When T.Rex Arms announced that they’d be producing a dump pouch, I was curious why they’d be spending time or money developing and making such a relatively simple bit of kit… After all, what can they do that hasn’t been done before?
Dump pouches are an oft-debated topic… With shooters from all worlds either professing their love or hate for the humble dump pouch. From airsofters to tier one special forces units, everyone has their own opinion. Some people love ’em, others just don’t see the need in a bulky flapping pouch that takes up room, adds the potential to cram unwanted weight onto your belt line and doesn’t even have a specific role.
No matter which side you fall on the argument, it’s likely you’ve tried dump pouches before and in most cases found that despite their range of benefits, they have certain little niggles that put you off them completely or at least wish those niggles could be fixed.
T.Rex Arms reckon they’ve fixed those issues, let’s see what they’ve done.
It’s taken a while for me to get around to buying one, mostly because I think £50 for a dump pouch is rather expensive. In addition I’d been hesitant to buy one because I wasn’t even sure that I wanted another dump pouch, after trying and not getting on with both the Warrior and High Speed Gear International Net Dump Pouches a while back I was certain there was no going back.
I’d read The Reptile House’s review (Click Here) eagerly when it initially came out and although it answered most of my questions, You never truly know if a bit of kit is right for you until you’ve run around with it for a while yourself.
Finally my defences dropped enough for me to add one to my cart, mainly because I’ve found that running around with GBBR mags means a dump pouch is a far better option than dropping the mags into my pants pocket or re-indexing directly into my rig. Despite the issues I’ve encountered with dump pouches in the past, I felt I needed to go back to having this unwanted but necessary addition. Plus, I was hoping those troublesome days were long gone with the visionary design of this particular item.
So once it arrived, I had mixed feelings. I liked the overall design of the pouch itself… But I wasn’t sold on the Velcro attachment system although it’d usually be my preference for belt attachment, it felt clumsy and I couldn’t for the life of me work out how to fit it onto my FRV Tailoring shooters belt.
The pouch overall is relatively small when compared to the previous dump pouches I’ve owned, those others being a wider and taller high capacity “roll up” type whereas the T.Rex Arms design being compact enough to remain deployed and ready for you to use (although you can roll it up if you absolutely must). The pictures you’ll see below don’t really do it justice but it’s incredibly petite compared to some of the other pouches on the market.
I actually like the size of the T.Rex Arms Dump Pouch, I wanted to avoid buying another large dump pouch as all that tends to happen is the adding of inessential gear (and it’s associated bulk and weight) onto your belt line.
I primarily use a dump pouch to quickly square away a few half-spent or empty mags, whilst needing to get my replica back on target as quickly as possible. I use very little ammo in general, I choose my shots carefully and rarely expend more than a mag or two before I end up back at my day sack or the safe zone (maybe I just get hit too quickly 🤷🏻♂️). When I’ve got time I’ll try my best to either put empty mags in a secure position or re-index partial mags back into their respective pouches.
The T.Rex Arms dump pouch is made from 500d cordura with mine being in Ranger Green, although a modest range of colours from black and grey to Multicam and tan are available. The material itself is a good match for other Ranger Green items, such as those I have from Haley Strategic, Ferro Concepts and Spiritus Systems.
I will point out that some parts of the pouch (such as the flap and Velcro) are not colour matched…
Some people might not like this but it’s important to understand that invariably you’ll have black parts on this pouch no matter the main colour as that appears to be the way they’ve chosen to make it.
Those who have chosen Ranger Green tactical gear for a while though will know that Black is often used as a substitute when the material isn’t made in RG or the cost is too high (such as on Crye’s JPC).
With so many things I like about the Dump Pouch, I’d like to get the few small negatives (or things I’m not 100% happy with) out of the way…
Firstly, Price… £50 for a dump pouch is a fairly hefty thump in the wallet for the average working man, even when you consider that R&D alongside use exclusive use of certain high quality or specific colour materials isn’t ever going to be cheap.
I know that the clone market will be quick to exploit this higher price by releasing lower cost alternatives, there’s also the other end of the market to consider with small custom gear manufacturers being able to build a near identical pouch as a one off item for pretty much the same price.
Although tactical gear in general is relatively high in price and dump pouches in particular often cost around the £50 mark anyway so maybe moaning about a pouch costing the same as its competitors is a bit of a moot point. As with all things Airsoft though, good marketing plays an important role.
I’ve often chosen genuine over clone items in part because I’m going for a specific look or function, that’s above and beyond the often (but not always) disparity of quality between real and repro gear.
So let’s assume that you’re willing to spend £50 on a dump pouch, what else should you know and what makes this different from the others on the market?
Well… The belt attachment system is unusual, it’s 4″ wide and made from hook and loop backed black webbing material. Designed to be workable with practically any belt, from a leather belt being worn on a pair of skinny jeans to a full-blown padded first line set up on a door-kicker in Afghanistan, there’s ample hook and loop to attach this pouch to virtually any belt on the market.
The potential downside of this is that there are two ways of wrapping Velcro to form a loop. Hook out or Loop out. T.Rex Arms have opted for a “hook on top” design which can present a few challenges depending on your set up.
Some companies such as LBT/LBX and Ronin Tactics use a loop inner belt with a hook outer belt (which actually would work rather well with this pouch) whereas others such as HSGI and FRV Tailoring use a hook inner belt with a loop outer. If you’ve got a belt system that uses the latter hook inner you might struggle to find a suitable way to secure your belt, certainly I’ve been a little worried that the hook could cause undue wear and chafing on anything it touches, 4 way tweave, denim or indeed… Skin.
With the few negatives out of the way, let’s consider what I do like about this pouch.
One positive about the belt attachment is that T.Rex Arms have designed the loop a lot wider than most of their competitors, The chunky 4″ wide webbing strap and loop field keeps the pouch from moving around and provides a sturdy base to prevent the pouch from collapsing in on itself and becoming hard to open.
The actual pouch itself is very well thought out, designed to accommodate up to 6/7 magazines in total, it’s easy enough to fit in 3/4 mags without having to move items around too much to find room for another mag. Any more than this and you’ll have to jostle stuff about to make it all fit securely, but it can fit a lot of stuff if you’re clever about it.
The given amount of space works well for me as I’ll look to place mags back where they belong after a shootout anyway, I don’t like the idea of all those loose items banging into each other in a single pouch.
The pouch’s profile is narrow enough that unless you have your belt set up like a 1980s Para you should find room for this slimline pouch. There are other dump pouches that fit this same profile such as Maxpedition’s Roly Poly Dump Pouch but mostly they’re a lot wider than T.Rex Arms design.
The depth of the pouch is also about right for most peoples needs, it’s deep enough to hold standard 5.56mm 30 rounders securely but not so deep that you can’t find that pistol mag, multi-tool or Grenade pin you dropped in there.
There is a hook backed webbing flap that nestles within the pouch (securely held via a loop panel internally) which can be folded over the front of the pouch and mated with the exterior loop panel on the front of the pouch to provide that little extra security, but for flat range work it’s not essential.
One of the main benefits (if not it’s sole unique selling point) is that the T.Rex Arms Dump Pouch has the ability to incorporate a leg strap to keep the bottom from flapping around, indeed the primary reason I bought this pouch was the importance of this one benefit alone… If you’ve ever been “kissed” in the nuts or hit repeatedly on the arse by a flapping dump pouch, you’ll appreciate why this was such a decider for me.
I could have stitched a couple of loops onto a cheaper dump pouch and possibly would have gotten the same end result, but I felt it was only fair to try out the pouch that introduced this potentially game changing feature.
The strap is made from a simple length of shock cord, this is attached to a specific buckle that has a round hole on both male and female fixtures to allow a cord to be woven through without excess play. The cord isn’t pre-attached, this means that the less outdoorsy amongst you will have to learn how to tie a proper knot like a Bunt-Line or Cobra Sinnet.
Whilst it’s been in use I’ve found this “strap” to work very well, the shock cord stops the pouch flapping around and keeps the bottom in place and therefore the whole pouch tends to hold its shape rather well.
I’ve so far managed to avoid catching the shock cord on anything but I know sooner or later I’m gonna get a hell of a twang. Lucas has himself said that they considered a full width strap but it simply wasn’t necessary, plus if you’re wearing a strap for your holster on the other leg you’ll probably appreciate having at least one leg for your little chap to find a safe space.
Construction is exceptionally good overall, despite (in my mind) the questionable choices for the belt loop design I’m actually more than happy overall with the design.
The OEM is apparently Coyote Tactical Solutions (Whom T.Rex Arms have supposedly worked with for the production of all their Nylon items) and I cannot fault the actual finish of the pouch, it’s exceptionally well made with the majority of seams (even internal ones) taped and finished overall to a high standard.
The pouch itself has a formed from three individual sections of fabric…
The main body is made from a single wraparound piece of fabric which has a single seam running from top to bottom on the inner left hand side.
There is a small loop panel on the front of the pouch which can be used for tacticool purposes such as anime or SEAL Team patches but primarily it’s there to provide an attachment to the cover flap. As you can see from this inside-out shot, the lack of excess material makes for some clean interior lines.
The second piece is its bottom section, an oval piece of fabric with a single drainage eyelet at the bottom.
It’s overlooked on many dump pouches but the fact that the bottom remains relatively open in its shape means that very small items such as Allan keys, pins or other small tools) don’t get lost in a fold of fabric or one of the bottom corners.
Finally, there is a partial hood which covers the outer top section of the pouch. Designed in the shape of an awning, it helps prevent items jumping out but doesn’t get in the way.
You also have the option of reaching into the pouch and pulling out the aforementioned webbing strap that sticks to the front of the pouch via its hook and loop attachment. This offers you the possibility to both secure the pouch completely but also roll it up when not in use.
Overall it’s a pretty solid pouch, whilst I have a couple of niggles with it there isn’t anything I could solely place at the pouches doorstep without looking first at my own gear bias.
If the pouch was attached through a more traditional means such as Molle/PALS attachment (specifically using WTF Straps) or with a similar Velcro attachment to that used on the HSGI I’d have probably given this an overwhelmingly positive review. But there is another side to this… Had I owned this dump pouch before the belt I used it with, it might be the belt and not the pouch bearing the brunt of my frustration.
I’ve used this Dump Pouch for several games now, both outside and within a CQB environment. It’s certainly sped up the process of getting an empty or partially spent magazine from the weapon and into a safe place for later use.
If I shot real steel as opposed to 6mm plastic, I’m not sure if I’d find the dump pouch such an essential requirement… I’d probably mag flip those bitches right out the magwell.
But at £40 for each MWS mag and a little more for the PMags I often use, it certainly pays to keep them from being thrown around.
Bottom line, can I recommend it to others? An unequivocal YES.
The T.Rex Arms Dump Pouch is the most user friendly pouch of its type that I’ve ever had the pleasure to use. It’s surpasses the designs of the others I’ve seen and quality wise it’s built like a tank.
I’ve also eventually found a way that works for me in terms of mounting it to my belt without hassle and most importantly it fits in everything that I’m ever likely to need.
You might not like the skinny dude in his painfully tight jeans but there’s certainly something to be said for his companies designs.