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  • Patrol Incident Gear - Armo(u)r Kit Bag

    The Armour Kit Bag
    from Patrol Incident Gear

    (P.I.G. AKB)

    So you've spent hundreds, if not thousands, of your hard earned cash-money on your plate carrier/chest rig/vest, yet when it comes to skirmish day you inevitably end up carrying said rig from your car to the safe zone in a cheap, flimsy holdall, or worse, your actual hand. Clearly, this is neither ally, gucci nor HSLD. That's where the AKB from Patrol Incident Gear comes in.

    P.I.G. is a brand which produces some very clever and original gear designs, intended to fill gaps in the market and perform tasks that other equipment doesn't. They make a wide range of kit from super low-profile gloves to specifically shortened hydration carriers, chest rigs and plate carriers. Although unlike most manufacturers such as LBT, BFG, HSGI etc they do not currently produce a full line-up of MOLLE pouches, they aim more towards the type of kit that does something nobody else is doing at the time.

    The AKB is a prime example of this, much like the 'Helmet Hut' by FirstSpear the original intention behind the bag is to protect the equipment that will eventually protect you, as a person that goes in harms way. For the manufacturers description and images, google the title of this reviewand you'll find the manufacturer's site.

    For a complete overview covering all aspects of the bag (plus the optional shoulder straps), here's my video review:

    Videos are all good of course, but having to hit pause every time you want to look at something in detail isn't much fun, neither is the image quality particularly high even in 1080p, so here's some photos of the notable features of the AKB. Starting off with the feature you'll appreciate the most if you do run ceramic plates, the " enclosed cell foam trough that encapsulates the bottom end of the AKB.

    When the bag is oriented vertically, the foam creates a padded trough along the bottom of your LBE and also covers the lower half of the front and back (dependent on the height of your carrier of course). The line in the cordura where the zip finishes indicates the upper edge of the foam.

    This is the upper area of the front, featuring a velcro enclosure with transparency for your ID and/or personal details, as well as 3 stowage pockets which will happily accommodate magazines, gloves, headgear, holsters and all other kit of a similar size. You can also see the integrated carrying handles which comprise a single piece of 1" mil-spec webbing that loops all the way underneath the AKB and forms both actual handles, taking in to account this webbing has a whole ton of double/X-reinforced stitching holding it in place, you can rest fully assure that these handles are never going to break.

    One of my gripes is that I'm 6'0" tall with proportionally short arms, yet this bag is so tall that it will intermittently drag along the ground when I walk with my arm straight down by my side. On the other hand you wouldn't be able to store a PC, belt rig and helmet inside it without having that size. This brings us along to the optional addition of the P.I.G. Mk1 Shoulder straps, which I would say are well worth the extra investment. Below you can see the upper attachment points for the shoulder straps as well as the opening to the large stowage pocket on the rear side of the bag, which is ideal for carrying insulating mid-layers, blankets and other such items you're going to want to have on a long haul flight out to somewhere unpleasant you're being sent to.

    The helmet storage system is simple but effective, pictured below holding in my TMC Airframe. It should comfortably hold any model of Ops-Core, MICH, Mk6/7 or anything else you care to throw in there. It is located in such as position as to sit your helmet neatly between the shoulder straps of your PC, even with a fair amount of accessories attached. Though if you do have some particularly expensive NODs or other gear on your lid and want to keep it inside something like the FirstSpear helmet hut, then that whole setup could also be secure in place by the stirrup, since the straps have a good range of adjustment.

    When it comes to actually stowing gear in to the AKB, I have to say it does all fit very nicely and neatly. For example, here's a Warrior DCS (equivalent size to a 6094, APC or LMAC) inside with the upper sections of the bag folded down for illustration.

    Next up I added in a Tac Tailor Battle Belt with HSGI Drop-leg and the Airframe.

    In future I'll be organising everything inside slightly differently so that the helmet sits better inside the top of the PC. As you can see however the bag closes up nicely (even with a bit of room to spare) when holding these 3 primary components. For those players who do frequently skirmish using a modern military type loadout using some of combination of PC/belt line/helmet, the AKB will serve you very well.

    The main zip itself is chunky and heavy duty, supplied with nice quiet paracord loops instead of noisy, rattling metal. Overall constructions quality is excellent, most importantly the stitching is top notch, all the double/triple extra reinforcements you'd expect to see. 500D cordura, webbing, edging ribbon, paracord, ITW plastic hardware; everything's to military specification.

    Whether this particular piece of gear suits you personally is something you'll have to decide, there are also some pretty good chest rigs out there for less money than this bag, no denying that. You could get a TAG Banshee for less and that's a decent bit of kit for 'softing right there. *If it does fill a gap in your existing load-carriage equipment however then you'll find the AKB will serve you very well indeed.

    Oink, Oink, Mofo.

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