North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouches Review

The North St. Pittock Travel Pouches are a great way to stay organized on the road—there’s even a water-resistant version available.

North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch In Detroit
North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch In Detroit

Our Verdict

7.9 /10

Form

90/100

Design

73/100

Value

77/100

Pros

  • Three sizes hold a wide variety of gear
  • Water-resistant models available
  • Durable and quality materials

Cons

  • No high-visibility interior
  • X-PAC version feels stiff
  • American Flag detracts from the overall look

Technical Details

  • Denier

    1000D

  • Weight (oz)

    2.10 oz (59.5 gm)

  • Dimensions

    11 in x 9 in (27.9 x 22.9 cm)

    For the "Large" size

  • Notable Materials

    CORDURA®, Lenzip Zippers

  • Manufacturing Country

    United States

  • Warranty Information

    Lifetime Warranty

Full Review

When you’re jumping from country to country, staying organized is the key to staying sane. Enter the North St. Pittock Travel Pouches.

North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch In Use
North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch In Use

Named after Portland, Oregon’s “infamously organized newspaper baron, Henry Pittock,” North St. says these pouches are perfect for keeping your tech accessories, toiletries, or collection of muffin recipes tidy (only the important things, of course).

Available in three different sizes, you can fit a wide variety of gear. And they easily slide inside one another or larger bags.

So let’s check them out.

Materials & Aesthetic

The North St. Pittock Travel Pouches look like pouches (mind-blowing, right?). Truly, there’s not much to say about them aesthetic-wise. They have a simple design without anything extraneous. We’re all about simplicity here at Pack Hacker, so this is exactly what we like to see.

North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch On A Desk
North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch On A Desk

At the time of this review, they’re available in five different colorways. If that’s not enough for you, you can also make your own colorway! We’ve talked about how fun it is to waste time explore the custom colorways you can create on the North St. website in our review of the North St. Scout 6L Duffle. Channel your inner designer and play away (but don’t blame us when your next deadline comes and goes).

North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch Exterior Material
North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch Exterior Material

There are two different fabrics available. You can get a pouch made of 1000D CORDURA® nylon or the waterproof VX51 X-PAC (X-PAC is a blend of a few different types of synthetic fabrics). We’ve been testing the latter in the Black colorway.

Both fabrics are durable, lightweight, and super strong. The difference is that the waterproof X-PAC is waterproof (go figure, right?). The CORDURA® nylon not-so-much. Now, an important note here is, just because the X-PAC material is waterproof, it does not make the pouch waterproof. (As in, if you submerge it completely, your things will probably get wet.)

We’d recommend the X-PAC if you’re planning on carrying fragile items you’d like to keep safe from any leakage—like tech stuff. Or if you’re planning on carrying leaky items you’d like to keep separate from your other stuff—like toiletries. Otherwise, you can stick with the regular ol’ nylon. While the X-PAC pouches are water-resistant, they’re also a lot stiffer and cost more.

North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch Full Of Small Tech Accessories
North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch Full Of Small Tech Accessories

These pouches are available in three different sizes: small, medium, and large (if you buy all three together, you’ll get a small discount). The small size works well for headphones, multi-tools, small cables, and the like. The medium holds smaller notebooks, pens and pencils, or larger chargers. And the large has enough space for large journals, tablets, e-readers, and things of that nature.

The zippers are from Lenzip Manufacturing Corp. Surprisingly, we haven’t had much experience with this American zipper manufacturer. But the zippers feel strong and durable (we’ll be sure to update the Usage Timeline down below if our opinion changes). If you opt for the X-PAC version of the pouch, the zipper has a thin coating of polyurethane that repels water.

External Components

Since the North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch is a simple pouch, there’s not much going on externally (thankfully!). You’ve got the zipper and beefy zipper pull. While the pull looks a little too big for the pouch, it’s been nice to have, allowing you quick and easy access to your stuff.

North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch Zipper And Loop
North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch Zipper And Loop

There’s also a small pull tab to hold while zipping or unzipping, which is surprisingly effective. And you can use this tab to hook the pouch to the inside of your backpack or your belt loop for extra organization and style points respectively.

North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch American Flag Tag
North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch American Flag Tag

You’ll also find a tag on the bottom right of the pouch with the American Flag on it, announcing that this thing is made in the U.S.A. We think this tag detracts from the overall minimalist style of the pouch, but it doesn’t get in the way as far as usage goes.

Inside the Pouch

Things take a turn for the even simpler as soon as you open up one of these pouches. There’s nothing but open space, which is exactly what we like to see. Any further organization would chop up the useable space.

North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch Inside Material
North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch Inside Material

We wish that the interior was a different, brighter color from the exterior to help you to easily spot your gear. This is an effective technique we’ve seen on several bags and pouches. A black charger against a black background can be difficult to see. A black charger against a neon yellow background can be spotted in a quarter of a second. It’s a small, but important note.

Durability & Testing

We’ve been testing the North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouches in the medium and large sizes for two weeks in Detroit, Michigan. We’ve mostly been using them for carrying writing accessories—pens and notebooks specifically—as well as tech accessories, including chargers and headphones.

North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch With Notebook and Charger
North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouch With Notebook and Charger

The waterproof material is too stiff for our liking—we’d probably opt for the 1000D nylon if we were to pick these up again. But we’re not worried about our stuff getting wet as we always carry these pouches in backpacks that have their own water-resistance. Your use-case may be different, so we’re glad North St. has the X-PAC option available.

We have nothing to note as far as durability is concerned. Everything is holding up nicely!

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

  • Three sizes will fit a nice variety of gear
  • Feels quite durable
  • Wish the interior was a different color for higher visibility
2 Weeks of Use

Condition: Excellent

A little stiff, but everything still looks great.

Overall

The North St. Bags Pittock Travel Pouches are perfect for keeping all of your knickknacks, dongles, and miscellaneous accessories tidy while traveling the world. They’re available in three different sizes to fit a variety of gear, and several colorways to fit a variety of styles (you can even create your own custom colorway). And, if you need to keep your tech protected from the elements, you can pick up a pouch made with waterproof X-PAC. We wish that the interior was a brighter color for better visibility, but that’s certainly not a dealbreaker.

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By Taylor Wyllie
Created October 4, 2019 • Updated November 25, 2019