Sunday, March 31, 2013

Review: Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer

Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer - Shown With Maxpedition Rat Wallet and Maxpedition CMC WalletShe calls it a man purse. I call it a tactical pouch. Whatever you call it, it's a handy organizer for all your every day carry widgets like pocket knives, flashlights, pens, notepad, tweezers, scissors, etc. I tend to prefer carry more lightweight items most of the time, but some days you just need to bring the hardware, and this
little pouch is made for those days.

Product Description

Price: $25 Online

This is a rugged, "tactical" style clam shell zippered pouch for organizing your EDC items. It has quite a bit of space and lots of little loops, dividers and pockets to attach your gear to. It's very ruggedized, featuring ballistic nylon construction, over-sized YKK zippers and Teflon treatment for water resistance.

This review sample was purchased from goinggear.com, and it's also available from Amazon with Prime.


Official Specs (From Maxpedition's Web Site)

  • Compact 5" x 7" x 0.75" size
  • Drops into pants cargo pocket or backpack/bag
  • Full clamshell opening main compartment with dual zips
  • Inside left: Slip pocket; key ring; elastic organizer with 9 divisions
  • Inside right: Slip pocket; tie-down loop; elastic organizer with 6 divisions
  • Front exterior: 2" x 3" loop field for patches; mesh slip pocket with hook-and-loop closure
  • Back exterior: Oversized handle; attachment webbing
  • MOLLE compatible
  • Attach using two 3" TacTie™ Attachment Straps

Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer - Shown Open With EDC Goodies Inside

Overall Design



This organizer has a clever design. The wife may call it a purse, but it's fairly compact, and makes very efficient use of space, unlike my previous attempt at a pocket organizer, the Rat Wallet. This thing is all business.

Fit and Finish


Overall, good. There's a few issues with the stitching, but I don't believe that it's anything that will affect the lifespan of this unit. The zippers open and close smoothly, and the paracord zipper pulls have a good feel, and give the EDC organizer a rugged look.

Usability


This thing is a great companion to a normal wallet. If I know I'm going on a road trip, or going to help someone work on their car, I can just throw this in the truck and know that I have the mojo to solve challenging situations.

Here is my current configuration for the EDC organizer:

1. Spyderco Tenacious pocket knife
2. Leatherman Wingman multi-tool
3. Jetbeam BA10 AA flashlight
4. Pelican 1910 AAA flashlight
5. Craftsman clip-on flathead screwdriver
6. Toenail clippers
7. Tweezers
8. Utility scissors
9. Ballpoint pen
10. Telescoping back scratcher
11. Ka-Bar Becker BK14 fixed blade knife, with sheath
12. 4 Pack of charged Eneloop AAA batteries, in case
13. Small notepad
14. Bic disposable lighter
15. Sharpie ink pen

Conclusions


This is a great organizer to keep the larger EDC items that I don't always need. I'm not sure I would carry this on my belt, but it's perfect to throw into the truck or another bag like my EDC backpack. I wasn't sure if I would like it, or if it would have enough space to be useful, but it's very useful. It's a little expensive, but it's very durable, and Maxpedition has a good reputation. Even though Maxpedition products aren't made in the USA, the overall quality is still phenomenal.

My new man purse now sits on my desk, ready to join me at a moment's notice. 

Gallery


Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer - Front With Tags
Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer - Back With Tags

Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer - Maker's Tag
Not made in USA, but still comparable quality

Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer - Showing Keychain Clip
Closeup of the keychain hook, which stows away behind the divider

Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer - Showing Attachment Loop
It has a nice, sturdy loop of paracord for attaching larger items

Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer - Shown With Maxpedition CMC Wallet
Shown with my new Maxpedition CMC Wallet - it's a nice combo

Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer - Front Tag
Closeup of the front Maxpeditoin tag

Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer - Closeup of rugged YKK Clamshell Zippers
Closeup of the beefy YKK ruggedized zippers, with paracord pulls

Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer - Closeup of Netting On Front
Closeup of the netting on the front of the pouch
Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer - Closeup of Netting With Ka-Bar BK14 Fixed Blade Knife
I keep my BK14 Eskabar fixed blade knife in the front netting of my EDC pouch

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