In today's society there is seems to be a need for medical gear at an ever-growing rate. It can be argued that our world has become more dangerous, we have become more aware of the need for medical, or just the advancements in the medical field have evolved substantially due to the GWOT (Global War on Terror). Either way I am excited because when there are advancements, there is competition to be the best. Meaning, more awesome product for us consumers.
One of my Sage Dynamics alumni contacted me about a new product he developed and wanted to see if I was interested in checking it out. Of course, I was gladly willing to check it out and give him honest feedback. Most of my alumni know that I am there for them. A couple of days later I received a package and began my review. The TC3 Card is a minimalist shaped panel that allows you to retain an entire individual trauma kit. I am a huge fan of medical kits and love simplistic designs. To say I was excited was an understatement.
The TC3 was a collaboration between CJP Custom Concealment and Ed Calderon of Ed’s Manifesto due to some needs/wants. It has a few unique features that are somewhat ingenious. The panel comes in a high visibility orange. On the top it has a very generous red pull handle that you can easily keep to the exterior of the bag to get quick access of the TC3. Just under that there are a series of holes for zip ties or rubber bands that can be used to hold a chem light, gloves, tape, a marker, decompression needle, or anything else your imagination can muster. Just under that are 2 elastic band loops that can be utilized to hold anything previously mentioned. Below that is looped shock cord that is used to retain the medical contents that you choose to attach to the TC3. On the back, there are 2 strips of hook Velcro for mating with any interior to the bags that have the loop side. At the bottom of the panel is a long 550 cord retention lanyard that anyone who has used their med kit in a stressful situation will be thankful for.
As for testing the TC3, I carried it daily for the last 6 months. One of mine stayed with my gym bag (Vertx EDC Ready) and the other went in my EDC bag (Modified GoRuck GR1). The one I carried daily ended up traveling with me to 8 different states mostly by plane. It was on multiple executive protection details, made it to a few trade shows and every course that I taught out of state. In all that time having it with me it was utilized to once to provide aid to someone in a car accident. Just like any prepared/trained person I like having equipment that I can use to help others. Some would say that it isn’t your job, but I would argue that doing something nice for someone may be passed on to you one day.
Throughout the time carrying the TC3 I didn’t find that it damaged, tore or even desterilized any of my gear. I was hesitant about having the gear exposed but the bags that I would slide it into acted as barrier protection. The other nice part about the TC3 is that it lays flat and takes up minimal space compared to bulky clamshell med pouch that we are all used to.
Although the TC3 is meant to be in bags, you could easily retrofit it to work in vehicles. For example, in the truck of a police vehicle, or velcroed to an interior door. It really has endless possibilities.
My overall impression of the TC3 is better than expected. I think it is a very versatile and ingenious product that I wish I thought of. Like anything that is available on the market there is room for improvement. I believe some possible improvements that can be made is another set of loops on the back for additional or a double sided TC3 card. Something else that could be useful is a Velcro cover that can be used to protect the contents when stored exposed and not in a bag. Either way the current version of the TC3 is fantastic and I am proud to have students that are creative enough to push out awesome products. Check them out.