Poor Organization - Good Concept, Flawed Design
, November 23, 2013
I have a ton of Maxpedition gear, and this is the only one that I offer a somewhat negative review on. I'm gonna go with a simple Pro/Con list..
. You can toss a jacket or hoodie behind the outer flap for quick access when it gets cool out.
. Layer of rubber like material at the bottom of the pack.. this prevents water from soaking in on wet ground and excessive wearing from being sat down roughly often. (I'm brutal on my gear, hence why I buy Maxpedition)
. Large D-Ring on the top of the outer flap. Gives me a nice place to hang my keys while i'm not using them at work.
. Pack size easily can fit in a locker if you need to lock it up.
. Bungee around the top of the bottle holder keeps your Nalgene from falling out if you get rough with the gear.
. Compression straps keep everything from shifting while on the move.
. Tons of molle straps on one side, the back flap, and shoulder strap.
. YKK zippers and the material (water/tear resistant) feels indestructible. High quality hook and loop.
. Awesomely heavy duty carry handle at the top of the pack. I tend to carry it more than wear it.
. The entire back portion of the pack has a hidden C&C compartment that zips up. It can also double as a compartment for a camelbak bladder, which this pack accommodates well with loops and a tube hole.
. When using a common Nalgene bottle in the bottle pouch, it invades the space of the pocket inside the pack for your Ipod.
. There is a hide away mesh pocket for the waist strap while not in use. The strap works it's way out when the pack is full.
. I find it difficult to utilize the bottom corners of the pack. If I get items in there they remain difficult to reach.
. The mesh pouch in the front of the pack is far to narrow at the top (can't get my hand in there well). Then it is a
disaster trying to get an item after it slips into the corners.
. Organization is a major issue. I added a Maxpedition Single Sheath
for my Leatherman and Maxpedition Flashlight Sheath
for the light. Being that the front mesh pouch was useless to me, I use a Pocket Organizer
and keep it in the main compartment. Then I needed somewhere for quick access to my phone... in came the Clip-On Phone Holster
. The strap is a bit uncomfortable to me if I walk longer than a couple blocks. It also seems to be an awkward fit, but everybody is shaped slightly different.
. The molle straps seem to be cut off in places. In the front, and on the sides, they couldn't get an entire row of strapping in so they aren't wide enough to get strapping through at the edge loops. (This flat out aggravated me on multiple occasions)
. The outer flap doesn't seem to pull tight enough to fit snug against the pack, feeling not so secure.
. Don't plan on accessing things near the bottom of the pack in a hurry. Oh yeah.. by the way, almost everything ends up at the bottom of the pack. The top is narrow leaving you no choice but to load the pack in a 'tear drop' style. To get the bottom items you need to unclip the main clasp for the outer shell, unclip both compression straps, and unzip both zippers nearly to the bottom of the pack.
. The side pocket is incredibly deep. At first I thought this was great, until I realized that the top is kind of narrow and that it would take 5 minutes of fishing to get my wallet out each time. Being that the molle loops are on the pocket, while the pocket is empty attachments can feel a little sloppy.
Okay, so I know it seems like i'm nitpicking this pack to death... and I am. At $130 USD and with the reputation Maxpedition has, I expect WAY more functionality out of their gear. Does it work? Yes. Will I use it for EDC anymore? Absolutely not. I'll hang this one up and use it when I need to throw a couple items in it to take to a friend.. or something along those lines. Excuse the length of this review, but I wanted to get these details out there for people planning on using it as an EDC.