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Rothco MOLLE Compatible Water Bottle Pouch

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: Rothco MOLLE Compatible Water Bottle Pouch pack pocket

Rothco Water Bottle Molle Caddy: insulated, many camo options, many water bottles fit, extra storage.


  • Many camo options
  • MOLLE compatible
  • Extra storage pouch and two D rings
  • Most water bottles fit
  • Insulated (needs more padding for below freezing temps)
  • Inexpensive, half the cost of others
  • Thru hole on top for straw (not for winter use)
  • Drainage hole on bottom


  • Nylon straps at the end of MOLLE with snaps
  • Zippers need bigger pulls for use with mittens


Black Tactical Rothco Water Bottle Molle Caddy

Many camo colors and many water bottle types fit this pouch.


Desert Tan (see all the MOLLE straps?) You can fit a straw through the top to your hydration system.

Black Tactical Rothco Water Bottle Molle Pouch attached to a tactical black Modern Warrior 18.5" Tactical Military Style Backpack

How does it work?

Attach this Rothco Water Bottle Pouch to your waist belt.

Not Well Known

Over the last 10 years, everyone on the trails that that sees my Rothco water bottle pouch asks about it (and usually gets one). It's really not well known. I am amazed that I am the first reviewer on Trailspace for this pouch. It's not sold in outdoor or sports stores (WEB: Amazon, eBay, etc.).

Many uses:

  • works as part of your bug out pack
  • works as part of your daypack
  • works as part of your winter camping pack

My experience with this pouch:

  • I have used this pouch for 10 years.

Works in conjunction with my 32 oz Wide Mouth Green "Glow In The Dark" Nalgene water bottle and Modern Warrior 18.5" Tactical Military Style Backpack. See the picture.

I really like the large compartment on the front of the pouch. Two D rings for a sling are nice. It even has MOLLE straps for adding stuff like a multitool, or MOLLE clips for attaching small items, a cell phone pouch for example.

Weak points are the nylon straps at the end of MOLLE with snaps. Easily reinforced / fixed with a sewing awl.

Ease of Use

For winter camping, I use an Outdoor Research Water Bottle Parka (32 fl. oz.) stored in my pack with a Nalgene 32 ounce "glow in the dark" water bottle tightly sealed and placed upside down in the Outdoor Research Water Bottle Parka. Wide mouth bottles are better for winter use since you can break through any ice layer that forms and the larger top allows more opening force.

Winter Use

I added some thin pink bubble wrap with some duct tape (or simply cut out some of the inside foam from shipping mail pouches) to the inside of this water bottle pouch for added extra insulation.

Zipper Pulls

The zipper pulls that come with this pouch are small and hard to open with mittens on, but you can easily replace them with some black paracord as needed.

Other Uses

One woman wrote that she uses this particular pouch to carry baby bottles! Great idea!

Survivalists & Beginning Preppers — Add an emergency kit in a bottle

Rothco has an emergency kit that includes a lot of survival items packed inside of a 32-oz water bottle that fits in this pouch. This "bottled" survival kit features all the essential equipment including a BPA-free water bottle, whistle, flint, emergency mirror, LED light, emergency poncho, multitool, sewing kit, paracord, adhesive bandages, and compression towel. All you need to add is a water filter.


For only $15 to $18 USD (Oct. 2016), this MOLLE water bottle pouch provides a convenient and inexpensive insulated water bottle solution. I recommend it.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $17.95 & free S&H

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Price MSRP: $22.99
Reviewers Paid: $17.95
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