Maxpedition M5 Waistpack Review 2012/08/06
Having quick access to the gear you need is very important. Sometimes
when out and about you don’t want to wear a rucksack to only carry
small items and so having a good belt system makes a lot of sense to
me. The Maxpedition M5 Waistpack sits on your belt or can be worn
on a rucksack directly. Above all it serves to help you out by keeping
essential items close to hand.
"Founded in 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA, Maxpedition
successfully optimised the design ethos of American military-grade MOLLE
gear to suit the needs of everyday life and popularised its
functionality to a global audience." Maxpedition website.
The Maxpedition M5 Waistpack is a fairly large waist pack but on the
other hand it can sit next to a knife and firesteel perfectly on my
belt. I carry essential items which are useful to me as an individual
and these will of course change with person to person. Having
the Maxpedition M5 Waistpack as a grab bag works for me too.
The Maxpedition M5 Waistpack has one pocket on the exterior which has a
small zipped pouch. Once the main flap is unbuckled you have an
expandable pouch with two dividers contained within. A shock cord either
side for compression if needs be. The main compartment has 7 dividers of
different size, plenty for organising. However with all these dividers
you cannot simply stuff items in without carefully selecting which space
it can fit into first.
Overall the build quality is spot on with the stitch count and attention
to detail really standing out. Most importantly it always seems to be on
my belt. For the photographers out there the Maxpedition M5
Waistpack makes a good filter and memory card holder. On some occasions
I have needed to take photos around camp but wanted the flexibility of
being able to carry just a little more photo equipment (Variable NDs, CF
cards and batteries etc) without the hassle of a larger pack which can
get in the way.
The internal space on the Maxpedition
M5 Waistpack is just right, not too big not too small. Carry things like
tinder, firesteels and a spare headtorch!
Probably the best thing about the Maxpedition range is the number of
different sizes available, so if the M5 is not correct for you then
there are a ton of other options too.