How long have you been trying to find that “perfect” catch all EDC (Everyday Carry) bag? Your search is over. We take an in depth look at what may be the ultimate Tier Two bag from Maxpedition, the Fatboy Versipak.
By Josh, a contributing author of SurvivalCache.com
From the Manufacturer:
The Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack Everyday Carry Shoulder bag has a main compartment that is 8 inches x 6.5 inches x 3 inches. Is made from 1000 Denier water and abrasion resistant light weight nylon fabric. This versipack is a ergonomic durable shoulder sling pack. It is a portable gear organizer that provides secured containment for and rapid accessibility of daily equipment. The versatile main compartment has a huge 156 cubic inch of space with a water resistant storm collar that can be deployed by pulling a cord locked drawstring.
Construction/ Quality Control
Maxpedition is well known for their very high quality gear, those who claim that you are just paying for the logo, have obviously never used Maxped gear. Everything about the bag says rugged, heavy duty, and over built. With double stitching throughout, and high quality Cordura Nylon (not the cheap “ballistic” nylon found on cheaper products), this bag is amazing.
Philosophy Of Use
Maxpedition states that the bag can be used as a concealed carry bag, weapons bag, police go bag, travelers gear bag, photographers gear bag, hikers gear bag, or a casual bag. In my experience with the bag, it would probably work well in all of those instances. I have found that it works very well as a camera bag, as the waterproof main compartment will hold a very large DSLR or video camera. I am not old enough to conceal carry at the time of this writing, but when I do get my CCL, I doubt that I will carry my CCW in the Fatboy. This is not because the bag is not adequate for that purpose, it is just that I do not really feel comfortable with off-body carry of my primary defensive weapon. Despite being capable of carrying my entire first tier setup, or EDC, I still find myself carrying my keys with MDMT(Medium Duty Multi Tool), wallet, TFK (Tactical Folding Knife), and my phone on my person in my pockets or on my belt. If I ever have to drop my bag and run, I want to have my “bomb burst gear” intact.
Everyone likes lists as much as I do, right? Here is how I have my Fatboy loaded:
- Surefire LX2 Lumamax (Note: There is a pouch specifically designed for flashlights, guess where I keep mine.)
- Gerber MP600 (Note the “cell phone” pouch is just right for really big multi tools.
- CRKT Stiff Kiss
- Oakley M-Frame sunglasses (Note: The right side pocket is perfect for sunglasses or a GPS, I also sometimes roll with Revision Sawfly, or Hellfly shades.)
- Trauma bag (Note: Main compartment, a QuickClot Tactical Field Trauma bag fits perfectly.)
- Admin Items (Write In the Rain tablet, pens, pencils, etc, etc.)
- Peerless Handcuffs (Note: Fits the pocket built in to the top flap)
- Mechanix Gloves (Note: With perhaps the exception of Camelbak gloves, Mechanix gloves are the best I have ever had for general utility, and shooting.)
The only complaint that I have is about the “cell phone pouch.” The pouch is too tall for a standard free phone, and too narrow for a smart phone. I keep my multi tool here, but it would have been nice to be able to keep a cell phone handy. If Maxpedition ever does a revised version, I hope they either eliminate the pouch and replace it with a couple of rows of PALS/MOLLE webbing, or re-size the pouch to actually fit a phone.
I have been the happy owner of my Maxpedition Fatboy Versipack for close to a year now. I have spent the entire time testing this bag and, putting off typing this review. Who would want to sit in front of their computer and type when they can be outdoors testing cool gear. I am very satisfied with my purchase. I am going to leave you with this word of caution, Maxpedition gear is addicting, my poor wallet (Maxpedition makes several) is always empty.