A knife, a flashlight, a multitool, a few spare batteries, fire source, something to write… A list of smaller equipment taken on every trip could continue indefinitely – a real problem arises when it turns out that your backpack doesn’t have enough compartments and pockets to keep everything in place. And what if the backpack does not have them at all? “Yes, I have a flashlight but somehow I can’t find it …” – sounds familiar? One solution may be the organizers, “tactical pencil-cases” which allow to organize smaller equipment in the elastic webbing. One such pocket is the Maxpedition Pocket EDC Organizer…
The dimensions of the organizer are 12.7 cm x 17.7 cm x 1.9 cm – it is slightly smaller than an A5 sheet of paper. The main fabric is the Cordura 1000D nylon with a triple polyurethane coating, which makes the material more resistant to both damage and water (however, the zipper still remains a weakpoint). On the other hand, such an amount of coating makes the material very, at times even too, rigid.
The YKK zippers work great, and making use of them was additionally enhanced with paracord pullers.
On the front of the Maxpedition’s organizer there is a piece of Velcro for attaching morale patches or other badges. Slightly below, a mesh pocket was sewn on to allow carrying of small and flat items, however, I’d say that its role seems mostly aesthetic.
The back of the organizer features a large carrying strap that allows for more convenient handling of the organizer and makes it easier to take it out of your backpack. Next to it there are three rows of of webbing (each cell is 6 cm wide), allowing attachment of the Pocket EDC to MOLLE / PALS compatible modular systems (the straps, however, weren’t included) or carrying it on a belt.
The inside of the Maxpedition Pocket EDC Organizer contains:
Two nylon compartments (for storing flat items)
A tape with a carabiner (for securing your keys)
A loop made of paracord (for securing the gear with lanyards)
Two large (right side, 6 cm wide), three medium-size (left, 4 cm), four small (right, 3 cm) and six very small (left, 2 cm) cells made of elastic webbing,
The quality of the craft is of a good standard – nothing rips, only a few loose threads are visible, the materials are of high quality and the edges were trimmed. Unfortunately, next to the place where the handle was sewn on there is a small hole that looks like some defect from the production process (incorrectly made seam?, a puncture made in the wrong place?) – however, this doesn’t affect the usability of the organizer. However, to my surprise a similar hole is also located next to the second attachment points of the handle…
For more than a year of testing, the main material – the robust Cordura 1000D – has proven its durability. Nevertheless, I’m unsure whether the use of such “all-proof” fabric isn’t a slight overkill… In my case, the organizer spent most of the time inside of a backpack, and even if it would be carried on a belt / attached outside of a pack it’s unlikely that the material would face a challenges that could not be passed by a lighter Cordura 500D.
In addition, the great resistance of the main fabric won’t do much if the whole structure has weaker points – be it the material at the zippers, which now bears the signs of wear or the fabric of internal compartments which has visible punctures (at the seams) which may increase their size with time.
It seems highly unlikely that any of these problems will develop to the problematic degree in the next few years, but given the price (~ 129 PLN [~32 $] for the EDC Pocket organizer) and the reputation of the brand a slight distaste remains. From the manufacturer who claims that “[…] Maxpedition name remains a steadfast beacon, synonymous with the best level of quality and durability […]” I would expect products which are not only “functionally durable”, but also “aesthetically durable” – that a few years have to pass before a user spots signs of wear so noticeable that they make him question the gear’s longevity.
Another aspect is the size of the organizer – in my case, the interior of the Pocket EDC allows for a quite comfortable carrying of the smaller gear when I, for example, use a backpack without a built-in organizers (like a Wisport Silverfox). The whole construction is functional and works well – the needed equipment is neatly organized and easily accessible. Still, I have a feeling that the organizer itself is a bit too tall. After packing, at the bottom of the pouch I always have a few centimeters of unused space. In terms of size, interesting alternatives seem to be Maxpedition Mini Pocket Organizer or quite new MRZ Organizer from the Maxpedition’s AGR line, which should provide comparable durability and functionality in a more compact form.
For more than a year, the Maxpedition Pocket EDC Organizer has proven its robustness and functionality – as you would expect from a good organizer it allows you to comfortably organize and secure useful equipment that would normally got lost in the depth of your pack. The quality of craft is good, the functional durability is on the high level – the organizer will surely remain usable for a long time. Unfortunately, the issue of aesthetic durability looks a bit worse – after a year and three months of use the organizer shows signs that may suggest that it will soon start to brake. That’s not the case – a couple of strong pulls was enough to reassure me that none of the questionable parts (punctures near the handle, the hole at the seam attaching the elastic straps to the internal compartment) will not threaten the construction too soon. Still, I would expect to find such traces (and I am able to see them) on my seven-year-old PP 25 backpack from Polish Janysport, and not on a Maxpedition’s product used for slightly more than a year.
So how does the Pocket EDC Organizer from Maxpedition end up? Positively.
Ultimately, it is still a durable piece of equipment that could be just a little more “polished” – so that the user doesn’t have to wonder about its durability after just a year. This organizer will surely survive another year, and a few more years will pass before it needs to be replaced.
+ Quality of craft
+ Configuration of webbing and available space
– Problems with aesthetic durability
Special thanks to the Polish distributor of Maxpedition products – CQB.pl – for providing us with a chance for testing the Maxpedition Pocket EDC Organizer!