The 3 Most Recommended Tourniquet Holders

Buried at the bottom of a first aid kit or “in the car” are both places you do not want your tourniquet when it’s needed. Tourniquet holders are simple, but they are almost as important as the tourniquet itself.

A tourniquet needs to be accessible and readily available for one-handed deployment in under a minute, 30 seconds if possible. Luckily, there are some great options for attaching the tourniquet anywhere you’d like.

CAT Tourniquet Holder

CAT tourniquet holders come as either a soft or a hard case. Both holders work great with the CAT tourniquet, and they attach to belts or MOLLE straps in vertical, horizontal, or inverted positions. There are some key points to consider when deciding which to purchase.

Hard Case Tourniquet Holder

Pros:

  • Rugged
  • Gets the job done
  • Adjustable attachment for any size strap or belt

Cons:

  • Bulkier than soft case
  • More expensive than soft case
  • Does not fit horizontally on belt

Details:

  • Fits up to a 2.25” wide belt
  • Tourniquet stays in holder by friction

Notes:

  • The tourniquet fits in a bit tight, but comes out easily and with one hand.
  • This will not fit a SOFT T Wide tourniquet

Soft Case Tourniquet Holder

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Gets the job done
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Straps only accommodate 1.5” wide belt
  • Some complaints that the pouch was cockeyed

Details:

  • 3.5” MOLLE strap with snap in buckle (vertical)
  • Two belt loops accommodate 1.5” wide belt (horizontal)
  • Velcro top strap for tourniquet access
  • A “TQ” patch identifies it as a tourniquet holder.

Notes:

  • The tourniquet fits in a bit tight, but comes out easily and with one hand.
  • The SOFT T tourniquet will fit snugly, but it has some problems because of the screw.

SOFT T Wide Tourniquet Holder

This hard case is the same as the CAT hard case tourniquet holder, but it is wider to accommodate the SOFT T wide tourniquet.

Hard Case Tourniquet Holder

Pros:

  • Rugged
  • Gets the job done
  • Adjustable attachment for any size strap or belt

Cons:

  • Bulkier than soft case
  • More expensive than soft case
  • Does not fit horizontally on belt

Details:

  • Fits up to a 2.25” wide belt
  • Tourniquet stays in holder by friction

Notes:

  • The tourniquet fits in a bit tight, but comes out easily and with one hand.
  • This will fit a CAT tourniquet, but the wider holder might cause the CAT to fall out more easily.

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About Peter Oldani - Author of Inside First Aid

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Peter Oldani graduated college with a B.S. in biomedical engineering, worked as an EMT to gain hands on experience in emergency medicine and completed active shooter training as part of New York State’s initiative to prepare civilian organizations for disaster response.