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Maxpedition Proteus Versipack
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- Category name: gear-bags-and-accessories
- Country of origin: taiwan
- Brand name: Maxpedition
- Main: 9" x 6" x 3"
- Frontal: 8" x 5" x 1.5"
- Side: 6" x 3" x 1.75"
- Belt: Integral Waist Belt at 49" max.
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Named after a mythological character that could take on many shapes and forms, the Proteus Versipack (#0402) provides a herculean 285 cu. in. of organized storage space and can be worn like a fannypack, hand-carried, piggy-backed onto MAXPEDITION backpacks, or integrated onto ALICE or MOLLE webbing.
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I bought this bag for a specific purpose. My Maxpedition Falcon 2 is one of my favorite go-bags but it's just a bit too small for a weekend outing or to be used as the now famous "bug out bag". A great way to fi that problem is to mate these two bags together. The Proteus pack fits perfectly under the Falcon 2. The straps line up with the MOLLE and it can be tightly strapped to the bottom. It also helps because it brings the waist strap down a bit to sit on your hips. The proteus has a better waist strap so it really works out great.
I also have another Proteus that I use as a med pack. It's the perfect size for all the first aid gear you could need.
There are a million different things you can use a bag of this size for but whatever it is I'm pretty sure you can rely on this pack.
BASE 5: NYC
Am now finding the waist belt hideaway feature useful. With the belt stowed, I use tac ties (sold separately) to strap the back of the bag to the front of my bike handle bars. Works great.
Purchased this almost 2yrs ago as a bicycle bag. Have found it to be rugged and flexible.
The opening to the main compartment restricts items to be an inch or so shorter than the length of the space, but it fits snacks and juice boxes perfectly. Like to put my iPhone in one side pouch and a first aid kit in the other. The front organizer pouch holds multi-tools, straps, and other small items well. The velcro area for storing the waist strap is nice if you wanted to pack the bag away, but isn't practical for daily use.
First, I should say that it was a little smaller than I initially expected. The online measurements were accurate. I just thought it would be a tad bit wider and deeper.
My second (slight) disappointment is the zipper on the main compartment. The compartment will easily hold an EDC Fatty, but it take a little effort to get it in because of the way the zipper works. It would be better if the zipper was a clam shell. Oh, well ....
Needless to say, it didn't quite meet my initial expectations. I was able to turn it into a mini-tool kit. It was working well in that assignment - then my life changed.
I was recently diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes I also have a number of new prescriptions to take. To further complicate matters, I need to monitor my blood pressure on a regular basis. (Hey, when it rains, it pours.)
I initially used the EDC Fatty as a basic medical kit, because I already owned it and liked the layout. It became apparent that the Fatty was little too tight to hold all my meds and far too small to carry a blood pressure monitor.
I wanted a bag that could be carried by hand and easily accessible when worn. I looked at the GearSlinger series, particularly the Lunada and Malaga. Both are great bags, but a little too deep to use when effectively when worn on the body.
Enter the Proteus. It is absolutely perfect for my needs. The front pocket holds my syringes, lancet holder, lancets, strips, and glucometer. The right pocket holds a hard plastic bottle, which I used to store discarded sharps (needles and lancets.) The left pocket holds an iPod Touch (which runs my log software), a 3x5 notepad, flashlight, and a ZipLock bag of Q-Tips. The main compartment contains (in the mesh pocket): my prescriptions, gum, and vitamins. The main pocket contains a wrist based blood pressure meter (in its case), three Glucerna bars, instant tea packets, a small bottle of Vaseline, a battery powered razor, and hand lotion.
While this bag holds a lot of stuff, the main benefit, for me, is that I can access all of the medicine and equipment by simply moving the bag to the front. This has worked well and has saved me a lot of time.
I love this bag. Highly recommended.