The Drop: Think Tank Photo Cable Management 5 Clear 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.

Pouches are perfect for keeping your gear organized, but once you start having more than one, it can sometimes be challenging to remember what you’ve put inside. Also, if you buy the same pouch, everything starts looking the same, and you have to search through a few organizer pouches before finding the gear you are looking for. In that case, consider an everyday carry pouch with a transparent window, like the new Think Tank Photo Cable Management 5 Clear Pouch.

The Cable Management 5 features a transparent 0.4mm PFT sheet on the sides of the zippered organizer and durable 210D x 320D double diamond ripstop nylon everywhere else to hold the pouch together. ThinkTank is a renowned maker of bags and accessories for photographers with many charging cables, batteries, and other small gear that must be organized and kept separate from delicate cameras, lenses, and tech equipment. But with the amount of tech everyone uses every day, that may also describe your own everyday carry needs. While you might not have cameras and lenses in your everyday carry, the practicality of the ThinkTank Photo Cable Management Clear Pouch’s design still offers substantial benefits for everyday carry.

With its wide, durable YKK RC zippered openings and clear front and back panels, you can quickly identify the contents of your organizer pouches without wasting time digging through them. Each clear pouch also comes with 3 of Think Tank’s high-visibility Red Whip cable managers to prevent tangling over time in your bag and pack. For added protection, each Cable Management 5 Clear Pouch has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating to keep out the elements.

What we like: We particularly like the Think Tank Photo Cable Management 5 for everyday carry use. Its small size and lightweight 2 oz heft add little bulk compared to other organizer pouches on the market.

What to watch out for: The Cable Management 5 uses YKK RC zippers, which boast excellent durability and abrasion resistance. However, they are less water resistant than YKK AquaGuard zippers and have a different look to them.

Final verdict: The clear side panels of the Think Tank Photo Cable Management 5 and the rest of this line are well-suited for practical everyday carry use. Seeing the gear you have packed inside can save you from fumbling around as you look for a small item in your bag or pack.

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