My Everyday Carry Bag (EDC Bag) took forever to finally settle on. I wanted to replace my purse with something more durable, pleasing to my eye and with multiple storage options.
Below are the bags I ended up choosing between and information about what I was looking for in a bag.
I’ve always been a black purse kind of girl, so finding a black EDC bag was a must. Thankfully everything I looked at came in black, so that made things much easier.
But if I wasn’t looking for a plain black bag, the Maxpedition bags come in a ton of colors…even pink.
I ended up narrowing down my choices to one particular style, but I still couldn’t decide. One of the things that held me back was the idea of a cross-body bag. I’ve always just thrown a bag over my shoulder.
I didn’t know whether or not I could also do that with a cross-body bag. I didn’t want to go out and buy something to later realize I couldn’t just put it on my shoulder if I wanted to.
Of course, everything ended up fine and I don’t look like a major dweeb when it’s just on my shoulder like a standard purse. But I also love the option of cross-body, which is oddly comfortable and convenient when your hands are full. I always hated how my purse would start falling off my shoulder when I was carrying lots of stuff. Problem solved.
Another important thing was to have somewhere to carry a bottle of water. Over the last couple of years, I’ve gotten into the habit of bringing a 16.9 ounce bottle of water with me everywhere. Not a bad habit to get into.
A lot of the bags out there come with concealed carry compartments, which could potentially be a selling point for many people. However, I’m not interested in keeping a gun in a purse.
Purses get stolen all the time; the last thing I need is somebody to steal my purse and get my gun in one fell swoop. Not going to happen.
Although, if you’re wearing it as a cross-body bag…that makes it much more difficult for somebody to run by and snag it from you. You would probably have to be robbed and actually hand it over to them.
Of course there are many other options for using the concealed carry compartment. You could keep extra magazines in there, cash, important papers, coupons…lots of stuff.
I also wanted something that wasn’t too big and bulky, but not too small. I wanted to be able to carry my regular purse items in addition to some other important items.
Not to mention the fact that I didn’t want my bag to scream “Prepper!” and draw attention to me. I don’t like to advertise it.
I’m the kind of person that goes out and reads every review they can get their hands on before making most purchases. I like to make the right choice the first time.
It might take a long time doing so much research, but I find that I’m usually happy with my purchases and have far less returns and issues.
Price: The Maxpedition bags are just flat out more expensive than the others. Why? They are some sturdy, well made SOBs. But I wasn’t quite sure if the extra bucks would be worth it. I kept going back and forth in my head between the cheaper bags (ie: 5.11, Condor and UTG) and the longer lasting Maxpedition bags.
This was probably the hardest part of my decision. I don’t like to waste money.
What got me on track was thinking about how long the different bags might last. Like the 5.11 PUSH Pack, Condor EDC bag and the UTG Tactical Messenger bag: these might only last 1 or 2 years. But the Maxpedition bag, it could probably go at least 10 years (unless you’re beating it up on a daily basis LOL).
So over the course of 10 years, I could purchase 1 Maxpedition bag or about 5 of the cheaper ones. That made my choice pretty clear: it would be much cheaper over time to purchase 1 slightly more expensive bag opposed to multiple cheaper bags.
The cheaper bags are around half the price or less, but I think spending the extra money now to get a sturdy, dependable bag is the best choice for me. It took a while to get to that decision, but I’m glad I did.
So…what bag did I end up choosing for my Everyday Carry Bag? Great question.
I ended up choosing the Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack, but decided upon the left carry option…the Maxpedition Jumbo S-Type Versipack. It’s exactly the same as the Jumbo Versipack except everything is backwards.
After looking at the bags for so long and getting used to where everything was, I thought it might be a little weird having everything reversed. It was fine, no big deal. I’m glad I got the left carry Versipack, it’s so comfortable and fits me perfectly.
I don’t regret spending the extra money to get the Maxpedition bag over the cheaper alternatives at all. It was money well spent and this bag feels like it will outlive me. haha
The only thing that was odd (even though I read about it in reviews) was how stiff the material is. At first I thought it would probably just stay that way forever and I would have to deal with it. But over time it has slightly loosened up a bit and is easier to work with.
I love all the pockets and storage the Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack give me, not to mention the strong construction. I’m really turning into a big fan of Maxpedition products. They might cost more, but so far they are well worth it.