Condor T&T Pouch Review


In my lengthy review of the Smart Alec, I mentioned that I use the Condor T&T Pouch to keep smaller items organized inside the backpack.

Let’s get two things straight:

  1. I have zero idea what “T&T” stands for. I’m more of a G&T man, myself.

  2. The primary raison d’être of this thing seems to be tactical/military in nature, and the way I use it couldn’t really be further from that unless I was using it to organize my lipsticks.

With that out of the way, let’s batter on, shall we?

My criteria

I needed something to organize the vast amount of possibly useful things that I carry with me on a day to day basis: index cards, USB cables, chargers, mini first aid kit, tools, stationery, paracord, clips and buckles, etc. Previously I’d stuffed these things into various pockets in whatever bag I was using.

Materials and construction

Solid. Very sturdily made from durable materials. The stitching and construction is pretty meticulous. The zippers are chunky and easy to use. You could drop this down a mine shaft and it’d be fine. Why would you do that? I don’t know. Sounds like you have some bigger problems. But the pouch won’t be one of them.

Features

There are a couple of different things about this pouch that I’ve really appreciated in the 6 months I’ve been using it.

Elastic straps. The inside of the pouch has a strip of elasticated straps on both walls. These are the most useful way to organize loose cables I’ve ever seen. They are stitched in a variety of sizes so you can secure anything from index cards to a pen.

Adjustable cords. An adjustable cord lets you control how much the pouch will open: setting it to slightly over 90º makes it really handy to set down without anything falling out. I’m not explaining this very well but you can see what I mean in the pictures. Essentially, you have the option of opening it flat, but you can also only have it open a small amount, which can be useful if there are unsecured things inside.

D-rings. The whole pouch is covered in ways to attach it to other things via strapping or clips or paracord. The two D-rings are handily placed: if you tighten the cord so that the pouch only opens to 90º and attach the D-rings to something using carabiners, you have an excellent little tray to organize stuff on. This works great as a toilet kit or in offices where you don’t have a lot of desk space.

Conclusion

I like that having this means I don’t need to worry about all of the miscellaneous stuff I carry around. It works amazingly in an intentionally modular backpack like the Smart Alec. It’s also great on its own if you’re travelling light.

It comes in black, which is probably a better choice if you don’t want to look tacticool.

There is some functionality about this pouch I haven’t found a use for yet: I don’t really need to strap it to body armor, and I don’t need the vinyl map pouch that comes with it. However, if I’m ever conscripted I imagine those will be very helpful.

Totally recommended. Get it here.