Helikon-Tex Navtel – Review

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Pouch for electronic devices with a variety of attachment options? Sounds good!

Helikon-Tex Navtel is made of a Cordura 500 fabric in Shadow Grey. IT is also available in a wide range of other colours – black, various shades of green, coyote, gray, as well as in different camouflages (Pencott, Kryptek, A-Tacs, WZ93, Multicam, Woodland i Flecktarn). The pouch is well made and there are no loose threads.

The dimensions of the pouch are 15cm x 9cm x 4cm, and the volume is 0.5l. Navtel’s weight equals 130g.

Helikon-Tex Navtel features two compartments:

Main compartment can be opened using a two way YKK zipper with pullers made of cord and rubbery tubes, which provide good grip and make using the pouch easy.

Inside of the Navtel was lined up with a soft fabric to offer some degree of protection to your equipment. In the main compartment you’ll also fain an elastic strap for securing your gear and a paracord loop.

The external pocket is opened using a velcro flap and can be used to carry around eg. a pocket GPS.

Helikon-Tex Navtel can be carried around both horizontally and vertically thanks to a set of MOLLE/PALS compatible webbing.

Our thoughts

First of all, when considering Helikon-Tex Navtel, keep in mind that this is a rather big pouch, and definitely bigger than most cases for compact cameras. At the same time, Helikon-Tex Navtel has a considerably more rugged build and offers way better attachment possibilities.

The pouch is well made and despite use has no noticeable signs of wear. In my case, Navtel has worked well as a case for a compact camera (Olympus TG5) and a hand-held GPS (Garmin eTrex30x). Normally, when hiking, I’d carry Navtel on the hip belt of my backpack, which worked particularly well thanks to the variety of attachment options. The only hting to keep in mind when considering Navtel is its size – it’s simply worth taking a look and ensuring it won’t be too big for your needs.

Conclusions

Helikon-Tex Navtel is a well made and useful pouch, which works well for carrying around all sorts of electronic devices (such as compact cameras and GPS). What works particularly well is the Navtel’s versatility achieved thanks to the multiple attachment options. The only possible limitation is the size of the pouch, but this ultimately will boil down to personal preferences.

Special thanks for giving us a chance to test the Helikon-Tex Navtel goes to the Predathor shop!

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