Continuing our break from TAK-related topics, today we will be reviewing the Tasmanian Tiger Digi Radio Pouch.
As anyone who has followed my series on radio pouches knows, I love fold-down pouches. They make it so much easier to access controls for radios that don’t have top-accessible channel switches. I’ve previously profiled several, including those from Tactical Tailor and Beez Combat Systems. The Tasmanian Tiger pouch that I’m looking at today was actually recommended by several people, so I wanted to take a look at it for myself.
First, let’s start with their description:
Small, folding flap radio pouch for digital radio devices. The bag has an adjustable flap angle and a display protector made of vinyl.
– Quick access to the battery compartment
– Suitable for digital radios
– PTT button and control panel freely operated
– MOLLE reverse system – requires two MOLLE loops
Construction is a mix of nylon and laminate, with a reinforcing layer in the fold of the pouch where the battery would rub. It also has a small clear internal pouch in the back. It attaches via non-removable MOLLE straps at the rear.
The biggest positive is that the Digi Pouch has several of my preferred features, including a bit of protection for the screen, secondary retention to prevent the radio from falling out, and a limit to how far it will fold outward.
Second, it’s very lightweight because of its construction, which can be a big deal if you’re concerned about weight savings. Its design is very similar to the Beez pouch with the added screen protector and a second row of MOLLE for stability.
Third, it’s very affordably priced for someone just getting into radio at less than $30.
Because this is such a minimalist pouch, there is very little protection from impact or from accidental activation of the buttons. The UV-5R side buttons do not lock out, which means it can need a little extra protection on the sides, and there isn’t any on this pouch.
Second, the vinyl cover is somewhat awkwardly sized and hard to get centered on the front of the radio. It’s not impossible, but it will take some manipulation.
This pouch is definitely in the vein of the Beez design, but with the added screen cover and second MOLLE strap. Despite the minimalist design, it’s a well-made pouch using the more advanced laminates that are becoming more popular. It’s slim and light, and at under $30 it’s very affordable. If minimalist is what you’re looking for, give this pouch a serious look. The only other thing I’d say about it is that I don’t know where it’s made. It’s definitely not made in the US, and their site doesn’t say exactly where they manufacture. So if made in the US is important, that’s one thing to keep in mind.
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