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Admin Pouch Death Match: Tactical Tailor Admin Pouch Enhanced Review

The winner of our Admin Pouch Death Match for 2013 is the Tactical Tailor Admin Pouch Enhanced.  Tactical Tailor is a very popular brand with soldiers because their gear is rugged, affordable and designed with the operator in mind.  So what makes this pouch the last one standing?   Read on. 

Tactical Tailor Admin Pouch Enhanced - Fully Loaded

Tactical Tailor Admin Pouch Enhanced – Fully Loaded

BUILD QUALITY:

8/10

The pouch that I received from Tactical Tailor was more like what I’ve come to expect from the brand.  Yes, the morale patch hook and loop panel was still sewn on crooked.  Am the only one who notices these things?   But, the rest of the stitching was straight and the overall finish was better than the MSM Stealth Pouch we reviewed earlier (also a Tactical Tailor build).  

The outside of the pouch is non-coated 1000D Condura nylon and the inside of the pouch is also fully lined with nylon fabric, which gives it a more finished look and helps with sliding items in and out of the pockets.  The zippers are YKK and the pulls are real 550 paracord.  Everything is made in the USA.  Overall, the quality was very good – especially for the price point. 

DESIGN:

9/10

The Admin Enhanced is similar to the TAD OP1 in the simplicity of it’s design.  Like the OP1, one zipper accesses the main compartment.  It’s not silent because Tactical Tailor opts to include the metal pulls in addition to the paracord but removing them would be a simple mod.  Unlike the TAD pouch, the zipper does not catch on the corners because Tactical Tailor went with a more rounded shape.  

The pouch’s storage is split between two facing panels that have slip pockets and elastic loops of various sizes.  One superior aspect to this design is the elastic loops are arranged vertically on one side and horizontally on the other.  This has two benefits:  1) you have less metal grinding on metal when the pouch is closed, and 2) you don’t have to stagger anything for fear of adding bulk to the overall package.  

The pouch can lay out completely flat when open offering unfettered access (pictured above).  However, the Admin Enhanced includes a paracord retention system that can be adjusted to control how far the bottom panel opens when unzipped.  The result forms a shelf which can prevent the pouch from restricting access to something underneath it and allows the user better visibility of the contents (especially if mounted to a plate carrier).  It really works well.  And the retention system is user serviceable – if the paracord wears out then the user can just replace it.  

Aesthetics wise, the design isn’t as clean as other pouches we’ve evaluated, but the horizontal layout allows the Admin Enhanced to be mounted onto panels with fewer rows of PALS webbing and where more squarish shaped pouches might not fit.  It’s also very thin and holds it’s shape very well not adding a lot of bulk to whatever it’s attached to.

 The back panel has a 4X4 PALS arrangement, with the outer rows being slightly wider.  The pouch includes two color matched Tactical Tailor malice clips for mounting.  There are also two elastic loops on the bottom that can be used to attach something to the underside of the pouch. 

DIMENSIONS:

9/10

At 5.0″ H x 8.0″ W x 2.0″ D, the Admin Enhanced is the smallest pouch in the evaluation in terms of capacity.  It forces you to just carry the essentials and keeps things very compact as a result.  If you need a ton of storage, this is probably not the pouch for you.

On the positive side, as I mentioned, the pouch can fit where others can’t and it still holds a decent amount for it’s size.  In our opinion, the trade-off is worth it and it’s great to have an option like the Admin Enhanced when space is at a premium.     

ORGANIZATION:

9/10

The top panel of the main compartment has four 2″ elastic loops and two slip pockets.  The slip pockets fit my Leatherman Bit Kit and compass perfectly.  The elastic material used for the loops was thick enough to hold up against the tight pocket clip of my Zero Tolerance 0350 folder (which has a tendency to eventually shred anything it comes up against). They also provided decent retention for the smaller items.

The loops on the opposite panel seem tailor made (no pun intended) for pens, but I was able to fit smaller items like my smaller Coast flashlight and Exotac firestarter.  The larger single slip pocket behind them held my Rite in the Rain Memo Book perfectly. 

Another advantage to the paracord retention system is that you can attach other items to it – like the Tom Bihn card holder pictured below.  It can also be used to lash smaller items to the inside of the pouch so they don’t fall out and get lost.   

Overall, the design is straight forward, allows for easy access to all the contents and effectively optimizes all the available space.  Outstanding.   

COST AND AVAILABILITY:

8/10

At $45.00 retail, the Tactical Tailor Admin Pouch Enhanced isn’t the cheapest or most expensive pouch in the test.  It falls squarely in the middle.  Availability is good.  The pouch is sold on Tactical Tailor’s website but also available at distributors that sell other Tactical Tailor products.  Some of the colors can go in and out of stock but usually they are available – somewhere.  

OVERALL SCORE:

43/50

The Tactical Tailor Admin Pouch Enhanced is the best overall admin pouch among the products we tested due to it’s unique features, compact size, moderate price, and rugged build quality.  Of all the pouches in the test, this is the one I keep coming back to and the one I will keep among the pouches tested.  If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend picking one up.  The Admin Enhanced is available here and from other online retailers. 

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18 Responses so far.

  1. Jason says:

    Please consider enabling RSS support. I like the blog but I prefer using RSS to keep track of blog updates. Thanks!

    • Blaine B. says:

      I thought it was. Anyway, no problem. I’ll look into it and let you know once it’s enabled and tested.

    • Blaine B. says:

      Jason. at the bottom of the page there are social links. Try clicking on the RSS icon (Subscribe to Our Blog) and let me know if that works for you. Thanks.

  2. Blaine B. says:

    It was pointed out on EDC Forums that the Tactical Tailor Admin Pouch Enhanced comes with a clear map pocket. That is true and it is included in the price. I rarely use them and they tend to eat up space when attached so I normally remove them. But, I should have mentioned that in the review. My apologies to everyone!

  3. Art says:

    Blaine – are you from the future? My clock showing 7:45am March 23rd Eastern time, but your post above showing 11:39 am post.. If you are – can I get tonite’s powerball numbers please?

    • Blaine B. says:

      Yes I am. In fact I knew you were going to post that. 😉 Wow, didn’t notice that the time stamping on the blog was hosed. Thanks for the heads up!! My work here is never done…

  4. Dan says:

    This is probably what I will be getting for the GR1. Have you seen the MSM Stealth Utility/Admin Pouch. It has caught my eye but I havn’t found a review of it anywhere.

  5. Art says:

    TT is having 35% off entire site.. May 1-7

  6. A Different Dan says:

    Great review. Which Rite in the Rain memo book is that (for sizing)?

  7. A Different Dan says:

    Thanks. The book is 3 1/2 in x 5 in and the pouch is 5 x 8. How big is the pocket holding the book? Will it fit something 4.5 in X 6.5 in (an eReader)?

  8. Rolo says:

    Cool! Thanks for your review. I wanted a quality pouch that wasn’t too bulky, since it’s going to be attached to the front of my TAC vest (police duty). I just ordered one.

    Cheers,
    Rolo

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