Blue Force Gear Sheds Ounces With Pouches

We all hear about how the services want to lighten the load on their troops — particularly with the mountainous fight they’re in trudging the Afghan hills.

Well Blue Force Gear has developed a formula to shed as much as 50 percent of the weight off of magazine pouches and other MOLLE accessories using a new blend of materials.

Called the Helium Whisper, Blue Force Gear has essentially taken its Ten-Speed line and hybridized the construction to eliminate the webbing MOLLE attachments and replace them with a one-piece High Abrasion Resistant Neoprene.

The new technology fuzes the printed elastic material on the front of a Ten-Speed M4 mag pouch, for example, with the HAN backing. Officials from Blue Force Gear who briefed us on this say the neoprene material (which is the same type of tough fabric used in Blue Force Gear’s pack bottoms as well as the material that makes up Zodiac boats) has several manufacturing advantages — which cuts down in cost and sewing errors — but it also makes it easier for troops to attach the packs to gear that has mis-aligned MOLLE rows.

Blue Force Gear raised a couple good points about the advantages of their new pouches, including how the overall weight savings could mean more troops on an assault helo and less trips to the FOB for fuel. But one of the most compelling factors to the Ten-Speed design overall is that when the pouches are empty, the elastic material forces them to lay flat, keeping a low profile and guarding against snags.

One of the things that concerned us when we handled the new pouches was the durability — they seem a bit too flimsy to hold up to the rigors of operations in the combat zone. But Blue Force Gear assured us that the Ten-Speed line is battle proven and that the new HAN backing is stronger than 1,000 Cordura.

This product is so new that Blue Force Gear only has hand-made prototypes to show off right now and it’s unclear yet how much they’ll cost. We’ll be anxious to hear how these things perform in the field once they’re pushed to units for T&E.

22 Comments on "Blue Force Gear Sheds Ounces With Pouches"

  1. I'm all for saving weight but implying that using this material is going to save enough weight on a soldiers gear that they'll be able to load another soldier into the helo is a little crazy. We're talking ounces per pouch which may lead to a few pounds per soldier. Still cool though.

  2. No flap to keep your mags clean or dry? no way id stick to the older ALICE pouches.

  3. i would love to see these tested out in afghan before i even consider buying these. I really don't feel like paying for something that won't hold up to a combat deployment.

  4. Due to its elasticity, it looks like it could also double as a handy field pocket poosy. Can it be easily washed?

  5. I've got a few ten speed pouches in my daily carry bag. I've met a few of the people from BFG who are awesome and they make some really good kit but one thing keeps me from using them as a daily carry pouch: it's difficult to put a mag back in the pouch under stress. Don't get me wrong ten speed pouches have their place but I wouldn't suggest having all of your pouches BFG ten speeds.

  6. I'm more impressed by the SOD-esque MC printed zipper track…

  7. Panzerhund0311 | July 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Reply

    @ Chuck Taylor…..Dude, I'm pretty sure that you never been in a "real-life" fire fight with deadly consequences lurking around your neighborhood. The need for a daily carry bag with a few ten speed pouches seems to me to be a bit ubsurd ! (I had to look up to see what a ten speed pouch was?) Where do you live where you need to carry a rifle with so much ammo? I could understand if you are living in a Border State, or if there has been a outbreak of zombies in your town…But after I looked at your facebook page, its clear to me that you play airsoft, love the HSLD stuff and mostly have never served in the US Armed Forces. So Chuck, take it easy with the all the guns and ammo before you have a negligent discharge… Magpul videos , airsoft, Call Of Duty, and tactical oriented websites don't make you a better shooter or a high speed operator. Being a Combat MOS military service member , L.E.O. professions, overseas security contractors will make you a high speed smooth operator. Stick with your airsoft game and your 3 gun matches. I recommend you carry a quality handgun with decent ammo, a well built knife and train regularly with them. Keep the rifle and the mags at home for the zombie invasion or war with China, N. Korea and the jihadist next door…

  8. Airsoft = realCOMBAT | July 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Reply

    LOL…..I just picked up a "fleshlight"….it can be attached to any M4 or M16 with a rail system only!! It can double as a real flashlight for tactical night time raids when killing insurgents, Talibans, zombies and commies! Then when your back in the rear, it can be used for some self love too! Its the best piece of kit I've ever had! http://www.fleshlight.com/

  9. Flesh Light is demeaning, in my days we simply went outside the base or had ladies brought in to us to get laid. Now you guys are resorting to Flesh Lights and Blue Forces' new elastic pouch to get your nut off? Simply Un-American!!! Bring back the good old days!

    If SOCOM personnel get to party in Dubai or Bangkok or Zamboanga, why can't the regular infantry grunt? Riddle me that!

  10. BFG is sweet.

    @Charlie – get a dump pouch man.

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  12. Guys, please be respectful of other commenters…no need to do a peepee size contest here.

    Thanks…

  13. Initial T&E of a few early prototypes was actually conducted by a few SF guys who just returned from the Stan. Despite wear marks, the product held up well.

  14. I see the trolls have been feeding here. Anyways, I think this does seem like an interesting idea, the attempt to shed ounces in as many places as possible to optimize the soldiers loadout. Between this and LSAT, I think there's some real potential here, but I think I've pretty well made my opinions known on how any reduction in weight for the grunts will be subverted by the brass. Any word on an ultra-light dump pouch, since getting the mags back in in a hurry looks like it might be an issue?

  15. Why don't they start designing lighter stronger vests. I'm all for the protection but 40 pound vest plus another 30 or 40 pounds in supplies gets pretty heavy.

  16. it looks like u can just rip off the straps on the back

  17. Marineone, BFG has a new plate carrier coming out, very light, very versatile.

  18. Well I hope the price comes down a single mag pouch coast $26.95 but the double is $27.95 and triple mags pouch cost $28.95. The nice thing is you can place other things in mags pouches like smoke,pistol mags,gloves and radios and what ever else. The only problem I can see is you can't stack other pouches on them because there is no molle on the fronts. I own the triple mag pouch and like it but it is sitting on a front of regular triple mag pouche on my chest rig and I only use it when I need extra ammo for the range or a class.

  19. They have, check out Mayflower Research or Tyr Tactical

  20. So, any further word on this? I got to thinking about it, and while the ounces per soldier logic doesn't really mean much, folks like myself who love to shave weight and bulk in interesting ways would probably love to have something like this, if of course I had any current use for it. But hey, given the development cycle, by the time I need it, it'll be available to dirty civilians like me.

  21. I had a BFG ten-speed pistol mag pouch for my tour in Afghanistan recently…. I liked ok, but the mags came out whenever the SLIGHTLY caught on something. I can't speak to how secure the rifle mag pouches are but I definitely do not recommend the pistol pouch.

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