Triple Aught Design is no stranger to the pack and pouch market. They have been in the business for years and, until late, it has been rare to see any of their items actually in stock. The GPP1 is one of their mid-size pouches and is designed to transport small electronic devices, ammunition, batteries, and other small survival items.
I’ve been using the Triple Aught Design GPP1 for about 5 months between a number of different packs. I used it in my Litespeed during SHOT Show, my GR1 when I was re-shooting pics for an updated review, and my 2015 FAST Pack EDC when I was preparing that review. It’s definitely a unique piece of gear that’s worth checking out if you’re in the market for a pouch.
When reviewing this item I purchased two GPP1s so that I could compare and see if the quality was consistent. They were both sewn incredibly well which is something I’ve come to expect from Triple Aught Design. I was not able to find a single area on this pouch that had any quality issues.
The pouch is made from 1000 Denier Invista Cordura and feels like it will hold up incredibly well. The thread seems tough and doesn’t appear like it will pose any problems with breakage. Throughout the time I used the pouch no threads came loose or broke so we’re good there.
The pouch is designed to store small electronics and other various items. It measures 6″ wide, 2″ deep, and 3.75″ tall so it’s fairly small and compact.
The outside pouch leads to a small area that is ideal for holding memory cards or other flat objects. I’ve stored stickers and patches in there in the past to give away and that has worked great.
The main compartment opens right across the top and stops at each side. As you can see there’s a drainage hole in the bottom which is a little interesting. As something that’s designed for electronics you’d think that it would be sealed up completely.
The inside of the main compartment features two mesh pockets which each run the length of the pouch. They’re great for sliding skinny items into and keeping them separated.
The back of the pack features the the Triple Aught Design logo and the attachment points for putting it on a pack. TAD is courteous enough to sew their attachment straps in so that you don’t have to finagle with clips or other items to keep the pouches locked in. In addition the GPP1 is built in a way that you can slide your belt through it and wear it on your hip… if that’s your type of thing.
The GPP1 attaches easily to any MOLLE location that has four columns and 2 rows available. Here you can see it attached to a Control Panel 1 within a Triple Aught Design FAST Pack EDC.
As previously mentioned I usually keep some sticker + patch packs in the outside of the pouch so that I can give them away easily if anyone ever notices the logo.
When attached to the CP1 it’s easy to get into both pockets on the GPP1. When it’s put in packs where it rides closer to the top then the zip opening to the main compartment can be a little tough to get to.
Here you can see it attached in the top webbing area of the GR1. It can be a little tough to get used to accessing the pouch during this set up but it’s still useful to have.
Here’s a further back shot of the pouch in the GR1. You might notice that in the GR1 it sits taking up only 3 columns of webbing. That’s because the webbing in the GR1 is bar-tacked wider than the 1.5″ found in MOLLE.
Here’s a better shot of the underneath side when it’s attached. TAD has built a great attachment system in this which makes it incredibly easy to add and remove it.
There’s a pull-tab under each attachment point that secures the pouch in via Velcro.
Pull the tab and the attachment straps release.
Once that’s done the attachment straps are free to be threaded through the pack and the pouch will come free. One of the things that makes this pouch so usable is that it can be attached or detached in under 30 seconds easily. If you’re in a rush you can have this thing out in under ten seconds no problem.
I didn’t use the sides of the pouch for much but there is an elastic clip available on each of them. After some searching I’ve found that some people use them for chem lights or small flashlights. Seems useful but I’ve never felt the need to utilize them.
If you’re having troubles finding a use for this consider the following options:
- Memory cards
- Spare patches
- Laptop mouse
- Charger & cables
- Portable battery
Have this item and use it for something else? Leave a comment and we’ll add it to the list! You’re fellow readers will be appreciative of your contribution.
Value is a toughie with this pouch. It’s incredibly well made but it’s also priced at $39 which puts it in the pricing range of admin pouches. Most pouches I’ve purchased (even ones made in the USA) are around $20 so spending near $40 on one can be a tough pill to swallow.
That being said the quality of these are on point, even the zippers are made in the USA, and the GPP1 is definitely a pouch you won’t regret owning (assuming you have a purpose for it.) Just a side note… any company that uses USA zippers gets a gold star in my book.
This pouch is definitely an interesting piece of gear. It is not designed for anything in particular but satisfies a number of different uses. If you can see yourself needing a pouch this size then I definitely think it’s worth picking one up. One of the nice aspects of TAD items is that they generally hold their value. If you end up not needing it you can probably make your money back on the secondary market.
The attention to detail is amazing, they are made of quality materials, and they are sewn right here in the USA. The only real disadvantage to the pouch is the price.
If the Triple Aught Design GPP1 is something you’re interested in you can pick one up on the Triple Aught Design website for $39.
- Spot on sewing and stitching
- Convenient built in attachment system
- Made in the USA
- A little expensive
- Infrequent restocks
Used For: Every Day Carry (EDC)
Tested For: Five Months
Conclusion: Great high-quality pouch that’s made in the USA.
Thanks for this review! I was pleasantly surprised to find it when Googling to get a sense of what others thought of GPP1.
I do wish the interior had a zippered compartment, that would make it easier to keep smaller items without worrying about them flying around.
Begining of ’16, I plan on buying the GPP1 and 2. I just got the OP1 today. I am impressed by the craftsmanship from TAD. Plus as a bonus, TAD has a veteran’s discount, through their Active Duty Program.
Brian Lohr says
The TAD Active Duty Program is awesome. It’s good to note that their discount has, in the past at least, stacked with any sales they have had.
We have a military discount too if you never want to pick something up from our online store!
i have been close to purchasing one or two of these, but the price is what does it for me… i just cant find a reason to justify the price when i don’t have a specific purpose in mind for them.
Brian Lohr says
It’s so tough… It’s definitely worth it if you have a planned purpose for it otherwise it’s just an expensive pocket. What makes it tougher is when companies like Tactical Tailor have similar pieces for a bit less.