Debuted earlier this year at SHOTShow, 5.11 Tactical’s HEXGRID system is getting closer to production. Spotted at Modern Day Marine by SoldierSystems, the pre-production armor carrier is shaping up into production-ready format.
The HEXGRID is a new molle-compatible attachment system that gives the user the option to cant their pouches instead of using the traditionally vertical-only attachment path. The HEXGRID gives the option of six orientations, assuming one counts down as an option. The canted options are 120 degrees cant (or 60 degrees from vertical), which will be highly useful for ergonomic draws of items such as handguns, grenades, etc.
The carrier itself looks to be two layers. The outside carrier itself is a Helium-Whisper style thin webbing holding a sheathed armor plate. The plate itself is contained within a traditional cordura material, adding in loop attachment across the top of the plate bag.
The carrier is designed to be fully expandable to accommodate any plate size through the strategic application of hook and loop and straps. The pre-production unit shown is clearly marked “Made in the USA”, which is nice considering 5.11 off-shores a fair amount of their production.
No word yet on when HEXGRID will be ready for prime-time, but if its being shown at a tradeshow, its likely the system will be public within a few months.
Check out additional details from Solider Systems, including additional photos.