I recently reviewed one of Nitecore’s bags, the BP20 (read my review of the BP20 here). Now, some of you may have noticed that in the “Improvements and Suggestions” section, I noted the fact that there was no bottle carrier and for me, that wasn’t really a big deal – especially seeing as I have a MOLLE-compatible bottle holster named “HUNTERZ” from OneTigris. So, how does it perform in daily life? Let’s find out!
The HUNTERZ doesn’t come in a box. Instead, it comes in a zip-lock bag. Inside, you receive:
- OneTigris Life Ambassadors card
- OneTigris “HUNTERZ” MOLLE-compatible bottle holster in black
The bottle holster is very compact when folded – it takes up practically no space! At its widest point, the HUNTERZ is little over two centimetres thick, but it can expand to almost nine centimetres (3.5”), which allows you to carry water bottles with a capacity of 10oz (approximately 300mls) all the way up to 32oz (which works out to be almost one litre) – perfect for day trips or hiking trips.
The bottle holster can also accommodate Nalgene bottles It measures 17.8 centimetres in length and 10.2 centimetres in width. Once you’re finished with your water bottle, you can throw it away (if it is disposable of course!) and then fold up the HUNTERZ bottle holster and store it away for later use, thanks to its streamlined design.
Upon removing the HUNTERZ bottle holster, it is easy to tell that it has been excellently manufactured. From the heavy duty UTX® D-Flex quick release buckle to the 500D nylon construction, you can tell that the HUNTERZ can easily withstand day-to-day abuse. Although it is designed to carry water bottles, it can also be used to carry airsoft gas bottles.
A Closer Look at the OneTigris HUNTERZ Bottle Holster.
The construction can be split into three key parts: a front panel, a back panel and three sets of elasticated bungee strings. As I said previously, the bottle holster is made from 500D nylon, which means that the HUNTERZ has a great resistance to abrasion and that it is durable, dirt resistant and water resistant. Like I mentioned before, the build quality is fantastic and one of the things that stands out for me is the stitching – everything has been attached securely which is a must for any piece of EDC gear, especially considering the fact that the HUNTERZ will probably have a higher exposure to everyday wear and tear. Thanks to its sturdy construction, I can honestly say that this bottle holster will handle everything that you throw at it.
The Front Panel.
A laser-cut soft Velcro panel can be found on the front panel, which allows you to attach all your favourite patches. This part is quite rigid and doesn’t bend very much, so it keeps your bottle from moving from side to side.
There are six loops (three on either side) and a length of elasticated bungee cord runs through either side in an x-style. These act as drawstrings and keep your bottle nice and secure while it is inside the bottle holster.
The Back Panel.
The back panel features two UTX® snap-button straps, which allow you to attach the HUNTERZ to any MOLLE-compatible equipment, for example, backpacks or plate carriers. However, for a more streamlined option, it can also be easily attached to a belt. These straps close with a reassuring “snap” (hence the name), which means that you will never worry about them coming undone. This back panel is made from the same semi-rigid material as the front panel. This again features six loops for the bungee cord to zig-zag through. There is a length of bungee cord that acts as a drawstring, as it keeps the top of the HUNTERZ closed over, which prevents your bottle from falling out even when running.
The UTX® Buckle.
The UTX® D-Flex buckle is quite stiff at first, which means that it won’t ping open all by itself. The buckle can be easily manipulated when wearing gloves, as it is large. When you close it, it snaps shut with a lovely “click” sound. You never have to worry about the buckle coming loose, as it has been stitched on securely.
Other Aspects of the OneTigris HUNTERZ Bottle Holster.
There is a tough piece of fabric that also keeps the front and back panel connected. This is what prevents your bottle from falling out of the bottom. As this will obviously be a key stress point (especially if you are carrying a 32oz / one litre bottle), the fabric has been stitched on twice. This gives it plenty of strength. The strap is adjustable, as the part that has not been stitched on has a strong Velcro end, with a soft piece of Velcro that runs up the inside of the back panel. It reaches all the way up to the top, meaning that you can carry any size or shape of bottle.
Improvements and Suggestions.
I honestly do think that if I were to sit and think up any improvements and suggestions, I would be splitting hairs. Although the UTX® buckle is quite stiff at first, once it has been opened and closed a few times it loosens ever so slightly. This makes opening and shutting the HUNTERZ slightly easier. It would be good if the bottle holster came in more colours, for example multicam or desert tan. This would let the bottle holster blend in with things such as plate carriers.
Apart from that, there really isn’t anything else I could suggest to improve this bottle holster.
Product sample provided by OneTigris in exchange for a detailed, unbiased review.
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