Everyday Carry

Arc’teryx Mantis 2 Waistpack

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Jonathan Tayag
Arc’teryx Mantis 2 Waistpack

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When you’re trying to keep things lightweight, you might opt to forgo carrying a big bag for your EDC. But if you find yourself struggling to carry everything in your pockets, you should consider carrying a small bag for the overflow. One that’s well-designed, like the Arc’teryx Mantis 2 Waistpack, can help you keep your small valuables safe and easily accessed as you go about your day, whether you wear it traditionally around your waist or slung over your shoulder like a sling.

With a snug 2.5 liters of capacity, you’re not going to be able to fit the kitchen sink inside the Mantis 2, but Arc’teryx made this waistpack in such an intelligent way that it complements your carry and makes it a joy to use day in and day out. The low profile bag features an open stash pocket and a zippered security pocket for main storage. The exterior zippered compartment is sized right for your sunglasses case and other small items you’ll access more frequently, and the main compartment can handle your bigger items.

The rear of the bag is padded with Spacermesh where it will rub up against your body for comfort, and the padding also hides a discreet rear pocket for higher-value items like your cell phone or your wallet when you’re on your travels. The main strap is detachable with buckles, and you can either keep it at its standard waist size or expand it a bit for use as a sling or shoulder bag when the situation demands it. And because the bag itself is made out of lightweight 420D HD nylon plain weave at 6 oz in total, it won’t add much heft to the gear you carry inside.

The Arc’teryx Mantis 2 is a great option if you’re looking for a small waist or shoulder pack that has a smart design and the looks that set it apart from the cheap bag you might have worn as a small child. With how useful and convenient the bag is, you may consider picking it up and using it even when you’re packing a bit heavier with a standard bag on your back for your frequently-used items. Either way, check out the link below and make it a part of your everyday carry today.

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Jonathan Tayag

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

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