What Is Molle

What is MOLLE? Who Uses It and How to use MOLLE?

(Last Updated On: January 27, 2023)

MOLLE is an acronym for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. MOLLE defines gear layered with webbing rows and columns that allow your gear to be modified for unique and adjustable purposes. The equipment is completely adjustable to accommodate a given role or condition. MOLLE will be useful to you whether you are a military who needs equipment for a 3-day mission or a hiker who wants a knife next to you in the event of an emergency. Along with other NATO ground services, law enforcement, firefighters, and, gradually, explorers, MOLLE is frequently used by the U.S. military for their tactical and military backpacks.

What is the difference between MOLLE and PALS?

MOLLE is a military standard that specifies the configuration of load-bearing devices used by the armed forces of NATO. This universal spec allows smaller pouches to swap in and out anywhere there is a grid on their gear, as required by the user. PALS, or the Pouch Attachment Ladder System, is generally called the nylon grid itself. The device is a proprietary concept by the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) that enables smaller equipment to be safely connected to load-bearing platforms such as bags or vests by “snaking” the MOLLE-compatible gear straps across the grid. The last thing you want in cases where there might be vital things in those pouches is for them to become disconnected from your bag when you need them the most.

How does MOLLE work?

The webbing is interwoven with that of the connection on the wider equipment and fixed in place. The nylon-based, heavy-duty webbing avoids loss and once the user wishes to manually alter the shape of the equipment, the MOLLE attachments are not easily separated because of this. MOLLE is characterized by its possibilities for limitless customization.

You may mount these and other things to your gear using a MOLLE system:

  • Magazines
  • Knives
  • First-aid kits
  • Water bottle
  • Holsters
  • Gloves
  • D-rings

How to use MOLLE?

It is possible that your MOLLE attachment device will consist of SlickStick® or MOLLE-specific straps designed to weave between the attachment and the accessory on which you apply it. To keep your accessories in place, these sticks easily snap shut.

To mount your MOLLE equipment to a suitable webbing board, follow these steps:

  1. You probably have a strategy if you are doing an SOP, but if you are free to select where your gear goes depending on what is easy for you, try to play with the positioning of your MOLLE pouches on top of your backpack or other items before installing it to decide the right setup.
  2. Keep the snap fixed to the end of the SlickStick, then thread the stick through the bottom row of nylon webbing with which the MOLLE lock will fit, snap side up.
  3. Weave the stick or strap on the backside of the connection along the first row of nylon webbing, strengthening as you go.
  4. Until all that remains are the snaps or buttons at the end, begin winding the stick through the webbing on your equipment and the connection.
  5. If several SlickSticks or straps are provided with your attachment, repeat this procedure with each stick until the whole adhesive is stable.
  6. To make sure that your gear stays put, lock the snaps or keys.


The system is extremely modular as a result. You make a decision on when you put your items. Practical, but also for survivalists, climbers and bushcrafters for all those soldiers for whom it was originally created. This series of loops is strengthened by many backpacks today. Often you see these loops clearly, often they’re covered subtly. With a MOLLE compliant sheath, even bags that do not take the MOLLE method into consideration automatically can be improved.