VANQUEST PPM HUSKY - Personal Pocket Maximiser


The VANQUEST PPM HUSKY is the most well trained dog I’ve ever gone to work with : ) I’m a designer so I love design, both form and function and if I can have both, sit-up and rollover... well that’s just a payday bonus. This HUSKY has both in spades.

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I use a GORUCK GR1 21L for my EDC M.U.L.E. , it’s a wonderful piece of gear and I gush about it elsewhere in this blog and will do again in the future no doubt but the GR1 does lack detailed organisation. So what to do?

I bought my VANQUEST HUSKY PPM (Personal Pocket Maximiser) about 6 months ago when I was planning my EDC 50/50. I wanted a medium sized yet quite slim organiser, I could use for light tools, admin and charger-cable-management.  When the HUSKY arrived in the post, I opened the box and before I could pull it from it’s plastic bag and packaging I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. It had the right look and feel to match my GORUCK GR1 rucksack which it was to be paired with, Wolfgrey in colour and I especially liked the subdued orange interior, making gear super easy to spot in low-light. Built from 1000-D Cordura. and most importantly, it's just the right size. Plenty of well organised room for my gear and one of the few admin pouches I’ve seen that’s the right size for a pen? Two large useful slip pockets inside and one outside, big enough to easily slip a smart phone.




HOW TO MOUNT, CARRY AND INTEGRATE? - RIGID PLATFORM FORMAT... DISCUSS.
I considered what I might call a rigid platform format. What I mean by this, is where a pouch or organiser might be attached directly to the PALS within the GORUCK. I tried this with a Tactical Taylor Enhanced Admin Pouch. I found that this looked nice and worked well in Instagram photos but found it awkward to access. So I tried it just lose, so not attached to anything, this actually worked fine, although could be hard to find in a hurry, along with everything else that gravity had dragging to the bottom of my bag.


CARABINER
Now i’m sure it’s all been done before but I came to the conclusion that I could swing the HUSKY PPM from a carabiner. The best of both worlds, attached and safe, yet easy to find and super easy to access, even when my GORUCK was partly zipped-up. Just reach in and swing out. This works great for me but recently I have started using adjustable shock cord (not featured) to cinch the HUSKY down, especially if I’m riding my bike.

I like this solution so much I’m considering retirement of the HUSKY, in favour of X3 VANQUEST PPM slims? I envisage having them stacked side-by-side and to use one for each subcategory equipment. For instance;

1. Tools and Admin
2. Power and Cables
3. IFAK

This modularity makes gear easier to grab and swap-out if not needed for that day. I’d like this theory and will update this post as, when and if I do it.

SIZE MATTERS - BECAUSE IT DOES.
One of the most amazing things about the HUSKY PPM is how much room is has. I think it’s because:

1. The pockets have a good gape and are not sewn up to tight
2. The pouch doesn’t have much, if any padding, making it flexible
3. Because of the configuration of the elastic retention

More gear can be stowed without the dreaded bulge!




HOW THIS WORKS - THE SOLUTION
This solution requires 2 rows of elastic, with the 2nd row being sewn to the first, but staggered to the original, (think honey-comb, tiling a roof or eggs in a box) AND not sewn right through into the body of the pouch. The outcome is that gear can be stowed using the first row, more gear can be stowed in the second but in-between the first. My maths is crap but I think that’s 1.5 times the gear carry at very little extra bulge. So you can have your cake and eat it with out putting on weight,

“Literally genius and a bit supernatural ” : )




DESIGNED BY A PERSON WHO CARES
For me this is thing with regard to VANQUEST, the construction of the pouch is tough and bad-ass as required but there is also a wonderful care and consideration to the design and functionality. To me it feels like it was designed by a person who wanted it for them selves, that they had an idea of how it should work in the best possible scenario and made it real and the rest of us, well we get to benefit from that, in a tiny way everyday.


IN CONCLUSION - ALL THE RIGHTS
The VANQUEST PPM for me, is just right. The right size, the right construction, using the right materials. The right design, the right form, the right function, the right choice for my EDC detailed organisation. And it does it all like a good HUSKY should... sits-up and rollover. and carries your gear in a way that isn't going to ruin the line of your chinos or take up too much room in your backpack.


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I've included links to GEAR featured so you can find out more or even purchase. In some cases items have been upgraded or discontinued so I have linked to equivalents, I hope that's OK.

GEAR LIST:

• VANQUEST PPM HUSKY
• GORUCK GR1 21L
• GORUCK GR1 FIELD POCKET
• TRIPLE AUIGHT DESIGN S2 POCHES X2

• NALGENE 32 oz WATER BOTTLE
• FENIX RC05 FLASHLIGHT
• LEATHERMAN WINGMAN MULTITOOL
• EXOTACT MATCHCAP
• GAMIN FENIX 3 SAPHIRE

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