There's been some debate on here about the carriage of MOLLE pouches and kit on the front of Osprey. I spoke to a friend at Selly Oak who echoed many of the opinions on here - facial injuries, even with eye wear are serious and often associated with the soldier's own equipment. If you can operate effectively without stuff on the front of your Osprey, all the better. Yet the black bag comes with a load of MOLLE pouches, Osprey is loaded with PALS ladders but the back of it is too high to reach in to a pouch unless you have very long and rubbery arms. Vanguard (owned by ARRSEr In-the-Van) produce a well priced piece of equipment that goes some way to addressing this - the Battle Belt, or All Arms Modular Belt Rig to give it it's full title. It is a MOLLE webbing belt with a yoke that moves buckles away from the shoulders down to the level of the belt. I've written an article on this subject with some of the pros and cons of the Battle Belt. I would really appreciate input, particularly from those who've been worrying about this issue for their own safety and anyone that has tried the battle belt. I'd also be interested in the latest unit SOPs on the use of the black bag pouches. -> This Tribe article on MOLLE pouch position / facial injuries / Battle Belt [honest]Unlike my recent Gore-Tex article there is a commercial interest behind this one - we do actually sell Vanguard AAMBR belts and yokes and I would like to tout a less product specific version of the article to other serious military websites for marketing.[/honest] Osprey worn with AAMBR and some slightly random pouches attached as illustration.