Today saw the arrival of Velocity Systems’ Helium Whisper Micro Diddie Pouch, so this will be a sterile review – more of a walk through of the feature set and to capture my reasons for buying, plus initial thoughts.
I ordered the pouch direct from Velocity Systems and opted for UPS shipping. The experience was fast and efficient, even in the current circumstances.
The Diddie Pouch
Despite my intention to reindex mags on the go, I chose this diddie/dump pouch as an emergency bolt hole for spent mags. It’s not hugely voluminous at 8.75″ x 9.5″ for the bag itself.
That’s intentional, because:
- I don’t intend that all my mags will go in there
- If a few mags are in there, it’s not as much of a giant additional bollock as something containing eight mags
Aside from its salubrious size, the pouch initially piqued my attention in requiring just one PALS column to secure it to a platform.
My previous dumper (a WAS Slimline one, which in fairness I have a habit of going back to) also requires one PALS column and it fits nicely with the rest of the items on my Crye AirLite Convertible Chest Rig (initial review here and longer term review here).
Was there anything that made me err about buying the Velocity Systems product? Yes, actually. I thought it could be too similar to BFG’s Ten Speed Ultralite Dump Pouch, which I never got on with. However, while being conceptually similar, Velocity Systems uses a smaller bag which is made of stiffer nylon than BFG’s.
This makes all the difference, but “iT’s LiKe tHe bFG” is absolutely the knee jerk response. It was mine before I figured out the differences and thought it was worth a go. After all, the Velocity Systems and BFG versions both store in the same way – their bags tucking up into an elasticated section.
To deploy the bag from stowed position, the user simply tugs the webbing pull tab.
The mouth of the bag is elasticated with shock cord and the shock cord is secured with a cord loc. This is useful to give the dumper a lobster pot shape and it’s still pretty easy to place mags inside, to a point.
To use the bag’s full capacity the user can keep the mouth open wide. The bag comfortably takes five mags when placed carefully. With the mouth closed to fist size, I can get about three mags in without much care at all – perfect for my needs from an emergency receptacle.
As the name suggests, the pouch uses a BFG Helium Whisper backer and anyone who’s used the stuff before knows it’s easy to weave and secure – the PALS strap ending in a tuck tab which secures with velcro.
The quality, as you’d expect from Velocity Systems, is great – with straight, even stitching and copious bar tacks.
One thing I didn’t know before the Diddie Pouch arrived is that the design appears to have changed. The example depicted on Velocity Systems’ site has the bag and pull tab central to the elastic portion. My example – and those I’ve found online – feature an offset bag and tab, which is actually very useful ergonomically when the pouch is worn on my left side.