Over the course of the last few weeks, we’ve done individual reviews on five different radio pouches for the Baofeng UV-5R and BF-F8HP. As promised, now it’s time for the recap. I’m not going to re-hash the each pouch here. You can go back and read each pro and con on the individual review. Instead, I’ll try to provide a quick summary and high points so that you can make a quick comparison and narrow your search.
If you’re just getting into radios and you need a pouch to fill a gap until you identify a more appropriate pouch for your requirements, this is the one for you. It’s a well-built pouch that will protect your radio and provide a medium level of secondary retention. The downside is that you’ll have to remove the radio from the pouch to do any sort of manipulation other than changing the volume.
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty nylon pouch with a fold-out capability, this is an excellent option. The construction is top-notch, as you would expect, and it has some neat features such as the clear cover over the keypad. It also provides a decent level of protection to the side push to talk. The biggest downside is a lack of secondary retention and the lack of a 90-degree limiting feature.
Milwaukee Custom Kydex Rapid Access Comms Carrier
Definitely the heaviest duty of the pouches, this one also does a great job of protecting side buttons and retaining the radio. You can also choose from multiple mounts (but you’ll have to install them one at a time). The downside is that the protection you get comes with an increase in bulk, and it also has more mechanical components that may wear over time.
A slim-line pouch closer to a “skin” than a full-on pouch, it has probably the best secondary retention of the bunch and is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a minimalist pouch. It’s compact, built with durable laminates, and takes up no more room than the radio itself. The downside is that it will likely provide very little protection against bumps and has no protection for the side buttons.
If you need a versatile pouch that can be worn in multiple configurations, this is likely the pouch you’re looking for. Able to be worn in four different configurations, including vertical belt, horizontal belt, MOLLE, and with One-Wrap, and fitting multiple radios, this is a great pouch. It also includes a pouch to attach a secondary retention device. The downside to this pouch is that you’ll probably need the secondary retention if the primary is defeated, and the pouch is a bit on the floppy side when worn in a MOLLE configuration.
All of these pouches are quality pouches. Each offers distinct features that you should evaluate against your particular needs when deciding the best option for you. If you heard something that interested you, please take the time to go check out the original articles and see all my thoughts, along with links to purchase.
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