I am just getting ready to pack to my kit for another Op Tour to Afg. On my previous tour (H13) I took my webbing with me (a mixture of PLCE and tailored bits from Dixie's Corner). I ended up spending the first 5 months living out of a Jackal so the webbing became redunant. The times I did use it I made the mistake of overloading on ammo. I probably had enough ammo to single-handedly win the Battle of Roarkes Drift! Towards the end of the tour, I moved to NES(N) but had already backloaded my webbing to BSN. Big mistake! I was now on foot and felt vunberable with all my kit on my daysack. This time I am taking webbing using a molle belt. I knew we were going to get issued one, but didn't want to wait until after PDT to play with my kit. I purchased a molle belt from SOLO INTERNATIONAL in HEREFORD. It cost 69 quid, but gucci kit is worth it, right?* It has 3 rows of molle straps which is vital for securing longer pouches. The issue belt has two. The main problem with two rows, is that if you put a magazine pouch on (which is going to be a common setup for most!) the pouch is twice a deep as the belt, so the bottom of the pouch digs into your leg/rubs your thigh. Another reason why I will not be using the issue belt, is that the actual strips of molle are not particularly well attached (not unlike the issue pouches). The molle strips on the SOLO INTERNATIONAL belt are triple layered and are actually the same colour as the background. The SOLO INTERNATIONAL belt has two other distinct advantages. Firstly there are spaces underneath the belt where you can access the internal belt (a opposed to the hippo pad part). This allows you to attach drop leg holsters, pouches (if you really feel you want something bouncing around on your leg) or as I have down a low rider for my Israeli designed FAB holster. The second point to note is that soft inserts can be purchased to slide into the belt. I believe this are manufactured to the same spec as the Osprey Mk4 inserts. SOLO INTERNATIONAL designed the original OSPREY in MTP, the prototype is actually in there shop. It looks like a the Desert Mk3 in MTP.* Verdict For serious users I would recommend the SOLO INTERNATIONAL belt. It has advantages over many others on the market as in addition to the points mentioned above, it is IR absorbent, which makes it harder to see through early generation NVAs. If you are operating out of a vehicle, I wouldn't bother buying one. The biggest risk with the issue kit is that we have been told it will be issued in theatre, therefore serviceability/existence of said item is unknown and by the time you see it is too late to buy one!