The PALS Belt Platform is coming to the end of it’s long gestation and development period. As the name might suggest, it’s a short adapter that supports a PALS compatible platform for pouch attachment onto a belt.
Gear purpose built for belt carriage is nice but not good for attachment and use elsewhere, thus narrowly limited in application. PALS equipped, MOLLE compatible pouches are not designed to ride directly on a belt, but many are pressed into service as belt pouches anyway.
The PALS Belt Platform fills a need identified after the Down Range Gear MALICE Clip Belt Stabilizer was released. Tactical Tailor MALICE Clips make natural, secure belt loops with their semi rigid construction and locking tabs. The Belt Stabilizer kept them from shifting around on the belt. Customers have been pressing the Belt Stabilizer into service for use on pouches with more conventional type PALS (MOLLE) attachment systems for lack of a better method. The problem with this is that unlike the MALICE Clip, conventional PALS systems must be properly woven in order to provide secure attachment. Simply securing the ends and looping the pouch onto a belt without properly weaving the webbing through the backer is not a good idea.
The Belt Platform solves this problem.
It’s a 2 x2 PALS grid with two rows and two columns. The platform is restricted to the dimensions that will support a single rifle magazine pouch, or two pistol magazine pouches. The PALS webbing is “contoured” or bowed out from the platform in order to facilitate pouch attachment. This rides on a length of 3″ wide webbing which is sewn into a fixed belt loop accommodating belts up to 2″. The belt loop is backed with a thin piece of HDPE (plastic) which reinforces the platform to provide a stable surface. The interior of the belt loop and the back are lined with a nonslip material which will help minimize shifting and movement while worn.
The PALS Belt Platform was not conceived or designed in-house at Down Range Gear and proper credit is due to the customer who saw a need, brought a nearly production ready concept and allowed it to be used.