Scramble's Floating Pocket Pro (UL Map Bag)
To see why we made the (original) Floating Pockets in the first place, please refer to "Scramble Floating Pocket (Map Bag) - Final Release".
|Materials: Skytex-32 or Dyneema 40D Riptop||32 g/sm or 60 g/sm|
|Treatments: Internal PU Coating||-|
|Weight (+ 2g for cord + slider): Skytex-32 / Dyneema-RS||22g / 32g|
|Dimensions (H x W)||35cm x 25cm|
|Scramble's Introductory Price on SYSTEM (15% off)||£18.70|
We designed the Floating Pockets primarily to be worn around the neck and to carry maps and associated navigation aids, however they can just as well be hung from a belt via the 5cm belt loops or used as ultralight pack pockets attached to a backpack with a carabiner or two - and they don't have to carry maps either.
After making the original (and still excellent) sil-nylon Floating Pockets, we were intrigued as to how good we could make these things. So we splashed out on a number of stupidly expensive fabrics, tested them out and the result is the Floating Pocket Pro. Very much the same Floating Pocket (everything else is identical), but in two premium (i.e. pricey) base fabrics from two of Europe's textile giants:
- Dyneeam Ripstop (in Egyptian Blue) is made by DSM, creators of Dyneema
- Skytex-32 (in Zanskar Blue-Green, Grey, Bronze) is made by Porcher Industries
DSM's Dyneema Ripstop is a 40D nylon with a PU inner coating and has a slightly higher hydrostatic head (HH = 1000mm) than the lighter Skytex versions. This is a good choice for anyone using the Floating Pocket on the outside of a pack or on a belt, or if you simply want the most durable option available.
Porcher's Skytex-32 is a featherlight (32g/sqm), yet extremely strong fabric with a very dense weave, giving it a stiff, crinkly feel. It has almost no stretch (hard to describe, but it's somewhat like a wafer-thin metallic paper). The very dense weave means it takes a stitch extremely well and this aids the overall integrity and strength of the bag. It has a lighter PU inner coating, but still provides a highly respectable water-resistance (HH = ~700mm). Ideal for use over the neck as a map bag.
Important Note: Please be aware that due to its relative stiffness, this fabric is not silent and will make a rustling noise when handled, so if you're in a situation where stealth is essential (military, hunting, wildlife photography etc.) this will probably not be for you.
Key Differences: Granite Gear vs Scramble
- Dimensions: The Floating Pocket Pro is 2cm taller and 3cm wider to better accommodate UK Ordnance Survey maps in waterproof zip-lock bags.
- Neck Cord: The Floating Pocket Pro comes with a removable neck cord as standard which has a maximum cord loop of 75cm (50cm is generally sufficient to loop round the neck). The cord features a set and forget design (tying off the ends with a simple knot), has a breaking strength of 90kg and weighs just 2g (including slider). Granite Gear's Air Pocket doesn't come with any cord attachment.
- Edging and Loops: We use strong grosgrain ribbon for both the loops and the reinforced edging, whereas Granite Gear only use it for their loops.
- PU Coating: The Floating Pocket Pro versions are PU coated rather than Granite Gear's which is single side silicone coated. Scramble estimate they have approximately equivalent weather-resistance.
- Colours: The Floating Pocket Pro is currently available in Zanskar Blue-Green, Bronze and Grey and Egyptian Blue for the heavier Dyneema model.
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Last Updated: 30/10/19