Intended to support a given range or battle belt setup, the new Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) Pouch (Gen 2) by T3 Gear is designed to provide the end-user with a rapidly deployable dump pouch to deposit non-essential items like expended or spare magazines, sensitive items, or other accessories.
Made from a combination of 500D Cordura, mesh nylon, and a supportive, semi-rigid High-density polyethylene (HDPE) panel, the SSE Pouch measures 3.5” (L) x 5” (H) x 1.5” (W) when rolled up and stowed inside the pouch. When deployed, the overall storage pouch has a storage capacity of 380 in3 and measures 7” (L) x 11” (H) x 5” (W).
When deployed, the opening of the SSE Pouch features a draw-string style enclosure that allows the opening to be customized based on contents, but prevents those items from accidently escaping. The bottom of the storage pouch has a nylon mesh for drainage purposes.
The rear uses two bands of T3’s MOLLE closure system that accommodates 1.75” – 2” wide gun belts and ensures the pouch will remain attached to the belt regardless of the situation.
When stowed, a pass-through rapid deployment tab is secured to the outward-facing exterior via hook-and-loop that provides the ability to pull open the pouch, and deploy the internal storage pouch.
- Stowed Size: 3.5” (L) x 5” (H) x 1.5” (W)
- Deployed Size: 7” (L) x 11” (H) x 5” (W)
The Sensitive Site Exploitation Pouch (Gen 2) is available in Multicam (featured), Black, Coyote Brown, and Ranger Green.
Product Evaluation Scores:
- Cost – Average (3/5): At $59.99 the Sensitive Site Exploitation Pouch is made from dominantly from 500D Cordura material that forms the outer pouch, and its unique collapsible storage bag. Other dump-pouch market alternatives typically are open-mouth designs that are seldom collapsible into a small profile—resembling a sandwich bag worn on the hip. When not in use, the SSE Pouch stored away cleanly and appeared simply as another pouch on the beltline. Some comparable dump pouches to this size and collapsible design include the Fight Light Roll-Up Dump Pouch ($28.50) by Tactical Tailor, the SSE Pouch ($49) by First Spear, or the Cordura Dump Pouch ($65.00) by Flatline Fiber Co. Thus, while the cost for the SSE Pouch is more than other market alternatives, the outer pouch design and use of HDPE reinforcement to the storage pouch accounts for an appropriate (or average) price and the difference.
- Comfort – Average (3/5): The outer 500D nylon material, and that of the storage bag while collapsed and inside, was soft and pliable enough to be placed by the end-user in the back of the belt, yet was not uncomfortable against the back when sitting in a car or chair. The drawstring style opening and HDPE support panel was not of sizable bulk when deployed to poke or press against the back or legs uncomfortably, but when driving magazines into the dump pouch gave it an appropriate (or average) frame/opening in which to drive/drop an item, such as magazines—although occasionally this opening was difficult to find when the pouch would collapse slightly. The dual zipper shuttles moved using the pull tabs easily and smoothly, not binding around the corners. But when utilizing the rapid deployment tab some difficulty in getting the zippers to move around the corners was observed—as the shuttles were being pushed aside vice pulled directly.
- Durability – Average (3/5): Made dominantly from 500D Cordura nylon, the fabric of the SSE pouch is a market staple and appropriate (or average) for the type of product. The SSE Pouch had a good level of durability despite when being loaded with eight magazines (and room for several more), keys, or loose ammunition and used on a belt that was worn during shooting and stressor drills (sprints, turning drills). Through it all, none of the contents were lost and the cinch closure itself held up well. The pouch also had likely TEX 70 bonded nylon thread (a threaded weight common in upholstery, leatherwork, and other heavy fabrics) throughout which aided in maintaining its stress points and is frequently used for tactical gear for its superior chemical and mildew resistance. Despite the rapid deployment tab unable to push aside the zippers, forceful pulling on the tab did not tear the fabric or adjoining threading, and the tab remained intact.
- Functionality – Average (3/5): Because of its size when deployed, the SSE Pouch accommodated roughly eight 30-round rifle magazines and still had room for 1-2 more or smaller, loose items. The cinch style opening was unique in that items were easily pressed through, but the opening was then tightened so the contents wouldn’t fall out against the enclosed material. The added elastic band inside the dump pouch had the added benefit of always keeping one loaded magazine readily within reach and added to the magazine count worn on the belt line. The mesh bottom helped to ensure debris picked up from mags on the ground would fall through and not continue to remain in the pouch. When not deployed, the SSE Pouch was rolled up and compactly secured inside the belt pouch and had no inadvertent opening. Functionally, the biggest challenge was reliable deployment of the storage pouch using the provided rapid deployment strap as continually pulling on it could not push the dual zipper shuttles around the pouch’s corners sufficiently to clear the pouch and pull it out/down. This was easily overcome by simply utilizing the zipper’s pull tabs, but then there is no way to remove or stow the rapid deployment tab inside the pouch to keep the zipper line clear. T3 may want to consider either giving the pouch a more arched design and eliminate those zipper corners, or remove the rapid deployment tab all together.
- Weight – Average (3/5): Weighing in at 4.6 ounces, (empty) the lightweight 500D Cordura fabric and mesh bottom demonstrated the typical benefits of the material. It was light enough not to add significant weight to the belt or unbalance it when empty, nor sag when deployed and filled. In comparison, the Fight Light Roll-Up Dump Pouch (4.7 ounces) by Tactical Tailor, the SSE Pouch (2.56 ounces) by First Spear, or the Cordura Dump Pouch (4.0 ounces) by Flatline Fiber Co. So weight of Blue Force Gear’s Medium Dump Pouch is appropriately (or of average) comparable to some of the lighter dump pouches on the market.
Overall Rating – Average (15/25)
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