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Alternatives to Maxped Fatty

Discussion in 'Other Carrying Devices' started by LausDeo, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. LausDeo

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    I'm thinking about getting a maxpedition fatty organizer for some items of mine but wasn't sure if there any other alternative pocket organizers around the same size or build I should be looking at or considering before spending the cash. Can anyone recommend anything?
     
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  3. LausDeo

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    Hmm..

    That "Rat-Pack" by specops looks comparable in size to the Fatty Organizer but it's interior pockets give it more of a cluttered than organized look in my humble opinion. I don't know.
     
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    No...the Pack Rat is about 2.5-3 times the size of the MaxP F.O.
    The pocket organizers are almost exactly the same as the MaxP organizer.
     
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    The PackRat is larger than the Fatty. However, most of the interior pockets are arranged vertically, so depending on how you load it up, most of your stuff could end up towards the bottom of the bag. There are no elastic loops for the smaller items, so keep that in mind. It's great for medium to larger items but not as great for the smaller items.

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    I love the pack rat but the way the pockets are arranged, makes if pretty fat toward the bottom when loaded up, making the exterior pockets sorta useless. Would be nice if it had staggered pockets.
     
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    I am in the same situation, and I am choosing between the Fatty and a Condor Sidekick, available on eBay. Worried about the quality if the Condor though, it is a bit cheaper than the Maxped...

    I also have a Rat Pack, use it for my Vespa tools - I love it but it is for larger items, as previously stated.
     
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    The Condor can be a hit or a miss. I have bought some here and there and encountered issues with the stitching and elastic.
     
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    What? Really? [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback everyone, I will definitely take it into consideration.
     
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    Don't get him started enki_ck. Don't want to cause a coronary. :)

    I'm not trashing M*xped. I own several organizers and they've served me fine. But, as points of fact, speaking to the consequences of washing a product, from M*xped's site, care instructions state ... do not machine wash. That is important to remember, since the warranty goes on to say our products are fully warranted to the original owner against manufacture's defects for the lifetime of the product ... [but] does not apply to damages caused by improper care. "Improper care" would seem to include machine washing.

    As a related aside, also interesting to note this warranty stipulation: This warranty only applies to the original purchaser of the product, and only to products purchased and used in the United States of America.

    Not every company can have a Leatherman-like warranty.
     
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    Suffice it to say: I've bought her lingerie with a better warranty.

    Can't blame it on Enki_ck, this time. I was already there.
     
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    Can't help but wonder, how do they treat warranty claims from military serving outside the U.S. ... a significant slice of their customer base. Or, for that matter, how 'bout our international members who own a M*xped or two.
     
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    Shabbily, I'm sure.
     
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    I'll be the first to agree, what real value is a warranty when it's filled with exclusions and exceptions. I wasn't aware of the "inside the US-only" restriction until read warranty prior to post. Clearly, "hard use" means something different to me.
     
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    I have two of their products but as I live in Europe, I've already voided the warranty just by owning the product. And I'm the first owner. [​IMG]
     
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    I dunno, I never had to throw a backpack or similar piece of gear into a washing machine. Hahahaha!
     
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    Yeah, that is an incredibly bad decision for them as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    I agree Don (although I'd be reluctant to call a washing machine "hard use"), but being the occasional over-thinker, can't help but wonder ... do their warranty exclusions, e g. accident, unreasonable use, improper care ... or negligence, coupled with the machine wash exclusion ("don't get wet and agitate"), mean that my warranty was void in this instance ... whitewater trip on Salmon River, Idaho ... took an unplanned dunk in the water for about a minute ... had a M*xped organizer on my belt. Did that constitute accident/unreasonable use/improper care/negligence/washing machine-like treatment? With all those loopholes, all subject to their interpretation, I could've been up the creek (no pun intended :)) had I returned under warranty.

    I'm content having a couple of their organizers, but for more expensive gear, give me a Leatherman- or REI-like warranty (or any number of other companies).
     
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    I think the main thing about the washing machine clause has more to do with the detergent removing the DuPont and/or Teflon or whatever coating they have on the nylon. So...I can sort of see that in a way if it is a detergent-based concern. As I said, I've been using stuff like this since I was a kid and I have never washed a backpack or anything like this stuff in a washing machine so it's a non-starter for me. The directions, and I could be wrong as they are from memory, is that you use a damp cloth to wipe off dirt or mud or whatever and I just don't see anything wrong with a company voiding a warranty if you use some detergent that is then going to cause some type of further dirt-involved damage.

    The truth of the matter is, the guy acted like an :censored: on these forums and he's paying for it with this kind of anti-Maxpedition sentiment, which I don't have a problem with. But it seems that in the desire to do that, it's expanding to this sort of thing, "But I can't wash my Maxpedition DevildogRosieFatAssBag in my GE washing machine! It's JUNK!" I don't think that is quite fair at all really.