MAXPEDITION is introducing three new high-visibility colours for the Rollypoly – Orange, Fire EMS (red), and Safety Yellow. The Red Rolly has black trim and hardware while the Orange and Yellow ones have foliage (grey) hardware. The new colours are designed for professionals like fire fighters, EMS and SAR, range instructors etc, where hi-vis gear helps to increase one’s visiblity to others.
Two new additions to the Rollypoly line are the Rollypoly Backpack and Rollypoly Extreme. In a nutshell, the RP Backpack and Extreme are folding backpacks that roll up into a relatively small package.
Both the Rollypoly Backpack and Extreme are great for putting inside a larger pack or luggage when you’re traveling, and you don’t have the space to carry a larger, heavier pack.
The Monkey Combat Admin Pouch, designed by MilspecMonkey is a multi-purpose organizer meant to be attached to the chest area of a vest or body armour. The MCAP is large enough to hold a decent amount of small items, but not so large as get in the way when mounted on the chest.
The new Colossus is the largest of the Versipacks, for those who need something bigger than a Jumbo with a ton of separate compartments. Besides every day use, the Colossus would function very well as a camera case for a film or digital SLR and accessories. There’s enough room for an SLR camera body with lens attached, plus an extra lens but it’d depend on the size of the lenses of course. I’d definitely recommend keeping the second lens in a padded lens case to prevent knocking it against the other one. Another role I think that the Colossus would serve well in is as a small team medical/first aid kit pack, which usually consists of medium-small items requiring multiple compartments for organization.
Another new item for ’07 is the Merlin Folding Backpack. This converts from a MOLLE-compatible pouch to a lightweight E&E-style backpack. When folded, the Merlin measures 8″ x 5″ x 4″. On the front of the Merlin is a velcro field for ID patches, and shock cord for attaching items to it. The rear of the Merlin has Malice-clip compatible PALS webbing, for attaching it to a belt, bag or vest.
MANTA VERSIPACK -One of MAXPEDITION’s new items for ’07 is the Manta Versipack. Not really a ‘pack’, but more of a modular platform. The Manta is 13″ across at the top, tapering to 10″ at the bottom. On the front panel are 6 columns x 3 rows of PALS webbing, for attachment of molle-compatible pouches. Below the upper PALS grid is a 4 column x 2 row grid, sewn to a panel that’s open on both sides. Elastic shock cord is looped through the lower PALS grid and can be removed if desired. A small windbreaker or wind shirt can be secured with the shock cord.