Need to keep your matches dry? What about an entire fire kit? Or perhaps it’s vital medications that just can’t get wet! The EDC120 adventure container is made by a company called Corloq, and it’s here to solve a million problems.
It’s a beefy little canister that seals out water and it’s also pretty tough! Like my ATV drove over it, kind of tough! That’s really appealing for those smaller must-have items our adventures require. So, let’s get started and review this mighty little thing!
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Size and Shape
So how can I describe this? It’s like a stormproof matchcase on steroids. The EDC120 is a cylinder that’s 4.3″ tall by 1.9″ in diameter. Some clever math and you’ll quickly realize the model name is tied to its size – volume specifically. That volume comes in at 120 ccs (cubic centimetres). If that doesn’t seem like much, guess again. The displacement of a Yamaha Raptor Youth ATV’s engine is 90 cc and that’s the bigger of the youth machines.
To put the size in perspective, the UCO Stormproof Match Kit is 3″ x 2″. It’s also the biggest, purpose-built match kit I have come across in a cylindrical form factor.
Water Testing the Corloq EDC120
When my EDC120 arrived in the mail, the first thing I did was grab a knife and open the package. Obviously:) The second was to immediately walk down to the lake and submerse it. Let’s one up that and hold it underwater for a while. Repeatedly. Then remove the cap, put it back, and do that all over again. And no, not a single drop of water came in!!
For all the lucky types out there who never drop their belongings into a lake or river, congratulations and good for you! But I have some bad news for you. On my last camping trip of late summer, I got a stark reminder that anything not sealed up in a dry bag will be sobbing wet by morning if you leave it out! As the temperature drops at night, dew sets in. It’s because colder air cannot hold as much moisture as hotter air – so the air releases its water content and ruins your morning with wet clothes, wet matches, and yes, wet coffee grinds! Waterproofness extends beyond simply rain and submersion.
What is IP67 Weatherproof?
The Corloq EDC120 is rated at IP67. But what does that really mean? I made the switch to the dark side and traded the iPhone in for a Samsung – which is waterproof but not dustproof. Yes, you read that right. Waterproofing does not equal dustproofing.
If we break down the IP67 designation, the 3rd digit (6 in this case) represents the dustproofing level. 6 is the highest level known as “Completely Protected from Dust.” The 4th digit represents waterproofing, and here we find a 7. That means it’s the second highest rating possible for waterproofing, meaning it will keep water out for up to 1 meter of depth for a specific period of time. Level 8 would have taken it to over 1 meter, but who really cares? The unit floats, so you won’t be diving to retrieve it any time soon.
For the record (and since IP ratings are popping up everywhere), IP means ingress protection. It’s usually used for electronics, and IP67 happens to be one of the top ratings out there.
Carefully Open the Lid!
Because the EDC120 has a circular lid and incorporates a beefy spring-based sealing system under the cap, there is a little area where water can gather. This water doesn’t penetrate the unit, but if you don’t remove the cap carefully, some of it can fall or trickle in. We found that shaking the unit before opening a wet lid helps a lot.
Crush Proof and Shatter Proof
Corloq claims the product is crush and shatterproof. So, let’s put that to the test by driving over it with the ATV. That seems like a very possible real-world situation: where you drop the unit, and it gets run over. Let’s see what happens:
Dupont Zytel Construction
The EDC120 Adventure Container is made out of Dupont Zytel. I don’t know about you, but I never heard of that. Quoting Wikipedia, Zytel is “used for a number of different high strength, abrasion and impact resistant thermoplastic polyamide formulations of the family more commonly known as nylon.” See Wikipedia to read more about Zytel.
Dupont has come up with a lot of cool things over the years, but at the end of the day, we are talking about a superplastic, fibreglass or whatever you want to call it container. So let’s not overcomplicate things other than 1 key stat. That same Wikipedia article says Zytel has a tensile strength of 30 kpsi! Now stop and think about that because the kilo prefix means 1000. So, this product specifically can withstand 30,000 pounds per square inch!
Your 5000-pound car rides on tires inflated to 36 psi, so what is 30,000 psi capable of??? That seems pretty insane to me.
Now would be a good time to mention it is a food-safe material, as is the EDC120. That opens up a lot of doors for the container’s infinite uses.
Twist Lock Cap
I’m tired of threads, are you? They can get crossed or go bad over time, and they can just be a real nuisance at times. What makes the EDC120 so cool is its cap. It’s beefy and locks in place with confidence, probably thanks to a spring-loaded mechanism we spoke of earlier. That’s not something you’ll find on a $5 or $10 match container. This is actually a breath of fresh air in the design department.
If that isn’t enough, it’s pet and child-proof. I didn’t test it on the dog, but it did defeat a 7-year-old and even an 11-year-old. For some people, this may not be an issue, but for others carrying sensitive items, it could mean the world.
There is perhaps one downside to the cap. In light of its intricacies, you’ll need to remove it and leave it facing up for a day should it ever get wet. It’s the only way to guarantee everything inside dries out properly. I’m pretty anal about drying out my gear and recharging electricals after use, so it’s not a deal breaker by any means.
Suggested Uses for the Corloq EDC120
Corloq suggests the following activities as suitable uses: adventure travel, camping, snow sports, kayaking, beach, offshore, offroad, and motorcycling. Let’s add hunting, fishing, canoeing, and snowmobiling as a few specific ideas where this can really excel.
As to what you can store in your adventure container looks like this:
- mini fire kit
- sewing kit
- survival fishing kit
- mini medical kit (bandages or medications)
- coffee, tea or other foods
- money, keys
- USB keys, batteries, tiny electronics such as earbuds, cables
Yes, even bullets! It’s a great complement to the Henry Survival Rifle. In fact, the EDC120 can hold 80 .22 shells!
Do You Want An Adventure Container?
If storing small items in the most secure manner possible is of interest to you, great! You just found a winner and you can buy the EDC120 straight from Corloq. It comes with a 1 year warranty and a 100% full-refund, satisfaction guarantee.
It’s not the cheapest thing out there, I’ll admit that – but it’s probably the best you’ll find. It won’t break the bank either at $26.95 and would make an awesome stocking stuffer! I love mine, and it has a home in my pack.
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