This is the kit I carry with me most of the time in my backpack. The case is a very, very handy ‘utility pouch’ from Outdoor Research. OR makes some nice gear and Ive been quite pleased with their stuff over the years. (I am expecially enamored with their Gore-Tex boonie cap.)

The case folds out into a roll that has plenty of pockets. Theres also a zippered see-through mesh compartment for small stuff. Couple lashing points on the exterior for a sling, keeper, strap or sliding onto a belt. Nice piece of gear.

The Browning is to show comparitive size. Actual dimensions are..uhm..lets see….2″x6″x10″..approx.

Handy enough to fit in my backpack without taking up too much room. I was originally using a hard plastic box but it took up too much space and wasnt flexible enough in terms of how items could be kept in it. I knew I was looking for something very much like what I have now and only got this case just last week. Only thing Id change is to put some ALICE webbing on the outside to allow attachment to my other gear or to allow attachment of small pouches or accessories.

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  1. There used to be a company in Seattle called Early Winters that would sometimes carry neat stuff. One such was a thin-walled rectangular aluminum box with a gasketed lid and aluminum roll-over latches on each end. I picked up a half dozen or so in two different sizes. The large size is about 5 x 3.5 x 1.25. I don’t have a small one in front of me so I’m not sure how big it is. But I use several of the small ones for first aid kits for the vehicles and for backbacking. For longer trips, I also carry one more can that provides supplementary material in a little greater depth and breadth. They’re great for the large assortment of small stuff and small tubes of assorted gunk, but bulky stuff like Ace bandages, won’t fit.

  2. I know just the box youre talking about too….I decided against the the ‘hard’ cases for a couple reasons…first of all, I wanted something that had some ‘give’ to it so I could stuff it into odd shaped areas or if I needed to cram even more gear into my bag. I tried to make sure none of the contents were in any way breakable…in theory, I should be able to drop this thing off a cliff, roll around on top of it, throw it against a wall and have nothing break or come apart. I also went with the soft case because it was quieter in terms of banging around in my pack since I usually carry a pistol, ammo, knife and flashlight in my bag as well.

    Finally, the ‘soft’ cases just seemed alot more flexible in how I could arrange things… the rigid containers couldnt stretch here and there to accomodate odd-shaped items.

    This isnt to say that the hard cases dont have a place, just that, to me, the soft case made sense for this particular need.

  3. Nifty.

    There’s a place in town I can pick one of these up. I wouldn’t mind having some first aid supplies in my pack (in which I carry school books/supplies and empty space).

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