Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make you happy. Like when a simple piece of kit is well thought out, well built, well designed, and a great value. The piece of kit in this situation is the Condor Rip-Away EMT Pouch.
It’s just superbly and thoughtfully designed, rugged, and versatile. I want to get a couple more and put one in every go bag I have. The one pictured is my quick action response kit. This one has pretty much everything that is needed to deal with anything from a gunshot wound, to heavy bleeding, to broken limbs.
The Condor Rip-Away EMT Pouch has 3 compartments, each with different elastic attachments and pockets. In the top, I have my EMT shears, nitrile gloves, gauze, and some Quiklot sponges. In the middle compartment I have gauze, pins, ace bandage and other dressings. And in the bottom of the picture – that is the flip out half of the middle compartment – a zippered pouch I keep a tourniquet and antiseptics in.
The storage space is fantastic – with all this kit loaded into the pouch, it is only a scant 3″ or so wide – and trust me I could pack more in here, but this one is loaded out for tactical and battlefield uses – no real need for Ibprofen and Neosporin.
Plenty of webbing to add kit to your kit pouch – if that makes sense.
Here is where I attached an Ontario ARK, or automatic rescue knife – a great folder and quick response tool for LEO and first responders.
If you check out the review just linked – you can learn more about the features of it, and how it’s a great, quick deploying blade.
The Condor Rip-Away EMT Pouch also has several carry/deployment methods, so another big win for Condor Outdoor on this product. The user can carry it via D-rings on the back with a shoulder strap, by the carry handle stitched to the top, with a strap and quick release buckle. Or, you could just attach it to your pack, chest rig or battle belt with the MOLLE compatable snap strips on the back.
And last but not least – this is how the product gets it’s name – you can rip away the pouch from the Velcro backing and hand it off, or get it next to your patient in a hurry. With several deployment methods and modes of carry, this piece of gear has versatility in spades.
What we like. Versatility, massive storage capacity and organization for a pouch it’s size, several deployment options and webbing all over it. It’s a rugged piece of kit that’s a great value for the money, and easily utilized in multiple roles.
What we don’t like. Nothing. None, buy one.
Update December 2017: The Condor Rip Away EMT Pouch has been serving duty on one of my get-home bags for about a year. It’s been banged around in the trunk, and even ripped off and used on back-country hikes. It’s holding up well, and the MOLLE webbing has come in handy, as I’ve attached a myriad of different knives and even stowed shears on the outside.
Moreover, the velcro keeps everything in place, but you can rip this sucker off if you have to, I can attest to that. A buddy went over a rocky ridge, and I heard him yell from 20 yards away. Ripped off the pouch and double-timed it up to the ridge, and found that he was alright, just rolled an ankle. The moral of the story: even with the large amount of velcro, this thing can still be ripped off and ready for deployment.
One year in, still going strong.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex Castiglione lives in Atlanta, and is an avid outdoorsman and competitive shooter.
His where-abouts include getting after it in his garage gym, practicing martial arts, hitting the trails, or running CrossFit and Strongman competitions for his non-profit, Barbells for Bullies, which holds fundraiser fitness competitions dedicated to aiding Bully breed rescues, dog rescues, or other non-profits with similar missions.
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