Possibly the simplest component of the PLCE set, the utility straps are simple webbing straps with a buckle at one end:
The buckle is a tension lock design made of black plastic:
The strap itself was issued as a pair to allow the soldier to strap any extra equipment he might wish to either the PLCE webbing set or to his bergen.
Arrsepedia has the following, mildly tongue in cheek, description of the straps:
A mildly useful length of nylon strapping with a clip fastener that allows you to fasten and tighten said strap. Good for tying things to other things. Seem to have been specified by a cost-conscious member of MoD(PE), because they’re always the absolute minimum possible length for the job at hand, especially when it’s dark and your fingers are cold.
Usually found in a sealed plastic bag in the QM’s store, alongside the big bag of issue Bungees, because if they were issued, they’d have to be checked. And lost ones would have to be demanded. And that would make life more difficult.
Still, they’re an improvement over the ’58 pattern utility straps (which were like rocking-horse shit by the 1980s) which added “made of canvas and bloody awkward when wet” to the “never quite long enough” design flaw.
Also known as Straps, Futility.
Returning to the straps, they each have a small stores label sewn to them at the buckle end: