World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

PALS webbing

Article Id: WHEBN0013962715
Reproduction Date:

Title: PALS webbing  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: MOLLE, Personal Load Carrying Equipment, Modular Tactical Vest, CIRAS, Pentagonlight, Full Spectrum Battle Equipment Amphibious Assault Vest
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

PALS webbing

The Pouch Attachment Ladder System or PALS is a grid of webbing invented and patented by United States Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center used to attach smaller equipment onto load-bearing platforms, such as vests and backpacks.[1] [2] It was first used on MOLLE rucksacks, but is now found on a variety of tactical equipment, such as the American Improved Outer Tactical Vest, Interceptor body armor, USMC Improved Load Bearing Equipment backpack and Modular Tactical Vest. It is used to attach items such as holsters, magazine pouches, radio pouches, knife sheathes, and other gear.[1] A wide variety of pouches are commercially available, allowing soldiers to customize their kit. There are also a variety of attachment methods including the Alice Clip, the Natick snap, and soft, interwoven straps.[3] The PALS system has begun to be adopted by other forces, such as the British Army, who use it on their Osprey body armour.

PALS consists of webbing sewn onto the load-bearing equipment and corresponding webbing and straps on the attachment. The straps are interwoven between the webbing on each of two pieces and finally snapped into place, making for a very secure fit which can be detached with moderate effort.


The PALS grid consists of horizontal rows of 1 in (2.5 cm) Mil-W-43668 Type III nylon webbing (most commercial vendors use Type IIIa), spaced 1 in apart, and reattached to the backing at 1.5 in (3.8 cm) intervals.[4]

Commercial products

A wide variety of commercial products have been created to interface with the PALS grid, such as hydration bladders from CamelBak, jackets and pants from Echelon Snowboards, and backpacks from Arc'teryx. There is even a vehicle seat-cover made by Smittybilt that has PALS webbing to attach pouches and other items to the back and sides of the seat.

As mentioned earlier, brand names like CamelBak and Arc'teryx have been utilizing the PALS system. Very well known companies such as KIFARU International and Mystery Ranch have relied heavily on the PALS webbing technology on their products.[5] KIFARU International uses the system on their tactical packs such as the Kifaru Marauder and Zulu Packs.[6] Other companies that utilize the P.A.L.S. include:

  • Eberlestock
  • Echelon Snowboards
  • Granite Gear
  • Maxpedition
  • TAD Gear
  • SnugPak
  • CamelBak
  • Caribee



External links

  • MOLLE Pouch Attachment Ladder System (PALS)
  • US patent 5724707
  • Echelon CWCS Outerwear
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.