BLACKHAWK! S.T.R.I.K.E. Utility Speed Clip Nalgene Bottle Poc
I have been a big fan of Nalgene Bottles for years, they have a fat wide mouth, don’t leave your water with a plastic taste and are easy to clean even after you have left them unwashed for long periods of time.
So I was thrilled when I found out that BLACKHAWK! made a PALS Pouch for 32 oz Nalgene Bottles. Now I know that some people have negative things to say about BLACKHAWK! Gear but in my opinion BH gear is fine, a bit overpriced but its still good gear.
I do think they could chill out with using CAPITAL LETTERS and EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!!! on their name and products and stop renaming things that already exist, like calling PALS webbing S.T.R.I.K.E - they should also stop trying to beat imdb.com for the world’s slowest website award.
The S.T.R.I.K.E. Utility Speed Clip Nalgene Bottle Poc (I guess “Poc” stands for Pouch) holds one 32 oz. Nalgene bottle secured in with Velcro and a Side Squeeze clip equipped strap. I think it is made with 500D Nylon but I cant be sure because BH does not say what it is made of on their extremely slow website.
I doubt that anyone would actually use the PALS webbing to attach anything to it because the pouch is pretty large already, but the webbing sort of looks cool. The pouch has 2 PALS straps on the back that secure with snaps on the bottom. The snaps hold well enough that you could use the pouch on your belt if you wanted (I have many times).
The pouch stood up well when I used it in Iraq, I did try to attach it to my armor carrier but it took up way to much real estate and stuck out to far. This is not the fault of the pouch, a 32 oz. Nalgene bottle is pretty big so I didn’t expect the pouch to somehow shrink the size of the bottle.
So most of the time I connected it to my backpack and it held up fine, the bottle never fell out nor did the pouch ever come unattached and fall off my pack. I have also used this pouch connected to a Maxpedition Versipack wile camping and trekking in Indonesia without any problems.
The pouch is a bit large to actually wear on your rig
Pros: Good overall construction, securely holds the Nalgene bottle inside and you can use it for everything from “tactical” stuff to camping.
Cons: Is a bit expensive, but not too bad considering all of the features it has. The pouch seems a little small (the height) for the Nalgene bottle, it fits in and you can shut the top but it is a tight fit.
Overall Buying Esperance Buying this Product from BLACKHAWK!: I placed the order online and it arrived in a reasonable amount of time. No problems at all, overall experience buying from BLACKHAWK! was good, no complaints except the slow website.
Alternate Options: HSGI also makes a Nalgene bottle for around 26 bucks with fewer features. The HSGI Nalgene bottle pouch uses dual zippers instead of the Velcro and Side Squeeze buckle equipped strap that BH uses to secure the bottle in. And it does not have built in PALS straps, HSGI uses Malice clips. The HSGI Nalgene bottle pouch is about 13 bucks cheaper and HSGI makes way solid gear but the fewer features will make me stick with the BH one for now.
BLACKHAWK! Nalgene Bottle Pouch >>> Arround 22 Bucks Nalgene Bottle is NOT included
~James GJames is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in his homes in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.