Outdoor Research Backcountry Organizers
A great lightweight, well though out organizer for…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $18
A great lightweight, well though out organizer for hiking, backpacking, or general travel needs. Features loads of internal compartments, waterproof zippers, and quality construction from thin but durable nylon. This review is of the medium sized option, or #2.
- Many well thoughout and useful internal compartments
- Lightweight and easily packable non-rigid structure
- Solid construction
- Comes in three different sizes
- Potential tradeoff between lightweight build and longterm durability
- A little pricey for a small organizer when not on sale
From the manufacturer:
The Backcountry Organizers have a multitude of pockets and compartments designed to hold small items. They're the perfect place to start if you're building a DIY dopp kit or first aid kit.
Fabric 100% nylon,70D with TPU lamination // 100% siliconized nylon 30D
DIMENSIONS / 1: 7" x 5" x 2"/ 18 cm x 13 cm x 5 cm 2: 9" x 51/2" x 21/2" / 23 cm x 14 cm x 6 cm 3: 91/2" x 5" x 4" / 24 cm x 13 cm x 10 cm #1: #35111 #2: #35116 #3: #35121 AVG. WEIGHT / 2.9 oz / 82 g 3.4 oz / 98 g 3.4 oz / 96 g
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 3.4oz / 98g (#2)
These are a very nice line of well thought out organizers from OR. I use mine for a kit of essentials that I take on all my hikes which includes matches, multi-tool, emergency blanket, lighting, etc..(see below). The design is very nice, and there are a multitude of internal pockets which allow for good flexibility for whatever purpose you intend to use it for. I find I can use the #2 size for a whole host of essentials (shown below), with plenty of room to spare if I need to add anything else.
What I actually prefer over other organizers I have used before is the fact that it is non-rigid which makes it much easier to pack, especially in an already full backpack. The smooth outer is also nice as it has no points of abrasion or potential snagging that might damage other more delicate items in your pack when you are reaching for it and dragging it out from the bottom of your pack!
external view, with one external pocket
a useful handle, great to hang and dry should you ever get it wet
Internal view: note all of the compartments
Usual contents I keep in it
Construction and Durability: I am generally a big fan of items that are lightweight but also retain solid construction and reasonable durability, and this item falls into that range for me. The fabric is very thin and light, but remains reasonably robust that I don't worry about tearing it.
As always, there is a tradeoff for lighter materials and durability and in that sense this product is no different, and I do fear that its weak point going forward will probably be a failure of the internal mesh pocket. However, I have scored it five stars, as so far it has held up perfectly.
I have always had great results with OR products and this is no different. The build quality is excellent.
I would say the downside is the price, msrp is between $30-35 for the range of sizes so it certainly isn't on the cheap side. However, I did manage to get mine on sale, and for $18, compared to the bulkier, and much less flexible organizer I was using previously, I would say it is a worthwhile investment, and I would happily recommend it to anyone looking to keep their backpack organized and keep weight down.
This is likely also a great product for any avid lightweight travelers.
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Outdoor Research Backcountry OrganizerAlways be prepared for anything on your next backcountry trip. From medical kit, kitchen tools, emergency survival kit, or simple travel accessories, the Outdoor Research Backcountry Organizer helps you customize your storage needs. It's the convenient solution to keeping your small items in one place so they don't get lost inside your pack. Your items will stay safe and sound within water-resistant nylon fabric. Its two-way zipper closure makes it easy to place them inside or to get them out of storage. The Backcountry organizer also includes multiple internal pockets and a zippered mesh pocket to keep your items separated. Whether you're going out for a day hike, camping trip, or bike ride, it's best to ensure your small items safe and tidy. Keep them in one place - inside the Outdoor Research Backcountry Organizer.
Whether you're stowing toiletries or putting a first aid kit together, start with the Outdoor Research Backcountry Organizer. The siliconzed nylon shrugs off wet conditions, and the multiple pockets keep small items safe and tidy.
Keep your small items organized with Outdoor Research's Backcountry Organizer. Perfect for a medical kit or a travel toiletry bag, it allows you to separate and securely hold everything you need away from home.
- Mountain Gear
These organizers are the best place to start if you're building your own kit; the Outdoor Research Backcountry Organizer (1-3) has a multitude of pockets and compartments designed to hold small items. The largest size has a fold out mesh pouch and a plastic hanging hook.
- Altrec Outdoors