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GSARGear Review: RCP-1 Pro

March 26, 2011


GSAR GEAR Review: Coaxsher RCP-1 Pro
This radio chest harness is without a doubt one of the best on the market.
I’ve been using this Coaxsher RCP-1 Pro for about six months now, and it has really proven itself.   It is an extremely functional and sturdy rig.
Form:
The Pro features the following:
-Adjustable main radio holster
-Adjustable GPS/secondary radio holster
-Wide battery/misc equipment pouch
-Narrow writing tools pouch
-Two quick-access pen loops
-Large ziptop main pouch
-Two smaller organizers inside main pouch
-A small loop for hanging a glowstick on
-Removable Mod-U-Lox flashlight clip
-Several grommets and D-rings for attaching other gear
-Secure square-rig back straps

Function:
The RCP-1 Pro is very sturdy and water-resistant. All the pouches are easy to access, but keep the gear very snug and secure, thanks to some well placed elastic straps. There are small loops at the back for tidying up loose straps or attaching other gear. The front buckles unclip and the rig folds down, held in place by elastic straps, presenting a nice mobile writing platform. I have a picture of the straps unclipped below, but better pic here.

There is a flashlight clip included that mounts on the straps. Of all the different lights tested with it I’ve found that it fits Mini-Maglites the best. It’s a little stiff at first, but it holds the light very nicely.

The main pouch is pretty spacious, you can fit two Pelican 1020s side-by side in it, with room to spare. But when the extra space isn’t needed, the rig folds flat against your chest. The rig adjusts to almost any size, and fits securely and comfortably, even with a heavy load.  The rig rides very nicely, you almost forget it’s there, and it allows a nigh-on uninhibited range of motion.

As you can see, this is a seriously high-end radio-rig. Extremely well thought out design and construction, very feature packed and useful. Just about an ideal radio rig for SAR.

GSARGear Review: Modular Shear Sheath

November 18, 2009

Ground Search and Rescue Gear Review:

Jones Tactical Modular Shear Sheath.

Scissors/Medical Shears are really useful on GSAR missions, but most medical pouches have the shears holder inside the pockets, and getting them out in a hurry is always difficult, and a lot of times you end up spilling the contents all over the place. This sheath is specially designed to mount on PALS webbing or a belt, which means you can mount it on the outside of your gear, which in turn makes it easier to get to than digging through the rest of your equipment. The sheath has a simple hook-and-loop flap which runs through the shears handle, so the shears stay locked in and don’t slide out, but you can draw the shears one-handed without any trouble. It performs really well, stays well out of the way until you need it, and just generally does what it was designed to do. It’s about 4.5″ long by 2″ wide, and it can hold smaller shears in place or bigger ones by attaching the flap higher up.
I highly recommend this piece of gear to anyone, it’s really sturdy and just works.

  Photo By Ranier Gear.

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GSARGear Review: Kinston Utility Pouch

October 9, 2009

I recently received this Kinston Folding Utility Pouch, and took it to a Field Training Exercise, and was extremely pleased with its performance. It is about 6″x8″, and stows perfectly in a BDU cargo pocket, so you could use it as a pocket organizer. I had it mounted on the side of my Load Bearing Vest, and it’s extremely easy to get things in and out of. It has a pretty low profile, and can expand out for extra carrying capacity. It has one zipper pocket on the front, the front flap then opens to reveal two more zipper pockets, with an ID/Small items pocket in the larger one. It also has two d-rings and two straps on the back for attaching it to your gear.

It’s quite roomy inside, as you can see here. I was using it as an admin pouch, for maps, notepads, a flashlight, the gps and things like that. It’s completely waterproof, I soaked it in a bucket of water and the contents were completely dry.

All in all, a very nice, durable Utility Pouch

Cons: Can’t really think of any, it’s a high quality, simple piece of equipment, no real flaws.

Pros:

  • Nice size, holds just about everything I need.
  • Waterproof
  • MOLLE Compatible
  • Good design, doesn’t hang loosely and flop around like some ones I’ve tried.

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