XPAC® Secret Utility Double-Sided Pouch by Maratac®
XPAC® Secret Utility Double-Sided Pouch by Maratac®
Now In Limited Edition - X-PAC™ Waterproof Fabric!
X-Pac is a laminate technology created by taking multiple layers of material and bonding them together with heat, pressure, and adhesives. This process was first developed and distributed by the sailcloth-making company, Dimension-Polyant.
X-Pac has become a carry community favorite due to being durable, waterproof, and holding an impressive strength-to-weight ratio.
This is just what you have been looking for to organize all the stuff you carry in your cargo pockets even your backpack pockets.
The outside organizes your pens, pocket tools, rulers neatly together in one place. But wait, there’s more. There is even a black anodized grommet to attach a tether to prevent loss.
But what is so “secret” about this Utility Pouch? It’s the low profile zippered pocket that will hold cash, a boat load of credit cards, secret notes, and quite possibly your manifesto.
Dimensions: Main Secret Compartment Outside: 6.25” Tall X 4.5” Wide
Main Secret Compartment Inside: 5.5” Tall X 3.25” Wide
Weight 1.0 Ounces
Features 6 each, Exterior Pen/Pencil Slots
XPAC® Secret Utility Double-Sided Pouch by Maratac® in Action
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I picked this up because I wanted to have a replacement for when my 1000D secret utility pouch wears out. I use it for front-pocket EDC organization, and you can find my review for the older version of this pouch here on CC. I wanted to point out the differences between the two that I found noteworthy and not mentioned in the CC description,
Material: the X-PAC material is a little more lightweight and pliable. the weight isn't noticeable when carrying, but the pliability means that it more readily reshapes to your kit. X-PAC being naturally waterproof is a definite upgrade, since the coating on the 1000D nylon of the old model will crack and peel where the fabric is constantly being crushed down- for me, that's just beneath the zipper.
Dimensions: This pouch is roughly 0.128" taller than the previous rev. Not a huge difference, but much of that is in the edging around the top, which has the nice side effect of quieting the (YKK) zipper down in the X-PAC model. The outside pockets are also deeper on this model- approx. 4" from the top of the bottom edging to the top of the pocket. This is up to a .25" increase in depth. The grommet is identical, as far as I can tell.
Fit and Finish: I think this has improved, overall. The pockets are all of uniform depth and are spaced more evenly (each side has pockets that are roughly 1 1/4", 1 7/8", and 15/16"). The old model had less precision on the stitching that divides the pockets and the depth of the pockets varied because the fabric that formed them was a little cocked. The stitching of the X-PAC model had a few loose thread loops, but nothing is coming undone- just a little less polished in that regard.
Overall, I'm really pleased with this new model, and I would heartily recommend anyone who liked the 1000D nylon version to check it out. The only thing I can't comment on is durability, since this is still a new product and it's been riding aroundin my pocket daily for a mere month or so.
Overall I like this pouch. Some modifications were made for my use. I removed the stitches on one side to remove the small pen pockets. This allows me to carry a 3x5 inch notebook in the now singe larger pouch. On version 2.0, I would remove the zipper for the inside pouch. It takes up room that could allow a slightly wider object inside pocket. Maybe a small piece of velcro or just leave it open could work here instead of the zipper. I am using a dynema card holder from CC that just fits inside due to the zipper slide. A second grommet would be nice to use a piece of paracord to hand around my neck. This pouch is used in my firefighter bunker pants. I appreciate how thin it is. Overall, good job.
I carry this item every day. I switch my daily items carried depending upon the tasks scheduled for me, so keeping the items in the pouch makes it faster to keep my administrative items together when going back and forth between a backpack or briefcase. The bright colors make it easy to locate no matter which method of carrying I am using. I would like to see it with an inch longer in length so that my pens can can take advantage of the clip and keep them more secure in the external pouch slots. Maybe the next generation will be a bit longer.
Just received this so I haven’t decided what to use it for, but likely to hold some small tools. The fabric is very sturdy, seems like it will take a lot of abuse. The grommet is a a great feature. I can see having this tethered inside a larger bag keeping a few things at the ready without having to rummage around. Pretty stiff but I expect it will loosen up over time.
The grommet kills it. By going through front and back it hamstrings what can go inside - like a field notebook won't fit unless the grommet is cut away from either the front or rear.
LOVE the materials. Unfortunate grommet attachment, but guess that's what the customer wanted. Be nice to see a smarter version 2 in the future for all of us County Comm fans.