Top Side Pocket

11 Reviews
$25.00 Weight 0.49 oz / 14.0 g

Lead Time Ships in 1 to 3 Days

Sometimes an adventure calls for a little extra space. Our modular Top Side Pockets allow you to carry extra gear (like your cooking pot or rain gear) on the outside of your pack while still being able to accommodate taller items (like trekking poles, an umbrella, or a fishing pole) behind the pockets.


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  • Constructed with 2.92 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric on the back, and durable, stretchy pocket mesh on the front.

  • Mesh allows you to easily see the contents, and to dry out wet items.

  • They are a good fit for a 1 Liter or smaller pot, a water filter, hat and gloves, our rain jacket and pants, or an inflatable sleeping pad.

  • Since these are not sewn to the pack you can still stand tall items like trekking poles, an umbrella, or a fishing pole behind the pockets.

  • The pockets can be taken off or added later.

  • All Zpacks gear has a two year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Please see our return / warranty policy.

  • Made in the USA.

Dimensions: ~6" wide x 3" deep x 8" tall

2.92 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric Hybrid

Dyneema Composite Fabric is composed of high strength Dyneema fiber laminated inside a polyester membrane. It is inherently waterproof and does not require any coatings or DWR treatment. DCF has very high tensile strength for its weight and does not stretch.

This hybrid version is made from 1.43 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric on the inside, with an extra layer of protective 50 denier polyester on the outside. The outer layer gives it more strength and abrasion resistance, prevents fraying, and gives it a nice solid color. 

Tensile Strength:
 245 lb/in (2150 N/5cm)

Puncture Strength: 
7.3 lb (32 N)

Water Resistance:
 >20,000 mmH₂O

Made in the USA.

.3.5 oz/sqyd Mesh

This is the mesh that we use on our backpack's center pockets. It is relatively light weight for mesh, while being difficult to tear. It can withstand getting caught on branches and other typical abrasion that backpacks are subjected to. The hole size is a about 4 mm (a little over 1/8"). 

 3.5 oz/sqyd (119 g/m²)

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Carl M.
United States United States

Kitchen in a Pocket

The Zpacks Top Side Pocket is the perfect size to put one’s kitchen out of the way, keeping it handy for quick meal deployment, and keeping the clunky, won’t fit anywhere else comfortably, meal pot out of the way. It also doubles for anything when rapid access may be required, like rain gear or a bag of chips, should one be so inclined.

Jeff B.
United States United States

Great options for space

Nice fit and overall design. When you need just a little more space and don’t want keep opening and closing the roll top. It’s also another option if you don’t want the waist pockets. Highly recommend.

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Joseph G.
United States United States

Bad Customer Service Experience

I think the items that I received are great, however, I did not receive all of the items in the order. I wanted to call the company to express my concerns but there is no phone number for me to call, which I think is ridiculous. I emailed the company numerous times and asked for someone to call me back and no one ever did. Do humans run this company or is it completely automated. All I wanted was to hear a human's voice to straighten out my issues. Therefore, my advice would be to have humans answer phones to help people out!!

Chuck L.
United States United States

Side Pokets installing

EXASPERATING !!!!!!! I was ready ( after trying almost every-way , Except the correct one ) to pack them and ship them back to you for a refund. Fortunately I remembered Red Beards presentation on the web about how to install the top side pockets. Thanks to my computer and being at home. i was able to see the correct way and get them installed on my pack. A simple single sheet of paper with instructions would of been a big help. It would save a lot of problems for anyone who does not have a computer handy or does not know about Red Beards presentation. After they are on the pack ( correctly ) they are really a very useful item. They are a great place for on the trail items so you do not have to dig into your pack. They free up the bottom pockets for close at hand necessitates like water bottles.

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Andree N.
Canada Canada

Works as advertised!

I hung this pocket on my Northern Ultralight Sundown backpack and it held my Tri-Ti Sidewinder with Toaks 900 ML *plus* my alcohol bottle and cleaning sponge superbly. I was also able to wedge my larger water carrier underneath it, during a longer stretch without decent water source. See the orange mesh on the top right as pictured.