All through junior high and high school I carried an army surplus backpack which promptly fell apart end of senior year. A Jansport backpack took its place and lasted me through college up until last year when one of the straps ripped off. Since then I’ve been using various messenger bags/backpacks lying around the house to carry my stuff, but nothing was really working well. When traveling I carry a nebulzier, cpap, pulse oximeter, peak flow meter and other medical items along with anything else I might need. This does not make it easy to get through TSA. For every day needs I carry pretty much everything minus the cpap. This winter I started looking into tactical every day carry (EDC) bags and landed at Maxpedition’s website.
Maxpedition has many items all made out of heavy duty cordura, 1050-800 denier, and high strength nylon thread. Seams are double or quadruple stitched, stress points are box stitched and every seam is finished. YKK zippers allow for easy, durable opening of pockets and compartments with 550 paracord pull strings. Unless you’re purposefully trying to destroy their merchandise, Maxpedition gear is made to last for years and still look like you haven’t given it a beating.
I decided to go with a messenger bag and went with the Larkspur, the smaller of two options. The basic dimensions of the bag are:
- Approx. 15.5″(L) x 12.5″(H) x 4.5″(W)
- Main compartment approx. 14.5″(L) x 13.5″(H) x 4″(W)
- Two (2) 7.5″(L) x 9.5″(H) x 1.5″(W) pockets with Hook-&-Loop enclosure
- Two (2) 1.5″(L) x 6.5″(H) x 1″(W) sheath pockets with Hook-&-Loop enclosure flap
The beauty of this bag is all the velcro available for customization. The entire inside of the main compartment is velcro along with the flaps for the two front pockets and hidden pockets behind them. There are many options for pouches, dividers and organizers. Here’s a list of the accessories I’m currently using with it.
This pouch hooks onto velcro either in the main compartment or on the flap velcro for one of the two exterior pockets. The velcro on this utility pouch is pretty strong. There’s not way it’s going to accidentally open on you. If you’re looking for easy and quick or possibly quiet access, you might want to go with a zippered pouch.
Like the utility pouch, this can fit in multiple places where velcro is present on the Larkspur. I’ve folded the flaps for one of the exterior pockets in and am using the exterior velcro to slap the admin insert. I can easily grab pens without having to dig into my bag. The large pocket on this organizer just happens to be perfectly sized for an inhaler.
If there’s one accessory you buy for the Larkspur, it has to be the shoulder pad. Even the Jumbo Versipack comes with one. The velcro attachments allow you to attach it anywhere on the shoulder strap, and the strap may move independently of the pad preventing chafing. I don’t really see this as an add-on, and think Maxpedition should include it with the messenger bag.
This pouch has PALS webbing on one side and velcro on the other with a drain grommet for the main compartment. Inside is one large spot to organize your things with two flaps on the interior of the large sides. If you’re wanting to carry this solo, it is possible to attach a shoulder strap or use the bag as a MOLLE attachment. My use for this is to carry my Pari Trek S nebulizer. I can fit the compressor, battery pack, AC adapter, car adapter, tubing, medicine and neb cup inside this pouch with room to spare. I can easily drop this inside the Larkspur or my Jumbo Versipack as well as carry it by itself. It’s been a great help transporting the neb in an efficient manner.
Well I think that’s enough review for now. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Larkspur as well as an upcoming review of the Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack.