Maxpedition had introduced the Fatboy as a side pack that is small enough to carry but large enough to keep all the necessities for a short hike. It had many pockets that could carry many necessities for the camping. The expandable variants of the pockets could carry more than it seems to. Then, there is the Maxpedition Jumbo. As the name suggests this was a larger bag with even larger pockets and a true upgrade from the Maxpedition Fatboy. Today, Maxpedition Fatboy and Jumbo are the got to go bags for many. Each has its own plus and minuses. Here you will see a short comparison of these 2 Versipacks.
Maxpedition Fatboy Vs Jumbo
Fatboy is the basic side pack and Jumbo is the upgraded version. There also are a few features in Jumbo that is not there in the Fatboy. Although, Jumbo seems the clear winner here, there still are followers for the Fatboy. Let’s see what makes Jumbo this popular and that Fatboy still having many admirers.
- The overall size of Jumbo is larger in all aspects. The size increase is just over an inch only but that makes a huge difference. The size of Fatboy is 11.75 x 9.75 x 4.5 inches in length, height, and width. Size of Jumbo is 13 x 11 x 5.5 inches.
- As for the main compartment, the difference is only in its length. The length of Fatboy Versipack is 6.5 inches while that for the Jumbo is 9 inches. The height and width are the same for both at 8 x 3 inches.
- The empty weight of the Versipack would be less for the Fatboy at 17.6 oz against the 1.8lbs of Jumbo. That sums up the size and weight of these side packs.
The exterior front of both these side packs is almost the same except for the larger size in Jumbo. All the pockets are 1 inch larger for Jumbo with a few extra additions as well.
There are enclosure flap, quick release enclosure buckle, loop field for patches, and zippered pockets of 2 sizes that are present in both. As said earlier, only the size difference matters.
The addition that the Jumbo has is the internal key retention clip that is not visible in Maxpedition Fatboy. Another difference is in the slip pockets. There are 2 slip pockets for Fatboy and Jumbo has 1 slip pocket and a mesh pocket so that you can see what is there inside.
Exterior Rear, Left, and Right
The Exterior rear of the bag has padding for comfort. The material here is breathable so you don’t feel the heat there.
The exterior left of these Versipacks differ from one another. The Maxpedition Jumbo flaunts the paracord cinch pouch for water bottle and radio, while the Fatboy enjoys 2 parts here. One is the zippered pouch and a staggered 5 channel PALS webbing.
Exterior right side has a sheath pocket with an adjustable hook and loop enclosure strap for the Fatboy. The Jumbo has, again, 2 parts- one is a zippered pouch and a slip divider in it.
Exterior top and bottom
There is a zippered pouch and loop field for patches at the exterior top of Maxpedition Jumbo. The Fatboy has nothing at the top or the bottom. The exterior bottom of Jumbo is equipped with a 3 channel PALS webbing where you can insert something like a small umbrella.
Interior of Maxpedition Fatboy and Jumbo
The main interior front and rear end of Fatboy has a mesh pocket each. The pockets are of the sizes, 5.5 x 6 and 6 x 6.5 inches respectively.
The Jumbo has only slip pockets at the interior front and rear ends. The slip pockets are larger and of the same size. They measure, 8 x 6 inches.
There are no interior side pockets on either Fatboy or Jumbo.
The strap of the bag is the same in both Fatboy and Jumbo. They have 2 inch webbing and an adjustable length that can be minimum 33 inches and a maximum of 56 inches. There is shoulder pad to keep the strap in place. The quick release buckle and Keyper attachment point also are present in both these Versipack.
Additional storage is also provided in Maxpedition Fatboy and in Jumbo designs. The storage is larger in Jumbo, of course. There are concealed zippered compartment with a loop field inside for a CCW in these side packs.
The grab handle is 0.75 inches webbing and the paracord cinch storm collar protects the contents from rain and water. The waist strap is removable for both.
Both Fatboy and Jumbo are equipped for carrying other Maxpedition gear with it. The facility is present at the right strap base in Jumbo and it is a 9-channel PALS webbing. In the Maxpedition Fatboy, it is a 3-channel PALS webbing and is on the left strap base.
Color options are Khaki, black, Green olive, Green foliage and tan foliage. It is the same for both these side packs.
Product materials of Maxpedition Fatboy and Jumbo
Maxpedition Fatboy or the Maxpedition Jumbo is made of the same high quality materials. They both are made of 1050 Denier water resistant, abrasion resistant ballistic nylon fabric which is really light weighted. The side pack has extra protection with an additional Teflon fabric protector to be grime resistant and for the ease of maintenance.
The buckles, nylon webbing, even the thread that sews the bag together are of heavy duty with extra strength for the durability of the bags.
The real winner of Maxpedition Fatboy Vs Jumbo
There is no real winner in the comparison of Fatboy and Jumbo. Jumbo comes handy when you have extra gear and extra things to carry with you. The Fatboy is the basic model and allows you to have the basic things with you in your expedition.
Both are useful on expeditions and also as everyday carry bags. They are compact and yet carry more than you would expect it to. If you are happy with the Fatboy, good for you! If you want the larger Jumbo, it is there for you! Either way, it’s YOU, who is the winner who got exactly what you needed.