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Rothco Coyote Brown Cross Draw MOLLE Tactical Vest for Law Enforcement


Ranked in the top 3 tactical vests in 2021, the Rothco’s Tactical Cross Draw Vest is constructed with a heavyweight polyester for durability, polyester mesh for breathability, and adjustable hook and loop shoulder and side straps for comfort. Whether you are law enforcement, military, or an avid outdoorsman, the Rothco Tactical Cross Draw Vest will lighten your load and more evenly distribute the weight to increase health, range of motion, and ergonomics. This vest includes 3 rifle magazine pouches and 4 pistol magazine pouches which provides ample rounds at your ready. The adjustable pistol holder and belt, which is designed to fit most medium to full size frame handguns, is strategically placed on the left side for an effective right handed draw and can be removed if desired. With additional M.O.L.L.E. attachment fields, 2 D-rings, 2 inside zip-up document pouches, a large shell pocket on the right side, and a bladder hydration pouch on the back, there will be no shortage of space to carry the rest of your gear. For a rugged and reliable vest that has you prepared, make the Rothco Tactical Cross Draw Vest your best choice.


  • Color: Coyote Brown
  • Material Specs: 1000 Denier Cordura Nylon, 100% Polyester
  • Brand: Rothco
  • Closures And Fasteners: Hook and Loop, Zipper
  • Pockets: 9
  • Size: Regular (S to XL – 24″ Tall x 18″ Wide) and Large (2XL to 3XL – 28″ Tall x 20″ Wide)
  • Weather: All Weather
  • Certification: ISO Certified (International Organization of Standardization – certifies that a management system, manufacturing process, service, or documentation procedure has all the requirements for standardization and quality assurance.
  • Shipping Dimensions: 20″x13″x3″ (3.7lbs to 4.4lbs)


Rothco Coyote Brown Cross Draw Molle Tactical Vest

What is Molle?

Molle (pronounced like the name “Molly”) became widely use in the early 2000’s, intended to replace the ALICE (All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment) which was used since the Vietnam conflict. Molle stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment and was derived from the use of PALS (Pouch Attachment Ladder System) webbing, which is heavy duty nylon strips stitched onto tactical vests, backpacks, and other gear, to allow various Molle compatible pouches, pockets, or holsters to be easily secured to your tactical gear. 

Though patented in 1996, by the US Army, early Molle designs were not widely accepted due to the lack of durability and a ball and socket design in the frame and rucksack belt causing numerous lower back injuries. These issues were resolved in future designs and Molle has become the standard issue for all military personnel backpacks and gear since the beginning of the 2001 Afghanistan/Iraq conflict.

Molle Outside the Military

The Molle system in now being widely used by other industries, more suited for the everyday person.

Hunting – Whether hunting elk or waterfowl, your hunting needs are ever changing and the Molle integrated vest, for example, allows hunters to easily interchange pockets, pouches, or holsters, depending on their hunting needs that season, without buying a whole new vest.

Backpacking – If you’ve ever backpacked with gear that doesn’t fit right or with loose items swinging off your backpack, it is no surprise the benefits of Molle into backpacks. Additionally, whether you’re going on a day hike or spending a week in the backcountry, Molle allows a single pack to be modified for your specific backpacking needs.

Medical Field Staff –  Depending on each situation, EMT’s and medical field staff need to be prepared for a wide range or situations. Thanks to the Molle system, medical field staff and EMT’s can pre-fill pouches that can easily and quickly be secured to their packs as needed.

Tools compatible – Molle has become so popular, that even tools, such as knives, multitools, scissors, and other items have been strategically designed to easily attach to backpacks or vests.

Tactical Vest Durability and Makeup

Tactical vests are typically constructed out of polyester which is noted to be more durable that other material. The weight of polyester (and other fabric) is measured by the “Denier” which is a unit of measures based on the length and weight of a yarn or fiber. Standard fabric ranges from 40D-80D so the Rothco Cross Draw Tactical Vest at 1000D for example, is definitely suited for high durability. Tactical vests also usually include nylon mesh on various areas. The nylon mesh allows for a higher strength to weight ratio, does not absorb water, and provides breathability to the user for a more comfortable mission.

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs

Regular, 2XL/3XL