1. I'm a combat vet who's had to apply aid in the field and don't need your approval - let's get that clear up-front. No idea what your claim-to-fame is; don't much care, either.
2. RATs haven't sought CoTCCC approval as they don't sell to the military, so I'm not sure why you believe that's even relevant to anything - at all. Your link also admits they haven't even tested it themselves:
If we received one in the mail, we’d surely test it out further.
Ah - right. That would convince me...
3. Both the CAT and SOFT-T have dramatic levels of failure:
Pulse elimination was poor for CAT (25% failure) and SOFT-T (60% failure) even in classroom conditions following training. CAT was more quickly applied ( p < 0.005) and more effective ( p < 0.002) than SOFT-T. Training fostered fast and effective application of leg tourniquets while performance declined under simulated combat. The inherent efficacy of tourniquet products contributes to high failure rates under combat conditions, pointing to the need for superior tourniquets and for rigorous deployment preparation training in simulated combat scenarios.
A recent analysis of combat casualties indicated a 21% failure rate for the Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT), the most commonly used prehospital tourniquet, and a 34% failure rate for the Special Operation Forces Tactical Tourniquet (SOFT-T), which advertises, “Proven to be 100% effective during USAISR testing.” This is unacceptable, particularly given that 91% of potentially survivable battlefield deaths from 2001 to 2011 were due to hemorrhage.
Source: Effects of Training and Simulated Combat Stress on Leg Tourniquet Application Accuracy, Time, and Effectiveness
LCDR Richard Schreckengaust, MC USN; CDR Lanny Littlejohn, MC USN; Gregory J. Zarow, PhD - MILITARY MEDICINE, Vol. 179, February 2014
2 CAT Tourniquets broke while being applied
• Ensure that, if you are carrying CAT tourniquets, they are new and have not been previously used for training or sitting on kit exposed
to the elements for an extended period of time. Approximately one tenth of tourniquets broke while being applied.
Source: Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care - Meeting Minutes
Davis Conference Center, MacDill AFB, FL - 4-5 February 2014
4. A few people like the RATs tourniquet - just nobodies like Special Ops guys and medical doctors including a cardiologist and a trauma surgeon from Harvard: http://ratstourniquet.com/medical-endorsements/
A trauma surgeon who worked on the Boston Marathon bombing victims and has replaced his personal tourniquets with the RATs - yeah, I think I'll go with that guy.
5. As I said before, carry whatever you like - nobody's stopping you - but you'll pardon me if I take the word of surgeons over some piddly little website which hasn't even tested the thing.
6. For what it's worth, I have a SOFT-T next to me right now as well, as you'll see below - sorry that you assumed anything.
7. I don't care what you'd prefer
- what do you even have
right now? Anything at all? Post a verifiable picture if you do.