So this is a more a review of my EDC gear than the Remora. Since I've only had the bag for a while, I'm still re-arranging things to get it settled. Suffice to say, the bag is as solid as every other bit of Maxped gear Ive seen.
As you can see, its quite small beside the fatboy jumbo, in fact if I were to remove the external pouches, I could probably fold the full remora up into the empty jumbo. I've replaced the zipper-pulls with colors (Idea care of Mercop, iirc) To help explain where things are to others.
Right now I've got a mini-roly-poly, single sheath for Vic swisstool, and Anemone pouch. I'm not sold on the anemone in this case, but I'm having trouble organizing, so maybe you guys will have some suggestions once I'm done.
This is an EDC kit, so I'm in and out of it several times a day. Right now I'm in south east queesnland, so fairly tropical climate.
These two pics show one, how full the main compartment is, and second, almost all of whats in it. Unlike the fatboy, the remora has a tall thin main pouch, which naturally falls closed, so getting things in and out can be tough, so prioritizing things is important.
So starting across the top of the pic, we've got, Tattoo covers (at least I like my job), FAK, crash shears, and zipties. those live in the back part of the pouch, which is held in place by a velcro and elastic tab. Very nice design feature. Some soap, roll gauze and gloves are in there too.
Next we've got, spare bandana, izula and AH-1 (no reason really, just because) spare 0.5L platy-bag, and elastic bandage, these are on the bottom, with the izula up one side. Then we've got meds, lighter, watch, gum, hand salve, and the yellow tube is Vitamin b energy drink tablets.
I carry the extra water bottle, as I normally only carry a .5L for use, so if I needed to do some serious walking (30km between work and home) I'd need a bit more water. I'll shortly be adding the sunscreen back to the bag, human-gear go-tubes are very handy!
Mini-organizer in the other main sleeve, sharpies, pens, spyderco stone, and 1L silnylon drybag. not shown is a hotel sewing kit, figure 9 biner, and some 2mm and 3mm static cord. Thoughts on the mini-organizer, its not biased toward the load, so once you fill it, it starts to curl up. No idea how they would fix that, but it fits that section of the bag like it was meant to be.
Front pocket, We've got rite-in-the-rain pad and pen, Vic wrench kit, snow-peak chopsticks, sunglasses bag, earplugs (attenuators and pressure relievers) CAFFEINE, spork, spare batts (AAAs for E05, and AAs in case I carry my E21) also have a pair of sliver-grippers attached to the key keeper. A couple things about the front pocket. The elastic loops press whatever you put under them into the very front slip pocket, so if you over load them, you can't get anything in or out. Not good, as I was planning on using it as a wallet pocket. Its also an odd shape, tapered towards the bottom, so it can make it hard to reach into.
And the odd junk that I've put in the anemone, the little stuff in the can is the Vic corkscrew, a scout size firesteel I busted the handle off of for space saving, ear hook for my bluetooth. Then we've got the bluetooth (blueant T1, very good unit, no complaints so far, seems pretty decent, given how good any of them seem to be. I do wish it the longer range standard though) 12v-USB, cable, and USB drive. Overkill for sure, but it was the same cost as the other high cap USB3.0 stick I was looking at, and corsair is a good name. Hella-quick too! this stuff was in the front pocket, but I was tired of taking everything out to find stuff.
Of course, a little para-cord stash! never have enough. Also hanging off the pack from all the d-rings are a Fenix E05, MSR packtowel, Spudz-cloth and an assortment of S biners.
Not shown is a small piece of Ikea cutting board in the back CCW pouch for a plate. sometimes very helpful to have.
I've been considering getting some bungee and a cord lock to attach my little otterbox to one side for a cell-phone safe. But that would involve removing the anemone, not a bad thing, and only really necessary if I'm heading out to the beach or other sand area, so not a permanent feature. Alternatly, I could use the otterbox for the electronincs and such, and ditch the anemone, again, always more options.
A couple of things I should have in the bag that I don't have, a mirror, and small magnifier. Other than that, not much else I can think of. Any ideas folks? the basic idea is to have everything to handle unexpected events during the day, and if needed, to be able to handle the more major events that could occur.
Some might see this as overkill, but I do use this stuff (partly because its there) since any given day I might be working anywhere from a hotel/resort, to a urban downtown core, to a rural area.
Thanks for the input!
Edit: the more I think about it, the more I'm concluding that there is no reason I need to make the Remora into more of a walk-home bag. My main workplace is about 30km from home, so I could walk it, and I don't think I'll be adding stuff to the remora to make that an easier task, as that over-loads the bag for EDC which is the primary goal. Figuring on about 6 hours to walk it, maybe I don't need much more kit? maybe I'm thinking it would be more difficult than it is? I'm Ill, I suspect that there will never be an end to this process.