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The Drop: Maratac X-Pac Secret Utility Pouch

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Jonathan Tayag
The Drop: Maratac X-Pac Secret Utility Pouch

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It's a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

A pocket pouch carries your loose EDC essentials safely in your pocket without having them get jumbled around as you walk from place to place. But if the pocket features the wrong material, it can take up too much space in your pockets by itself. It can also weigh you down unnecessarily, cutting its usefulness as part of your EDC. That's not a problem with The Maratac X-Pac Secret Utility Pouch made by the EDC masterminds at CountyComm. It features a thin yet durable sailcloth material that has become an EDC community favorite because of its technical look and functional properties.

The Maratac X-Pac Secret Utility Pouch has a double-sided design with an exterior organization area for small pens and pocket tools that would otherwise get jumbled up in your pockets or your bag. The secret part of the Secret Utility Pouch is the low-profile zippered interior pocket designed to carry payment cards, cash, and other essentials that can otherwise fall out of the pouch. A metal lanyard hole is built into the pouch if you want to attach it to your pants belt loop or some of your other gear.

Because the Secret Utility Pouch features Dimension-Polyant's X-Pac material, the pouch weighs just 1 ounce, which is far lighter than other leather or ballistic nylon pocket pouches. It's also much thinner than those pouches, meaning the Secret Utility Pouch is more versatile and can fit in many different pants and bags, so long as they are at least 6.25” tall and 4.5” wide. You can choose between three colors for this American-made material: Black Onyx, high-visibility Coast Guard Orange, and bright Fluorescent Yellow.

What we like: It's good to see X-Pac make its way to smaller EDC goods like pocket pouches with the Maratac X-Pac Secret Utility Pouch. It offers substantial strength to weight and helps you lighten your load while organizing your EDC gear simultaneously.

What to watch out for: While they call this the “Secret” Utility Pouch, you won't be able to conceal the contents of the inner pocket from anyone who has their hands on the pouch itself. The thin material and the fact that they have physical access to the item will mean they can get into it quickly.

Final verdict: If you're looking for a lightweight EDC pocket pouch, the Maratac X-Pac Secret Utility Pouch is hard to beat. It can even double as a wallet if you pare things down to the essentials and keep only a few payment cards in the hidden compartment.

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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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