Standard versus Slimline Pouches; what is the difference?
|Mini Upright GP Pouch
||Slimline Upright Mini GP Pouch
You may have noticed that there are some new utility pouches available from ATS that look very similar to existing utility pouches. The new Slimline series pouches were based on our best-selling utility pouch designs, but with some definite differences. The goal of the Slimline series was to make very trim, compact and simple pouches that minimized the weight.
We lessened the weight in three ways: first by using our SAS attachment. SAS stands for Snapless Attachment System, getting it's name from the way it is secured to a particular MOLLE compatible platform. Instead of a set of snaps, the attachment strap has a stiffened tab that tucks into a pocket at the bottom of the pouch. As long as the attachment strap is threaded correctly between pouch and platform, it is as secure as snaps are.
The second difference is in the zipper pulls. We still use only YKK zippers because they're the best available, but on the Slimline pouches we use a reverse pull which, for lack of a better description, mounts to the zipper "upside-down". This puts the coils of the zipper inside the pouch and eliminates the need for the dust flap.
Lastly, the PALS webbing found on the face of the original Upright GP pouches has been eliminated on the Slimline series. Through being at war for a decade, troops have found that stacking pouches on pouches is often sub-optimal, with the penalty being a much thicker profile that becomes difficult to work with in situations like going prone and going through narrow openings.
Both series of pouches have their advantages. As always, mission drives the gear train and you have the option of which pouch will fit your needs better.