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Gear Duality: The Evergoods MPL22.

Everyday Carry gear for Reality and Pixels. Today, we examine the Evergoods MPL22.

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In a world where pixels meet practicality, and everyday carry gear transcends from your hands to your virtual inventory– join me on a journey through the tangible and the pixelated as we dissect the reality and ridicule the fantasy of essential tools for survival.

For our inaugural journey into the series, I've highlighted the Evergoods Mountain Panel Loader in 22L, also known as the MPL22. I expect these articles to improve over time and with practice– so the MPL gets to go first because it is the simplest of the backpacks I own (I suppose we can argue over the Synapse, but that thing has pockets for days), and I prefer it the least right now. This does not reflect the bag's quality; I have shinier bags waiting in the wings and a weird attention span.

Details from the Makers

Straight from the store page!

Specs: It has a 22L volume and weighs 1 lb 14oz with the waist belt and sternum strap attached. Dimensions: 17.75" x 8.25" x 9.5".
Materials and care directly from the Evergoods site: The shell fabric (their eco-friendly solution-dyed black) is a balanced woven 420d HT nylon 6 with a water-repellent finish PU coating, and the lining is 210d HT nylon with PU coating and silicone finish. Stretch textile has a 4-way mechanical stretch, excellent abrasion resistance, and mountain apparel grade quality. The frame sheet is made from lightweight, highly durable 1/4 inch XLPE Foam, the shoulder pad foam is Zote EV50, and the zippers are YKK #10RC and #8RC with a DWR finish.

The TLDR for the informed is that these numbers and details assure them that the fabrics, zips, and foam are quality. The uninformed can rest assured that Evergoods doesn't cut corners and that these bags are built to last.
Plus, Evergoods has a lifetime warranty.

My Personal Use

While I've used it several times, I don't have any pictures of us "out and about in the wild." Becca and I own a lot of Evergoods gear—between us, we own 10 pieces—and I've always found them to be well-organized, comfortable, practical, and durable. I would not hesitate to gift or purchase their gear for not only me and Becca but also for my friends—which is pretty much the highest praise I can bestow. Short day hikes/walks, bumming around an outdoor market, a quick jaunt to the city, or on errands- this bag is a stellar pick!

We're just enjoying the fake spring weather.

Apocalypse Friend or Foe?

  • The bag is billed as being equally OK for EDC (everyday carry) or hiking- and while this may be true, don't expect it to be super handy on those post-apocalyptic streets when it comes to hauling along overlarge objects like nail-studded baseball bats, iron pipes or chair legs. No exterior gear lash points or MOLLE attachments exist, so prep your shoulder or hand. (Or have a partner carry the heavy, awkward stuff, which works for me!)
  • On the flip side, the bag is very non-dangly, which is a good thing when you're trying to ease through the forest or ruined cityscapes without catching on shit all of the time. Additionally, I find the fabric to be average regarding the noise/crinkle factor. I don't think it's as loud as some X-PAC bags, but it's not as quiet as some of the natural fibers and will probably spook animals, alert hostiles, and trigger the attention of sharp-eared zombies if it brushes against a lot of stuff. (Isn't it weird that they're decaying and dead and rotting but have German Shepherd-level hearing?)
  • It does not stand up very well. This is always a weird FINAL STRAW moment for the EDC crowd, but I would have to say that it's relevant for in-game survival. You can't prop the bag up efficiently to quickly shovel in supplies while raiding dilapidated structures or shovel in berries while the bear is on its AM jaunt. You'll have to prop it against something or just lay it flat on the ground, and who knows what kind of shit it'll be laying in full length? (Could be literal shit!)
  • It's not meant for crazy off-the-wall extremes: don't try and ride it down a stony mountainside, don't toss gallons of water in it (I know clean water is essential, but rein it in camel person), and don't expect it to hold up forever in a deluge. You can, however, toss crucial bits and bobs into a dry sack and throw that inside because, though available IRL, I don't think weather covers will be easy to find in the pixel world. (Again, IRL, you can purchase their Ecopack version, which boasts a higher degree of water resistance in fabric and zipper type.)
  • Whether survival or office carry, it's up to the user to determine what they're trying to accomplish and pick the appropriately sized bag. This is a far more effective tactic than knowing you need 30L of space and then bitching when the 20L bag can't accommodate everything. (By the by, the L is for liters– which is how bag volume is measured!) 22L holds a fair amount of gear or loot– with the sternum strap AND waist belt diffusing some of the load, you have a better chance of being able to haul all your shit from A to Z, even if you're malnourished or a weakling. Or both.

I'd probably grab this for low-key gathering jaunts in relatively safe areas near my camp: fruit/veggie picking, carrying some IN CASE OF EMERGENCY supplies while exploring, etc.

All bags are rated on Hashtag Survival's super duper applicable—and handy—Water Bottle System with a scale of 1 to 5 bottles. The score is given for the practical merits of a piece of gear in a pixel survival or apocalypse scenario.
Five bottles of clean water are the best accolade we can attribute to gear unless we go into another scoring system entirely, like say – Unicorns. And Unicorns look weird when cut in half.

Official Hashtag Rating: Two-and-a-half Water Bottles