Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Maxpedition 10" x 4" Bottle Holder

For a hopeless gearhead like me, the Maxpedition 10" x 4" Bottle Holder is an insanely fun piece of kit. It's designed to hold a 1 liter Nalgene or similar bottle and offers a number of different carry options.

As the name implies, the pouch is ten inches tall by four inches in diameter. There is a 2 inch wide strip of loop fabric for mounting nametapes or patches. On the front there is a zippered pocket which measures about 7 inches high by 4 inches wide by 1.5 inches thick. Inside this pocket there is a single 2" wide elastic keeper:

The inside of the main compartment is padded and there is a drain hole in the bottom:

The back has a lobster-claw style hook and five rows of PALS webbing. There are three rows of webbing, spaced five-wide, on each side. Also on the sides are D-rings for attaching a strap:

Versatility is this pouch's strongest asset. Here it is attached to the side of my Falcon II:

It can also be used as a stand-alone pouch or attached to a belt using two Malice Clips or something similar.  Here It is shown with a Maxpedition M-2 Waistpack and a salvaged strap attached:

Here I have attached a MOLLE to ALICE adaptor to the side:

As it turns out, ALICE webbing is exactly the right size for the Tactical Tailor clip-on phone pouch. Here it's shown holding a Sucrets-type box that I painted green:

And here I've attached a Gentex eyewear case. Along with the M-2 Waistpack, this is a nice setup for short hikes:

It's always good to have the means to boil water if necessary, and the GSI bottle cup is perfect for just that. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit the 10x4 very well. it's really tight and VERY difficult to remove from the pouch without some kind of "aid", like a piece of webbing slung under the cup or a stick poked through the drain hole. I've invented a kind of "extractor", but it's still a rough prototype, so I won't show it here.

I could go on and on about this pouch. Its modular possibilities are countless. I have shown only a couple of options. It's limited only by your imagination and your collection of other gear.

Semper Paratus

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