I have yet to find a bag that has a nifty little compartment for all of my EDC and "just in case" needs. I'm sure one exists, but I haven't found it. I have found a bag that I really, really like though and, while it doesn't have nooks and crannies for solutions to every possible situation life will throw at me, Jeff Bruckwicki over at H.L. Human (and head seamster/co-founder at Nock Co.) is busy creating bags and cases to make sure all my "dailies" have a place to live.
I've talked about Nock Co. cases before, which create a space for my pens and notebooks and index cards, but what about my other stuff like extra carabiners, paracord, chargers, flashlights and batteries? Is that stuff just relegated to a life of rolling around at the bottom of my bag? Destined to become lost to the shreds of paper and pocket lint?
Sir Bruckwicki says, "Nay, nay!" For he has created a rather handy little zippered pouch and he tossed one in with my last Nock Co. order so I could test it out and take a look at it for him. (That's my disclaimer, by the way, I got this bad boy for free on a first-look basis.)
So back to The Pouch. It's made from sturdy black Cordura nylon with a beefy YKK zipper. On the left-hand side is a brand new HL Human Sew Tag, co-created by yours truly and a 1 3/4" loop which comes in handy for holding on to when you're zippering or adding a carabiner for clipping onto your pack, belt loop or hiking rig.
For something so simple, Jeff really thought it through well and created a usable, very well-made piece for your EDC kit. The stitching is super clean and tight, as I've come to expect from all of my H.L. Human and Nock Co. products and the branding is minimal. I added a really fun little Aqua paracord zipper pull that I snagged from Nock Co. to it to make the zipper easier to access and to give it a little pizzazz.
So what's it for? The pouch, while sturdy, has no structure so it's great for holding any manner of gear from the aforementioned EDC stuff to first aid gear and jelly beans. I've packed mine to the gills with a flashlight, pen, backup charger, USB cable, batteries, carabiners and various other little items that I sometimes need but never have a place for.
It's sturdy enough that I imagine it'll hold up well to daily carry, but soft enough to be able to flex with odd-shaped items inside. And, when empty, it's easy enough to smooth out flat or fold in half so it rides in a bag pocket without taking up too much space or becoming a burden.
I'm a big fan of the Lihit Bag-in-Bag cases because they will hold various items and you can grab them out of one bag and stick them in another. This little pouch from Jeff is similar in that all my goodies are in one spot and I can just grab it out to retrieve the item or items I need without having to dig around in my bag or, if I'm switching bags for the day, I can just grab the pouch and put it in which ever bag I'm going to carry that day. I can also see a need for multiples of these, maybe identified by different zipper pulls for different kits (camping, first aid, fishing, electronics, hunting, etc.). I can see my bank account shrinking now...
I'm not sure when Jeff will have these up, but I'm sure they'll be available via the H.L. Human store so be sure and check back for updates on these cases and all of the other awesome everyday carry items he has up for grabs. There are a lot of solutions to a lot of problems all in that one tiny corner of the internet and it's definitely worth a browse. I'm looking forward to these becoming a regular item so I can grab a couple more for some other EDC needs I have. Until then, I'll keep this one close so as not to lose it to jealous readers that might be interested in having my prototype.
Thanks to Jeff for sending this over. I think it's a hit for sure.
Thanks for reading,