Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review: Maxpedition iPhone holster

On ANZAC day, after going to the parade with Triceratops Girl and Tactical baby, I visited my good friend at his place, and she showed me his new daypack, which I reviewed the other day, he was quick to point out that the pouch on the main chest strap was a separate piece. I was taken by that piece too, pulled it off to look at as well. Turns out it was the Maxpedition Phone 5" Holster in the "clip" configuration. I borrowed a spare phone, slipped it in and took some snaps.
 The construction is a taco of 1000d Cordura type fabric, again Teflon coated for grime resistance, and heavily bartacked throughout.

 Like all Maxpedition gear, the internal seams are fully taped and sealed. This might be overkill for a phone pouch, especially one that is only a partial cover, but it shows consistency of construction and attention to detail. Apart from the webbing loop and Fastex style clip closure, the pouch features a wide band of elastic to cinch the phone in place. These combined methods ensure a very firm hold on the phone, with no slip or sway noticeable.

The back of the pouch features three bands of webbing, which act as an attachment point for the heat treated heavy duty spring steel clip, which has a jet black powder coat, which will accommodate a belt loop up to 6.35cm (2.25") wide.

The clip can be replaced with MALICE clips or Maxpeditions own TacTie attachment strips to affix it to PALS/MOLLE webbing. this variety of attachment options appeals greatly to me. I also liked the way the pouch was able to take the phone seen here in a case, with both plenty of room, but also held it snug, still leaving the camera exposed. Whilst leaving the device somewhat exposed, would allow for timed photos or video to be taken whilst wearing the phone, an idea that greatly appeals to me. This is a cool little pouch, and I may well consider picking one up for myself.

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