My Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer

January 22, 2013

Product Reviews, Survival Kits

My Maxpedition EDC Kit

Many years ago, I made my first everyday carry kit (EDC) using an Altoids tin. Inside, I put all of the things I thought I’d need in a time of survival. I had a small candle, some waterproof matches, several fishhooks and line, ibuprofen, and even a small flashlight, among other things.

Looking back, I had shoved far too many luxuries in there and I didn’t have some of the things I eventually recognized that I should be carrying. Nevertheless it was a good first attempt. There are plenty of places on the web for making an EDC in an Altoids tin.

Over time though, I noticed some rust beginning to develop along the outside of the tin. Not too much, but enough to get my attention. When I opened the tin, I found that much of contents were also rusting. The fishhooks, the needle, the snare wire. There were all covered in rust. If I’d been in a survival situation, I’d have been in real trouble.

I tossed the tin and many of the items and started over.

Maxpedition EDCSince then, I’ve had several versions of the EDC Kit. I’ve used Altoids tins, other small tins, and even a thick, resealable plastic bag. They were all adequate and better than nothing, yet they had the same drawback. Everything was shoved inside, crammed to the point that I didn’t want to open it unless I really had to.

About 6 months ago, I decided to try something new. I bought a container for my EDC Kit rather than just scavenging something. As is my tradition, I researched my options, scouring the web for my alternatives. Many roads led one device: a Maxpedition E.D.C Pocket Organizer.

The Good

When my pocket organizer arrived, I immediately noticed how it was made. The material seems durable, the seams are well-stitched, and the zipper is rugged. It looks like it was built to survive a harsh treatment. On the front there is a mesh pocket that seals with velcro. The backside has 6 loops of nylon attachment webbing. The material appears to be somewhat water repellant, but I don’t know that to be the case.

Loaded EDC

Inside there are two large pockets, one on either side. Each pocket has a elastic organizer strips where you can slide items many of your survival items in there. In fact, I make heavy use of these. There is also a keyring and a loop. All in all, I can carry quite a few things in the kit.

The organizer does just that: it helps me keep the EDC Kit contents organized. If I have a headache, I’m not reluctant to unzip the EDC and retrieve a couple of tablets. I know exactly where they are, I don’t have to move a lot of stuff to get to them, and everything doesn’t spill out when I crack open the kit. That’s nice. It makes the kit far more useable.

The Bad

After using the EDC Kit for 6 months now, I’m hard pressed to find anything wrong with it. However I do have a few observations.

First, since I make heavy use of the elastic organizations in the middle of the kit, the center section gets quite thick while the edges remain very thin. This is not a good distribution. I really need to make better use of the two large slide pockets to reduce the kit’s bulk. In fact, I almost wish the pocket and elastic strips were turned sideways to run the length of the kit rather than the width of it.

Secondly, I find that the kit is too large to easily carry in a pocket. It’ll fit in the pocket of cargo pants, but not in the pocket of a pair of jeans. That means, unless you have a backpack with you, it may get left behind. A kits that’s not with you at all times is worthless. Maxpedition makes smaller versions that may be worth while: the Mini and the Micro. More is not always better.

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6 Comments on “My Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer”

  1. shockanawe Says:

    One item I stock up and recommend to others is ultra-high molecuar weight polyethelyne, the worlds strongest fiber. It uses the brand names Dyneema or Spectra, and is used for winch cables, yacht lines, braided fishing line, and body armor. It replaces 550 paracord with incredible strength to diameter ratio, and has thousands of survival uses. Check your favorite online auction for inventory, and can be shipped from Asia very inexpensively.


    • Joe Says:

      I’ve carried paracord for years; I’m not really familiar with the Spectra. Thanks for mentioning it, Shockanawe. I’ll look into it.


  2. Michael Garver (@michaelmgarver) Says:

    Spectra is difficult to work with. Unless you know the way to tie knots using Spectra I would suggest to stay with 550P. I like it because it takes up less space (premium), but I’ve fished with it for years, and it took me a while to learn it’s tricky ways.
    BTW… shouldn’t it be ‘EDK’? ;^)>


    • shockanawe Says:

      Thats a good point of the knots. When I first bought some fishing line it gave diagrams of recommended knots, and more can be found online. I see it as a non-issue myself. The braided line has near zero stretch, doesn’t retain water, and retains no memory. The winch lines are safer because they won’t store energy and spring back if they were to break, and weigh much less than steel, same as yacht line. A black 1000 meter roll of 100lb line has endless possibilities in a minute package, the 250lb line is still incredibly small, and the 1/4″ can tow a car easily. But if complexity of knot tying is a deterant to some people, i’m sure they’re not reading survival prepping websites. We in our mindset are always looking for tidbits of new knowledge to give us an edge to help protect our loved ones.



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