I try very hard to avoid either effusive praise or overly harsh criticism of gear since most of what makes gear good or bad is personal preference. However, I have been sufficiently impressed in two instances and sufficiently disgruntled in one that I thought I would share my thoughts. First the bad, just in case you get to the point that you can't read any more. Also, I have no vested interest in either company. In March, I purchased a Maxpedition Jumbo K.I.S.S. Versipack for EDC. I liked the features as described, including the concealed compartment that is big enough for a 5" XD45. It is organized well and I can carry a few books and an iPad in the main compartment, a basic first aid kit in the front compartment, spare magazines, trauma shears and a flashlight in a side compartment, and a water bottle. In the concealed compartment, I have my XD and a 20 round box of ammo. All good so far. The problem is, the nylon fabric is literally coming apart. There is a grab handle at the top, which is where I usually grab it. Go figure. Just below the left side, the nylon has pulled apart. I first thought the stitching on the seam failed, since that is usually a weak point. Nope, the stitching still looks amazingly strong. But the fabric has pulled apart. Not good. I have been on Maxpedition's web site this morning, and there is precious little related to customer service. I will let you know how I fare with that. On to more pleasant topics. I have recently acquired two packs from Sandpiper of California. I was given the first, a Three Day Elite Bag and decided to use it to replace a pack that I had used pretty hard for several years that was moving quickly towards the end of its lifecycle. I was impressed. Very impressed. I own or have used a LOT of gear packs over the last twelve years, and none comes even close to this bag. A lot of thought was put into its design. It has one particular compartment that has three pouches that attach with velcro. You can pull out the pouches, fill them, and then put them back in whatever order suits you best. I used these for three tiers of first aid. Top is for minor wounds, middle for more significant. The bottom has Quikclot. This bag is a TARDIS; you can just keep putting stuff into it. It also has aluminum back stays to distribute the load. I have to admit that I have not yet carried this pack any great distance, but just putting it on shows it to be more comfortable than any other pack I can think of (including ALICE, MOLLE, ILBE, etc.). I usually don't pay for packs, and I didn't pay for this one, but on the strength of this bag's design and function, I went to their website and bought... The Long Range Bugout. Okay, it's expensive. Especially for a guy who doesn't usually pay anything for this kind of gear. But it is worth it. The thing is huge without being bulky. And it is actually called a bugout bag. It has most of the same design features as the Three Day Elite, except for the wonder compartment with the pouches that attach with velcro. And it is bigger. When I say bigger, I mean BIGGER. Almost 7000 cubic inches. I could load it up with anything I wanted and then put two of my kids in there just to top it off. It also has straps that allow the user to compress the main compartment if less room is needed. My only piece of advice would be to make sure you can haul what you pack, because with a pack this size, you could overload it. That's all I have for now. If anyone has a good recommendation for an EDC bag, let me know. I might be turned off of Maxpedition for good since this was my first time to use their products. It's a shame since it seemed like it was going to be a good pack.