January 31, 2016 By Jim
I knew we were in for something different as soon as I saw the Maxpedition booth at SHOT Show® this year. Gone were the wire racks filled with bags, pouches, and accessories, replaced by a new spacious and well organized display. In hindsight, there was a hint there of what’s to come with the new Maxpedition AGR line of products.
Maxpedition AGR – Advanced Gear Research
Debuting this year with 12 new products, 6 packs and 6 pouches, the Maxpedition AGR (Advanced Gear Research) line has been engineered from the ground up with new materials, components, and styling with an eye toward increasing durability, comfort, and utility. Three colors will be available – black, gray, and tan.
1000-Denier ballistic nylon fabric is still the predominant material in these bags but it is now accented with hexagonal 500-Denier Ripstop material in selected locations. The traditional attachment webbing has been replaced by a new patent-pending Attachment Lattice System cut from 840-Denier Nylon-TPU composite and selected bags feature a rigid fleece-lined EVA pocket. Velcro fields are inset for a smoother finished look.
Shoulder and sling straps are now constructed of Nylon seatbelt webbing for increased user comfort and Duraflex Xlite buckles keep everything connected. Newly designed Positive Grip zipper pulls facilitate easy use of the YKK zippers with bare or gloved hands.
The bags and pouches feature a gray interior for improved visibility of contents and a see-through Gossamer Mesh is used extensively on the interior pockets.
These are just a few of the details but, suffice to say, the Maxpedition AGR products are chock full of changes and refinements.
Maxpedition AGR – IRONSTORM and IRONCLOUD
The IRONCLOUD adventure travel bag is the largest of the Maxpedition AGR products with a whopping 3,780 cubic inch (62 L) interior volume. The slightly smaller IRONCLOUD is an airline carry-on sized bag with 2,930 cubic inches (48 L) of interior volume.
Maxpedition AGR – EDGEPEAK and GRIDFLUX
The EDGEPEAK and GRIDFLUX sling packs have interior volumes of 910 cubic inches (15 L) and 1,100 cubic inches (18 L) respectively. Both feature a padded tablet compartment and fleece-lined rigid EVA pocket.
Maxpedition AGR – RIFTCORE and WOLFSPUR
Rounding out the selection of bags are the 1400 cubic inch (23 L) RIFTCORE backpack and 670 cubic inch (11 L) WOLFSPUR shoulder bag. Both feature a fleece-lined EVA pocket and stowable waist belt. The RIFTCORE adds an adjustable sternum strap and loop-lined middle compartment, while the WOLFSPUR features a loop-lined CCW compartment optimized for quick access.
Maxpedition AGR – Advanced Gear Research Pouches
A total of six pouches were also introduced along with a new style of TacTie Polymer Joining Clips (patents pending). The pouches are available in the same colors as the bags and include:
- CAP – Compact Admin Pouch, 5 x 2.5 x 7.5 inches.
- FRP – First Response Pouch, 6 x 2.5 x 9 inches
- DEP – Daily Essentials Pouch, 5.5 x 2.5 x 8 inches
- AUP – Accordion Utility Pouch, 6.5 x 3 x 7.5 inches
- PHP – iPhone 6 Pouch, 3.5 x 1 x 7 inches
- PLP – iPhone 6 Plus Pouch, 4 x 1 x 7.5 inches
Each pouch comes provided with the appropriate TacTie Polymer Joining Clips to facilitate modular attachment.
Maxpedition AGR – Conclusions
Introducing this new line of products was no small undertaking for Maxpedition and consisted of much more than just cutting new patterns before sewing the bags together. Literally every part of the bag has been changed or refined to take advantage of the latest and best materials.
Being stuck in my ways, I was initially uncertain about some of the new materials but Tim Tang did an excellent job of pointing out how the changes weren’t just for aesthetics and actually had the potential to make the bags even more durable than before. After learning more about the design considerations and how the bags are assembled, I walked away thoroughly impressed. It looks like Maxpedition will have a winner on their hands with the new Advanced Gear Research Products.
Products and their pricing information should be available in the spring. In the meantime, keep an eye on the Maxpedition website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed. Also stay tuned for more articles from the 2016 SHOT Show.