Review: Tasmanian Tiger Tac Pouch 8 (SP)

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Some time ago I was supplied by Tasmanian Tiger with a neat care package, which I would like to introduce to you in several parts. As a start I am going to review the TT Tac Pouch 8 SP (Side Pocket) today – a new accessory pouch in the TT line up. Let’s start with some facts:

Specs

  • Dimensions: 36 x 16 x 8 cm
  • Weight: 255g
  • Material: 700den Cordur
  • Colors: Olive, Black, Khaki
  • UVP: 25€

With the Tac Pouch 8 SP (TP8), Tasmanian Tiger introduces a new accessory pouch, which adds to the existing line up of MOLLE compatible pouches in the TT program as well as relieves the TP7 as largest pouch of the TP series.As all the other tac pouches, the TP8 has its own internal configuration that I would like to point out here.

Tasmanian Tiger Tac Pouch 8 SP (side pouch)

Buildup
The TP8 is almost a clamshell design. I am writing “almost” because the pouch can be opened up to ¾ parts. On the outside you will find three rows of MOLLE with three channels each. Right above of them is a velcro loop panel to designate the use or content of the pouch with a dedicated patch.

MOLLE webbing and velcro

On the back you will find the MOLLE attachment system of the pouch. Tasmanian Tiger chose not only to put MOLLE webbing on the back, but also the necessary straps to attach the pouch to a pack (e.g.). That way you don’t need any Malice clips or other additional straps. Sewn on are four MOLLE rows with three channels each.

Backside of the TP8 showing the attachment system

The straps can be closed with push buttons that close really tight.

Interior
The inside of the pouch offers some possibilities to organize the content, but it is configured differently than the TP7.

Inside the TP8

On top of the pouch there is an opening for cables and antennas. It is reinforced with hypalon at the outside. There is also a D-Ring which gives you the possibility to hang in individual material.

Antenna/cable opening on top

 

D-Ring on the inside

On the rear side there is elastic webbing to organise your content. At two places there are sewn on two bands each, on top of each other. The upper one gives you the chance to fix larger material while the lower one is divided into four smaller loops.

Elastic loop webbing

On the inside of the flap there are another two large loops of elastic webbing.

Elastic webbing on the inside of the front

Manufacture
As always the manufacture is top notch as one expects from Tasmanian Tiger. The choice of materials is proof of their aim for highest quality. Original Cordura, Wojinn hardware and high grade zippers are being used (although no ykk zippers, which is no “must” in my opinion).

superb quality of manufacture

The stitching is clean and there are no loose threads. All of the stresspoints are reinforced with bartack stitches and the seams are finished with elastic edge binding. Overall a very high grade look.

Large zippers

The only thing I could criticise is the arrangement of the MOLLE webbing. In this regard the measurement of TT is a little bit off than with other companies. The MOLLE channels are a little bit wider as the location of the straps that are being used to fixate the pouch. This might come in handy while threading the straps because of the larger opening of the channels but at the same time one has to think twice which channel to use since everything is switched a little bit aside.
At the same time there are MOLLE channels created at the sides because of this, which can not be used since they are to small.

MOLLE channels

The pragmatic in me says it doesn’t matter – everything works fine. The perfectionist in me responds nevertheless with a “it doesn’t have and shouldn’t be that way. Either way, this is a case in which everyone has to decide for himself if it is a problem or not. As I said before – there is no problem in functionality.

Application
I decided not to fully pack the pouch and only add some small items to give you an idea of the size and dimension. Everyone will have a different Use and the possibilities are diverse.

Nalgene canteen and SIGG 1l bottle

I for myself am using the pouch as simple side pocket in which I throw 1-2 large or voluminous items, that have to be easy accessible: Bottles, gloves, Shemagh or a fixed knife (if it is not carried on my belt). Insofar I don’t really need the elastic loops.

MRE main meal

Nevertheless MRE’s have enough place in the large loops, as well as lamps, multitools in the small ones. As I said before, there is enough leeway for everyone’s preferences.

TP8 mounted on the Tasmanian Tiger Bug Out Pack

TP8 mounted on the Tasmanian Tiger Essential Bag

Conclusion
So what is there left to say? The TP8 is a great pouch! Especially if you have a MOLLE pack that has no side pockets as one might be used to. In this situation you will find the TP8 very useful to upgrade your pack without much drama. TT knows how to score with fine quality and a smart product line up.
Even if small aspects like the MOLLE arrangement bother me from time to time, it never kept me from getting some TT products.

Insofar thank you for reading and thanks to Tasmanian Tiger for their generous help. More to come so stay tuned! 😉

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