Top Side Pocket

13 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 3.1 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

3.1 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. Dyneema® Composite Fabric has very high tensile strength for its weight and does not stretch.

This hybrid version is made from 1.6 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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4.5 Based on 13 Reviews
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Bob D.
United States United States
Top Side Pocket Review

The side pockets attached easily to my Arc Zip as described by Zpacks. They hold my rain gear for easy accessibility. They are also easily protected by my pack cover. Nice to have a little extra pack space on my upcoming AT thru hike.

Kevin D.
United States United States
Best backpacking gear around

Great side pocket holds all the equipment that I needed great product very well designed and made. I would highly recommend this item

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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!!