OneTigris were kind enough to send me their MONZTER MOLLE pouch before it was officially released in order for me to review it. One thing that I love about OneTigris products is that they are well-made and that the company uses modern techniques to produce fashionable EDC articles. So, let’s see how the MONZTER fares when it is faced with everyday life!
The MONZTER comes in a zip-lock bag instead of a box, with one side of the bag being see-through plastic and the other side being a white mesh material. Inside, you receive:
- OneTigris Life Ambassadors card
- OneTigris “MONZTER” MOLLE-compatible EDC pouch in black
The MONZTER comes in one colour: black. The pouch is constructed from 500D nylon which makes it durable and gives the pouch a degree of water resistance. This means that even if it rains, you don’t have to worry about the rain damaging the items inside of the MONZTER.
The EDC pouch measures 20.3 centimetres long by 12.7 centimetres wide by 7.6 centimetres deep. When empty, the MONZTER pouch weighs only 135 grams, so there’s no reason why the MONZTER pouch isn’t an ideal choice if you’re looking to treat yourself to a new EDC organiser!
The Front of the MONZTER.
On the front, there is a laser-cut soft Velcro area for attaching patches – OneTigris have made this Velcro area one of the key features. Now, most patch systems are rectangular; however, this laser-cut area has a unique look which can be seen below in more detail.
This feature in particular gives the MONZTER a very modern, fashionable feeling that looks fantastic even without patches.
So, why laser cutting? Well, that’s easy: when you cut fabric (in this case, soft Velcro) with a laser, you get extreme accuracy, sealed edges and clean cuts – for EDC pouches, there’s no better method.
A loop of bungee cord in an x-shape can be seen on the front. This bungee cord is adjustable, so you can have it as tight or as loose as you like. You can even remove it too. The bungee cord allows you to carry a small umbrella or a raincoat and when you live somewhere as wet as the U.K., you always need to be prepared for the weather to change.
The Back of the MONZTER.
On the rear, there are three UTX® snap-button straps (with the word “OneTigris” stamped into the back of each one), which allow you to attach the MONZTER to any MOLLE-compatible equipment that you may have, for example, backpacks or plate carriers.
However, for a more streamlined option, it can also be easily attached to a belt. These snap-button straps close with a reassuring “snap” (hence the name), which means that you will never worry about them coming undone.
There are also two rows of MOLLE webbing on the back, which allow you to clip on a pen, meaning you always have something to write with. Of course, then there’s the inside of the MONZTER. Let’s take a look…
Inside the MONZTER.
Keeping the MONZTER closed are two YKK® zips with paracord zip pulls. They are smooth to open and do not snag. Thanks to the loops of paracord, it is easy to open the MONZTER even with gloves.
Never would I have thought that something that appeared to be so small would be, in fact, so spacious. The MONZTER really is quite deceptive! There are four, technically five areas to carry your gear, as well as four elasticated loops. Inside, you will find:
- Long compartment (closest to front of pouch)
- Two small pockets divided by a seam
- Four elasticated loops
- Large, main compartment
- Compartment behind netting
In terms of quality, inside is just as just as well-made as the outside. The material inside isn’t as coarse as the outside, however that doesn’t mean that it isn’t as durable. Thanks to the high-quality stitching, the inside of the MONZTER can certainly take a beating! In some cases, netting inside EDC pouches can tear, but OneTigris have used what feels like two layers stitched together and then coated with a substance which gives the netting a strong, durable feeling. Even when the compartments are jam-packed, there certainly isn’t any danger of it tearing!
Inside the Long Compartment.
The long compartment of the MONZTER is perfect for keeping longer items in. I choose to carry a small fixed blade, as the area isn’t noticeable at first when the pouch is opened.
The Two Small Pockets.
I carry my Leatherman Wingman and my Olight S1A Baton in raw copper inside the two small pockets. Hanks are essential if you wear glasses like me. The Leatherman is fantastic for bigger, tougher tasks and I always like to have a backup flashlight with me, in case something happens to my main one, which brings me to the next compartment.
The Elasticated Loops.
I carry my earphones – as I am an audiophile -in the elasticated loop area (these aren’t easy to see here, as they are hidden inside the hank). These loops keep any cables you wish to carry nice and tidy. I also carry my Swiss Army Knife, as it is non-threatening when taken out in public and has a plethora of uses. My hank fits into the loops well, as does a small box of matches and a fire-starting kit. You never know when these things may be useful!
The Larger Section Inside the OneTigris MONZTER.
In the larger section, I have opted for a more powerful flashlight: the Brinyte PT18 Oathkeeper (read my review of it here). It’s always good to have a more powerful flashlight in case of emergency. Although the PT18 is rather long, the main section of the MONZTER more than accommodates it.
The Netted Section.
Finally, I keep a pair of gloves and a powerbank in the area behind the net. During cold weather, gloves are essential. The powerbank is useful, especially on long-distance journeys.
Improvements and Suggestions.
In terms of price and quality, this pouch is one of the best choices currently on the market. Lightweight and versatile, this pouch has accompanied me on several journeys. I have a few suggestions that I believe would help to improve the MONZTER. For example, it would be fantastic if the MONZTER was fully waterproof, but with a waterproofing spray there’s no reason why it can’t be. Hooded zip covers would make the MONZTER even more water resistant. Finally, if the pouch came in more colours, it would be great, as sometimes people want their gear to be colour coordinated. Therefore, colours such as OD green or desert tan would make the MONZTER more adaptable to each person’s needs.
In my opinion, OneTigris have released an amazing pouch which I have thoroughly enjoyed testing.
Product sample provided by OneTigris in exchange for a detailed, unbiased review.
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