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MOLLE and PALS: What’s the Difference?


Understanding the Correct Terminology Behind Standard Webbing Used on Backpacks and Other Gear

Survival gear is often a bit of a word salad filled with acronyms and slang. So, we like to take every opportunity we can to demystify the terminology, and clear up any misconceptions that may exist. Learning about survival skills and gear should be accessible to anyone, rather than some exclusive club where you're left out if you're unfamiliar with the lingo.


Two terms we hear used frequently in the survival and prepping world are MOLLE and PALS. Usually, you'll hear that a backpack has “PALS webbing” or that a pouch is “MOLLE compatible”. Confusingly, sometimes you'll hear just the opposite—”MOLLE” and “PALS” are often used interchangeably.

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