GREYMAN TACTICAL RIP-(M) - X4 GORUCK Mount Options.


WHAT IS A RIP-(M)? Acronym for Rigid Insert Panel (MOLLE) so that’s what it is. A MOLLE / PALS panel that can be inserted into any bag giving the interior a MOLLE organisation capacity.

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They come in most of the popular bag sizes ie 511Tactical, GORUCK, Recycle Fire Fighter etc and can also be slid into cross body bags such as a currier satchel. I’ve even used one in a fishing bag, worked great. In this case the panel is laser cut from high strength, very stiff polyethylene.   I like this a lot as it gives my GORUCK the organisation I want but it’s also slick and clean in my bag and only 0.188" think so takes up next to no room. The best feature for me is that it’s most defiantly rigid! making it easy to open pouches or grab and pull out gear, as one can pull against the panel especially if it’s also strapped / anchored to your bag.


WHY DO WE NEED A MOLLE PANEL IN A GORUCK?
Some rucksacks don’t have interior MOLLE so it’s easy to see how a RIP-(M) could be necessary there but the GORUCK, My EDC bag of choice has an integrated, sewn-in MOLLE field?


For me the problem is that this MOLLE field is none standard NATO pattern ie 200” instead of 1.50” wide columns, this means that in my experience, some pouches won’t fit or they do but off centre, meaning that there isn’t enough room left for the other pouches I’d like to include. The second issue is that the GORUCK MOLLE field doesn’t fill the whole bag. In the case of my GR1 21L that’s 6 columns X3 rows basically the bottom half the bag is void of MOLLE!



GORUCK A PERFECT DESIGN
It has to be said that the GORUCK GR1 rucksack wasn’t designed for use as an EDC MULE. It’s really for use in GORUCK, RUCKING events, where strength durability and comfort in the face of carrying “STEEL PLATES” is paramount. In the case of its intended use, the GORUCK is a perfect design.

X4 GORUCK MOUNT OPTIONS FOR YOUR RIP-(M)

1. GIMLOCs
This is the easiest method to use.
Pros - Quick release, so easy to un-clip and remove your panel.
Cons - Not strapped in firmly and can damage you your panel and Greyman decal and despite the quick release aspect of the GIMLOCs it is awkward to remove and replace your panel but damage is minimal and it can be removed with a couple of clicks.


2. STRAPS & 1X1 STERNUM BUCKLES
Pros - Holds the panel nice and firmly, easy to loosen up if you want to put files or a laptop case behind it.
Cons - You need to get hold of two 1x1” sternum strap buckles and modify as you see. The reason for these is that it aligns the GORUCK MOLLE with panel MOLLE you can then use utility straps to cinch your panel to your GORUCK. It’s not quick release, you have to un-strap.


3. SIDE RELEASE / QUICK RELEASE
This method is best used on the two middle MOLLE as these line-up with the Panel. You can also use the 1x1” sternum buckles as per above, as an option if you wish.
You will need X2 Sidekick buckles. The type that are adjustable on both male and female sides (central adjusting) are best. This is my favourite method so-far, as the quick release works well and the straps can be adjusted so you can slip your laptop etc behind.




4. SHOCK-CORD
This is a new method, I’ve been using it for 2 mouths and have forgotten all about it, which means it works. This uses x2 lengths of shock cord 8” long which are threaded through your panel, down through the MOLLE, then back to the panel. Really simple and only requires some shock cord and x2 cord locks. All easy to get.
Pros - As the shock cord is toward the sides of your panel a laptop or smaller gear can be slid between the shock cord and behind the panel. As it’s shock cord you may be able to do this with any adjustment and if so need to adjustments is easy and accessible via the cord locks.
Cons - Slightly awkward to remove and re-fit and way to easy to loose the cord locks unless you tether them.




WHY DO WE NEED TO MOUNT A GREYMAN TACTICAL RIDGED INSERT AT ALL?

You do, you don’t, it’s up to you.

As I said earlier, if it’s mounted or anchored it makes it much easy to pull your gear out, especially if you’re using shock-cord as a mounting systems. I’m a big advocate of the grab-go-run-for-the-train scenario and because all is strapped down and strapped in, you aren’t going to lose anything. This is a big factor if you live in a wildfire, earth quake kind of area, where you might be running for your life, much less the train.


So there we have it, if you want to mount your Greyman Tactical RIP-(M) there’s x4 options for you to try.

Have fun and do let me know how you get on.

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GEAR LIST:

• GREYMAN TACTICAL - (RIP-M)
• GORUCK GR1 Rucksack

• MAXPEDITION (CAP)
• PELICAN 1020 MICRO CASE
• TRIPLE AUGHT DESIGN S2 POUCH
• VANQUEST PPM HUSKY
• VANQUEST HYDRA BOTTLE POUCH
• MAXPEDITION PHP POUCH
• VANQUEST GRIMLOCS

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Comments

  1. Great article! What size shock cord are you using? I went shopping and there are a handful of sizes. 1/4 inch, 1/8 inch, etc. I'm using Grimlocs to connect a Greyman panel to my GR2 but I'd like to try shock cord.

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  2. The shock cord method is a winner. It holds the panel securely and allows easy top access to the pocket behind the panel. I tried 1/4 and 1/8 shock cord. Both work but the 1/8 is easier to work with and more than strong enough.

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  3. Hi Frampton

    Yes I'm with you, since I wrote this post I've really got into using shock cord for attaching pouches and other gear to my RMP, rather than using MOLLE straps.

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