Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

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Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by Whackpack7 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:34 pm

Background
Okay so if you haven't caught my most recent thread (which most of you haven't.....ahem http://zombiehunters.org/forum/viewtopi ... 93&t=98480), then you are aware I am in college now. I'm a National Security Major and Military Science Minor :words:

I commute to class and park in a garage downtown. I keep my BOB in my car, and obviously I can't take it to class. My primary backpack is a Maxpedition Falcon II, and I love it, though most of it is dedicated to things for class. I wanted to add in a pouch that could be dedicated to survival, and my intention was that the pack exist only to help me get back to my vehicle from anywhere on campus, and to help with minor problems while in class or on the move. It serves mostly as an EDC pouch. I looked around several companies and narrowed it down to Maxpedition very quickly. They have 3 sizes of EDC-Style pouches, this is the largest. All are available with and without a section of hook and loop on the front for a minor price difference.

Mini
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/Min ... 7p1559.htm

Standard
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/E-D ... -7p961.htm

Fatty
http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/Fat ... 7p1654.htm

The Fatty is listed on Maxpedition for $26.99, which isn't too bad especially since it is Maxpedition, and they have great quality and customer service. If you don't want to foot that much, as shown above smaller ones do exist.

Use
Maxpedition developed these 3 pouches to be used by people like us, lets be honest here. It allows for people that have multiple bags for work or school, to only have to have one set of EDC or 'prepper' items that can be quickly and efficiently swapped from bag to bag. This series is well thought out and encompasses multiple size ranges for different people and demands. I chose the and will be reviewing the largest as per the subject of this thread. Mine is in black. I am not looking for input on what is inside of the pouch, so much as providing a review.

Specs (From Maxpedition)
Compact 5" x 7" x 2" size
Drops into or attaches onto backpack or bag
Full clamshell opening main compartment with dual zips
Inside left: Slip pocket; key ring; tie-down loop, elastic organizer with 9 divisions
Inside right: Zipper pocket; elastic organizer with 6 divisions
Inside center has additional elastic loops
Front exterior: 2" x 3" loop field for patches; mesh slip pocket with hook-and-loop closure
Back exterior: Oversized carry handle; attachment webbing
MOLLE compatible
Attach using two 3" TacTie™ Attachment Straps (optional accessories)
Imported :oops:
1000-Denier water and abrasion resistant light-weight ballistic nylon fabric
Teflon™ fabric protector for grime resistance and easy
YKK Zippers
Triple polyurethane coated for water resistance
High tensile strength nylon webbing
High tensile strength composite nylon thread (stronger than ordinary industry standard nylon thread)
Internal seams taped and finished
Paracord zipper pulls
Stress points double stitched, Bartacked or "Box-and-X" stitched for added strength

Pouch Closed

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Side

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Back

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First Impression (Exterior)
Okay, let me start by addressing the two elephants in the room. 1) Yes the flag is backwards, no it does not come with the pouch. The flag is on there merely to represent the functionality of the hook and loop section. The reason that it is backwards is due to the fact that it came off the right shoulder of my uniform and it is the only patch with the exact dimensions of the hook and look that I own. 2) This pouch is a big boy. Its easy to see.

When I first pulled this out of the plastic, I was very impressed as I have always been with Maxpedition. You can just feel how tough this thing is. The Teflon-Coated 1000D literally feels indestructible and it is awesome. The pouch is sturdy and the stitching is very well done. Zipper action is very smooth and the zipper pulls (a standard for Maxpedition) are in great shape. The hook and loop is the perfect size for a moral patch or a flag. I'm still not sure what I will use the mesh pocket on the front for, however it is made of superior quality also. I yanked pretty hard on the handle several times, it holds up very nicely and has reinforced stitching like Maxpedition is known for.

First Impression (Interior)
SO MUCH SPACE! I mean it really goes without saying here. Tons of room and modularity inside this bad boy. Left side features 3 horizontal large elastic loops and 6 small horizontal elastic loops. Behind them exists a space clearly for flat items such as a small notebook, papers, passport or other important documents. A plastic clip hangs from the top for keys or other things that need to be kept attached. Beside the clip, a small loop of 550 cord for attaching other items. The plastic clip is a very interesting design that allows for a huge range of motion, however I am not sure how strong it is or even if I want to use it. The right side features 2 very large vertical elastic loops, and 4 large vertical elastic loops. Behind this section exists an additional vertical zippered section that from first look can expand pretty impressively to add in loose items or things you want to keep together. In the center of the clam shell is one more horizontal elastic loop. I should say on the topic of the elastic, it is the kind that does not easily stretch out and lose its elasticity. I have had experience with cheaper elastic loops in packs that goes bad and cannot be used any longer.

Load it Up
I want to point out that what is in here is merely for a reference and so you can get an idea of the loading of this pouch. I am not asking for a critique as to what I put in it since for the review I just found some little things that get the point across.

Opened Up
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Medical Compartment
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Admin Items
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Load-Out for Review
General
Streamlight ProTac AA
Multi-Tool
Chemlight (Red)
Compass

Fire/Water
Waterproof Match Container
-10 'Stormproof' Matches
-Striker
-2 Cotton Balls
-Lint
Lighter
2 One Gallon Bags
20 Katadyn Water Purification Tablets

Medical
2 Pairs Medium Gloves, Nighthawk Black
4 Curity 4x4
6 Curity 2x2
4 ABD 5x9
6 Alcohol Prep Pads
2 Small Packs, Celox
4 Band-Aids 1x3
2 Band-Aids 2x3
1 Piece, Mole Skin
2 Packs, Steri-Strips
2 Packs, ASA, 81mg (Total 4 = 324mg for Chest Pain)
2 Packs, Acetaminophen, 500mg
2 Packs, Ibuprofen, 200 mg
2 Packs, Triple Antibiotic Ointment

Admin
Overall Campus Map, Large
Northern Campus Map, Small
Eastern Campus Map, Small
Urban Survival Info Sheet
Rite-in-Rain Notebook
Ball-Point Pen
Pencil, Mechanical
$10 In One Dollar Bills

Meat & Taters
I carried this pouch in my backpack and laptop bag for a few weeks prior to finishing up this review to get an idea of whether or not it performs as its hyped up to. I am very impressed with it. For what it is, it's a great item. I've had it out in the rain, dropped it in mud, scraped it against masonry, ect. It holds up amazingly well. For anyone who is looking to expand their EDC and have items that can quickly be swapped from one bag to another, this really is about as convenient as it will get. I forgot to mention earlier that I added 25' of black paracord to the pouch in addition to what was already in it. I never found a use for the paracord or the clip, however I have messed around with the clip and it has not broken or become damaged in any way. Additionally across the back of the pouch is a 2x3 section of attachment points to place this pouch on the exterior of a MOLLE pack or bag. I had mine affixed to my Falcon II just for reviewing purposes. (This is the point where the pouch was exposed to rain, the masonry ect.) It performed as well on the outside as it did on the inside, however it makes it more difficult to move quickly when you have to take it off. For this reason, I leave it inside the bag, and when I need it I yank it out by the handle/strap sewn onto it. Works great!

Overall, I highly recommend this product, which says a lot because I am quite a stickler. I seldom am 100% okay with something. At work I have product reviewed almost every brand of medical bag on the market and I always find flaws, for example... This product, however, is excellent.

Conclusion
Design - 5/5
Construction & Materials - 5/5
Modularity - 5/5
Durability - 5/5
Overall - 5/5

Questions? Feel free to comment. I'm all over the place so I'm sure I missed a detail or two, and quite possibly may not have explained something well enough. Thanks :o


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Re: Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by majorhavoc » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:11 pm

I'll comment. Excellent review Whackpack. Appreciate you going to all the trouble and time to do up such a comprehensive, well-written and copiously illustrated review. (Pet peeve: forum reviews without good pictures :vmad:) So great job on all fronts.

Confirms the quality I expect from Maxipedition. Although like you, I'm somewhat shocked to learn it's imported. I'm not one of those people who gets super bent out shape buying imported goods, it's just that I thought part of the premium you pay for Maxpedition gear was for American craftsmanship and just as importantly, American quality control.

Still, with your 5/5's across the board, I'm gathering that you feel that quality has not suffered having the product made overseas.

Thanks again for the obvious effort and thoroughness you devoted to this review.

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Re: Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by Whackpack7 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:09 pm

majorhavoc wrote:I'll comment. Excellent review Whackpack. Appreciate you going to all the trouble and time to do up such a comprehensive, well-written and copiously illustrated review. (Pet peeve: forum reviews without good pictures :vmad:) So great job on all fronts.

Confirms the quality I expect from Maxipedition. Although like you, I'm somewhat shocked to learn it's imported. I'm not one of those people who gets super bent out shape buying imported goods, it's just that I thought part of the premium you pay for Maxpedition gear was for American craftsmanship and just as importantly, American quality control.

Still, with your 5/5's across the board, I'm gathering that you feel that quality has not suffered having the product made overseas.

Thanks again for the obvious effort and thoroughness you devoted to this review.
Thanks. I really enjoy reviewing products that I find worthy enough to tell others about. IMO, regardless of this product being imported, Maxpedition has still created a quality product and I see no detriments to it's performance that can be attributed to poor quality. Their quality control must be quite excellent.

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Re: Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by aloharover » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:29 pm

majorhavoc wrote:I'll comment. Excellent review Whackpack. Appreciate you going to all the trouble and time to do up such a comprehensive, well-written and copiously illustrated review. (Pet peeve: forum reviews without good pictures :vmad:) So great job on all fronts.

Confirms the quality I expect from Maxipedition. Although like you, I'm somewhat shocked to learn it's imported. I'm not one of those people who gets super bent out shape buying imported goods, it's just that I thought part of the premium you pay for Maxpedition gear was for American craftsmanship and just as importantly, American quality control.

Still, with your 5/5's across the board, I'm gathering that you feel that quality has not suffered having the product made overseas.

Thanks again for the obvious effort and thoroughness you devoted to this review.
Actually a lot of Maxpeditions products are produced overseas. I think they are still well made.
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Re: Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by sheddi » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:21 am

Whackpack7 wrote:I want to point out that what is in here is merely for a reference and so you can get an idea of the loading of this pouch. I am not asking for a critique as to what I put in it since for the review I just found some little things that get the point across.
OK, but then you say ...
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So I'm going to act as though this is your real EDC loadout, OK?

What I'm piping up to say is that now you've taken that chemlight out of its foil packet, it's going to start going off. The chemistry of chemlights is that the active ingredient - the one that makes the light - reacts with oxygen. When you use them in the designed mode, you break a glass vial of hydrogen peroxide inside the stick and this provides a whole lot of oxygen, all at once. However the plastic of the stick will allow oxygen in from the atmosphere, which is why they're wrapped in foil - the foil is a good oxygen barrier.

You'll start losing performance immediately you unwrap the stick. Depending on the stick it might not be noticeable for some weeks, but it's happening. After a few months it'll definitely be noticeable and even the best sticks will be near-useless after a year.

You might know all this and rotate your chemlights regularly, or that might even be a "spent" chemlight you're using as a photo prop, but for the benefit of anyone else reading the thread - don't unwrap your chemlights until you want to use them!
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Re: Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by TheLastOne » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:04 am

I've used the mini everyday in my back pocket for about 2? yrs now. It holds my leatherman, a wine key, food thermometer, zipties, spare car key, and a bunch of miscellaneous allen wrenches.

Has held up to the weight of my ass on it for a long time with no visible wear.

Also, just because a product is made overseas does not automatically make it crap. If you have political reasoning for wanting to buy USA made, that's just fine with me. But for $18 and similar materials, I didn't find similar. It may exist now, but I don't give enough shits to look right now.
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Re: Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by TheStray » Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:35 pm

I'm looking to get one of these for my MaxPed Sitka and this just seals the deal. Thanks for the awesome review.

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Re: Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by Whackpack7 » Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:30 pm

sheddi wrote:
Whackpack7 wrote:I want to point out that what is in here is merely for a reference and so you can get an idea of the loading of this pouch. I am not asking for a critique as to what I put in it since for the review I just found some little things that get the point across.
OK, but then you say ...
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So I'm going to act as though this is your real EDC loadout, OK?

What I'm piping up to say is that now you've taken that chemlight out of its foil packet, it's going to start going off. The chemistry of chemlights is that the active ingredient - the one that makes the light - reacts with oxygen. When you use them in the designed mode, you break a glass vial of hydrogen peroxide inside the stick and this provides a whole lot of oxygen, all at once. However the plastic of the stick will allow oxygen in from the atmosphere, which is why they're wrapped in foil - the foil is a good oxygen barrier.

You'll start losing performance immediately you unwrap the stick. Depending on the stick it might not be noticeable for some weeks, but it's happening. After a few months it'll definitely be noticeable and even the best sticks will be near-useless after a year.

You might know all this and rotate your chemlights regularly, or that might even be a "spent" chemlight you're using as a photo prop, but for the benefit of anyone else reading the thread - don't unwrap your chemlights until you want to use them!
Cyalume states that the foil wrapping is merely to help keep the product away from moisture and direct sunlight prior to use and that exposure to extreme temperatures and direct sunlight are the only factors that inhibit performance. I feel that in the darkness of this rig they should be fine, and I haven't really noticed any lack in performance. I always see people pulling them out of wrappers prior to putting them in their MOLLE or their specifically designed holders on load outs and LBVs.

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Re: Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by sheddi » Sun Jun 09, 2013 4:10 am

Whackpack7 wrote:Cyalume states that the foil wrapping is merely to help keep the product away from moisture and direct sunlight prior to use ...
You're right. Sorry for my confusion.

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Can the packaging be removed long before use? Due to the sensitivity to light and humidity, products are to be stored in their original wrapper or casing. Without this wrapper, the device’s shelf life can be measured in days versus years with the wrapper.
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Post by KMAC179 » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:23 am

just FYI Atropine without 2-pam chloride will do very little for you if you are exposed to an agent.
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Post by estoteparati » Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:43 pm

Love mine beefy. Review below.
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Re: Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by Whackpack7 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:36 am

KMAC179 wrote:just FYI Atropine without 2-pam chloride will do very little for you if you are exposed to an agent.
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Re: Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by estoteparati » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:23 pm

Here is my beefy (larger than fatty). This one is stuffed to the gills and can handle a lot of scenarios.

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Contents:
Outside pocket:
- Esee survival card
- Fisherman Knots cards
- Miscellaneous knots cards

Inside pockets (not visible):
- Rite in the rain notepad
- Assorted needles
- assorted safety pins
- hairbands
- roadpro ranger rubber bands (similar to bicycle tire bands)

Side2:
- Hand warmers
- Purell sanitizer wipes
- Tuf cloth pouch (anti-rusting for knives/tools)

Inside pockets (visible):
- Tuff-writer pen
- Firestarter magnezium tube
- Firestarter Armageddon
- Wegner lighter
- Solkoa fastfire cubes
- Exotac Matchcap XP with storm-proof/NATO matches inside and extra match strikers

- ZebraLight Headlamp - H51 + 2 extra AA batteries
- Photon light
- Uncle bill tweezers
- few carabiners
- military 2x3 survival signal mirror
- esee ceramic razor blade
- Type IV 750lb rated paracord bracelet - 25 feet
- dental floss
- long tweezers
- Leatherman Surge
- potable aqua water purification tablets
- Cyalume Glowstick
- Storm Whistle
- Illgear Titanium spork (similar to snowpeak)
- Esee Candiru knife
- Bunch of zip ties (various sizes)
- Xacto precision knife
- Snap-on folding blade/filer/can opener
- Reusable Flexi-ties


Thinking of adding:
- Gerber Shard
- Compass

My Conclusion: Personally I love this Maxpedition Beefy pouch. Its heavy, but that's the way I packed it and it has plenty of tools one would use in all sorts of emergency situations.

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Post by crypto » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:17 pm

All of you, put a freakin condom or two in there. Sheesh. You might need it someday. Well, West Point might not, but the other guys might.
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Post by Dogan » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:23 pm

crypto wrote:All of you, put a freakin condom or two in there. Sheesh. You might need it someday. Well, West Point might not, but the other guys might.
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Re: Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by dtwn92 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:23 pm

Thanks for the solid reviews. Love what you both have done with these. I have one of these laying around the house....guess what my next project is? :clap:
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Re: Review: Maxpedition Fatty Pocket Organizer

Post by 88sport » Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:55 pm

Sorry if I may be doing a slight necro here, but the fact that you can cram a freaking Leatherman Surge into the corner of this thing means it is HUGE. I EDC a surge and it is heavy just it, the bit kit, and the somewhat okay maybe nylon pouch. How much does the entire pouch weigh kitted out? Could you feasibly pack in a small silnylon tarp for shelter to make this like a mini-BOB? If I can find one of these things for cheap, I might be getting one to use as a small kit for my truck due to lack of available space for a full on BOB in-cab and for the cars as well.
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