Multicam MPIL


Battle Systems told me a few months ago that they were working on a new version of the MPIL that would have only one high visibility side while the other side would be camouflaged. This new version was being made specifically for the needs of some military users who may need to signal within visual range of the enemy. I don’t really have to worry about such things so, at the time, I wondered if the Multicam MPIL would be as useful to me as a non-military user. After actually having one in hand for a while, I think I might actually like it better than the original – at least for some uses.

In Use

The original MPIL stays true to its bulkier, heavier predecessor, the VS-17 signal panel, in that it has an orange side and a pink side. The Multicam MPIL replaces the pink side with Multicam. For the military user, this means that they can flash the orange side quickly and then lower their visual signature immediately with the Multicam side. Its uses for the civilian user were less apparent to me until I actually had one in hand. Once I was able to use one, I found one use that I liked it for so much, that I might like it even more than the standard MPIL…

Now you see me...

Now you see me…

I knew from past experience with the MPIL that it could be lashed to just about any pack easily with the Poli Binas that can be purchased with the MPIL. However, with the original MPIL, you could only choose to cover your pack with a high visibility color. Now, with the Multicam MPIL, you can cover your pack with either a high visibility color or camouflage. This ability has application for the hiker and hunter alike.

The hunter can camouflage just about any civilian pack no matter how loud the color of the pack is. This means you can turn your favorite hiking pack into your favorite camouflaged hunting pack in seconds. Basically, every pack is a hunting pack with the Multicam MPIL.

If you are like me, you don’t like to stand out in the woods, even when you are just hiking or camping. The Multicam MPIL lets me start at the trail head with a normal looking backpack and then attach the MPIL as a camo cover once I am in the woods. I just keep the Poli Binas positioned on my pack so I can quickly clip the MPIL in place.

If you get into trouble and need to be seen or if you need some additional blaze orange coverage while you are hunting, you can simply flip the MPIL over to expose the orange side. It turns your pack into a passive signalling system. You will be visible even if you can’t move. You could do this same thing with the original MPIL but you couldn’t “turn it off” without stowing the panel. The Multicam MPIL lets you keep the MPIL staged on your pack either actively concealing you or actively raising your visual signature.

Now you don't...

Now you don’t…

Wrap Up

The new Multicam MPIL might be the best MPIL yet. A tweak as simple as replacing a high visibility color with a camo pattern has really added some great functionality. I still prefer the original MPIL for some uses like in a vehicle emergency kit or a cold weather kit but if I am headed into the woods, I reach for the Multicam MPIL.

Check out the Multicam and standard MPIL on BattleSystemsLLC.com.


Multicam MPIL MKI from Battle Systems

Not everyone needs the double sided, high visibility functionality of the original MPIL MKI. In fact, having two high visibility sides on a signal panel may be a liability to some users. That is why Battle System developed a new Multicam version of the MPIL MKI.

MPIL MK1 Multicam

This new version features a Multicam side paired with a high visibility orange side. This allows the user to flash the high visibility side quickly while remaining camouflaged when necessary. Obviously this version is geared more toward military users but it could also be very useful to hunters who wish to remain camouflaged at times and need to be seen at others.

Check out the new Multicam MPIL MKI at BattleSystemsLLC.com.

Battle Systems End of Year Sale

Battle Systems LLC announced that they are running a sale from now until to the end of year. If you buy $20 worth of gear, you will receive a roll of their excellent Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown. Buy an MPIL, and you’ll get a free roll of tape. If you buy 3 rolls of tape, you’ll get a 4th roll free. There are lots of opportunity to get some free tape.

MPILs and rolls of Vinyl Tape, Coyote Brown are the very definition of stocking stuffers. Check out BattleSystemsLLC.com.



We are big fans of the Battle Systems MPIL and while one of the key features of the MPIL is that it can be stowed just about anywhere, it can be nice to have a dedicated pouch for it. That is where TAREINCO comes in with their MPIL Pouch. TAREINCO loves the MPIL just as much as we do so they did what they do and made a pouch for it.

The MPIL pouch is nearly as compact as the MPIL itself. It is just 3”x2.75”x0.5” and mounts to 1 column and 2 rows of PALS webbing. It features a pouch for holding the MPIL itself and a smaller pouch for holding your IR glint tapes for use with the MPIL. The front of the pouch has a Velcro panel that can hold small patches or IR glint tapes.

The MPIL Pouch is currently available from TAREINCO.com and they will be available as a package with an MPIL soon. Check out the MPIL on BattleSystemsLLC.com.

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