Hey guys, today’s review is going to focus on something a little different than what I normally post on here. I’m at a point where I’m mostly satisfied with the state of my EDC collection. That isn’t to say that I’ll stop posting reviews on EDC items, but rather that I’ve decided to broaden my focus. Today’s review in particular will be an overview of the Triple Aught Design Control Panel 1.
The TAD (Triple Aught Design) CP1 was a Foundry project released in the beginning of September. To date I believe it was one of their most successful projects, and it finished with almost 800% over the original goal. Here is the product link. At the time of this review, the CP1 will run you $50. I don’t believe that you can purchase the CP1 from TAD’s online site at this time. I picked mine up in-store at the Dogpatch base, they had stacked a few in the corner – I assume they were leftovers from the initial Foundry project.
Above are images of my actual TAD CP1.
When I first handled the CP1 – and as with all things TAD – I knew it was high quality stuff. The construction of the panel is top-notch: 1000 Denier Cordura is a heavy duty, nylon fabric known for being very resistant to abrasion. The choice of fabric does come with a cost though, as the CP1 will quickly pick up dust and lint. You can see in my images that the Control Panel 1 even picked up the little dust that was lying on my porch.
There are two mesh pockets. Although it may look like each of the pockets is further divided in the center, it’s actually just two big cavities total. I sort of wish that it was four cavities total, but that’s purely based on the items that I use the pouches for. In the uppermost pocket, I carry my Anker power bank and USB cords. The bottom pocket holds some basic First-Aid and other assorted stuff.
I mainly purchased the CP1 because of its larger, overlapping pocket. The latest edition of the CP1 was designed to carry a ballistic panel. However, the overlapping pocket is also large enough to carry my iPad Pro 10.5” or MacBook Air 11.6”. Because I already have a case on my iPad Pro, I’m not too worried about anything getting scratched up. The CP1 just gives me a convenient place to put it instead of leaving it floating in my backpack.
Here’s a picture of my Angel Armor Ally One inside the CP1. The Ally One is a ballistic panel good for most handgun rounds. Although the CP1 was designed with the Ally One TAD Edition in mind, it will accommodate the Ally One direct from Angel Armor. My particular Ally One is the 8×11″ model. You can see that the CP1 has a flap that goes over conceals the panel. I can fit both the Ally One and iPad Pro in the CP1 without too much trouble.
I’m using the TAD FAST Pack Scout, so I’ve actually chosen not to run the Ally One in the CP1. The Ally One will also give the CP1 rigidity, but that’s not optimal for me because of the Scout backpack’s small size. By allowing the CP1 to be non-rigid, I can more easily access the contents of the CP1’s two pockets. You’ll note that there’s two clips at the top of the CP1 that’ll allow you to easily attach it to many of TAD’s backpacks. This is great because it means the panel won’t be free-floating in your backpack.
Personally, I don’t have a use for it, but the MOLLE/PAL attachments on the back of the CP1 deserve mention. You can attach a bunch of stuff to the back to expand the panel’s functionality. Pictured are my TAD OP1 and Thyrm Cell Vault. Obviously, this isn’t very useful in a backpack like the FAST Pack Scout which is already limited on space. But I could see it being potentially useful in a larger backpack or if you’re using the CP1 unilateral of a backpack.
I mainly intended for this review to hone in on how I’ve integrated the CP1 into my setup, so I think it’s only fair that I give my honest opinion on it. I do think it makes a fine addition to my setup, and I recognize that there are many other ways one could use the panel. For example, one could hang it from the back of a car seat or use it stand-alone as an EDC transport panel. That said, users who already own TAD backpacks (due to the attachment points) or gear are the ones who will likely find the panel most useful. The price of the CP1 is definitely steep, but that’s the price you pay for quality and made in the US of A. In essence, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase this again, but purchasers on the fence should check how they will actually integrate the panel in their setup.