NeoMag Review: Securing A Pocket Full Of Awesome
Sometimes I’m a little late to the game. I started seeing a trend on Instagram of this cool little gizmo called the NeoMag a while back but never really paid that much attention to it because, for the most part, there was a whole bunch of awesome going on in each photo.
But then one day it just jumped out at me, glaring out of the picture like it was screaming “I am the best damn thing in this picture and you don’t know about me yet!”. So I had to look it up.
The NeoMag® is a minimalist back-up magazine holder that inconspicuously clips inside your pocket.
I did my normal Google Fu and read and watched all I could about it. I contacted NeoMag through their web site and ended up emailing back and forth with Graig Davis, the owner and inventor of The NeoMag. Turns out he is in Akron, Ohio about 10 minutes from where I grew up. On a personal side it is great to see unique companies like his popping up in what was once a hub of worldwide industry. Remember tires? Yeah, that Akron, Ohio.
After emailing with Graig I decided the The NeoMag was something I had to try out for myself. So I purchased the medium size (The NeoMag offers three sizes Small, Medium and Large — no fries) which would fit the 9mm Glock 19 magazines I carry on a daily basis.
The three sizes generally fit as follows: Large .45 ACP & Wilson Combat 9mm Mags, Medium 9mm & .40 S&W and Small .380 ACP, although there are a few oddball magazines which you can learn more about by visiting The NeoMag web site.
Graig is an engineer who designed the NeoMag to fit into his lifestyle. From his web site you can learn more about him, but I’ll include his own words here, because I’m looking out for ya:
I am a husband of a beautiful wife and father of three awesome kids. I spend days as a full time engineer. I’m an avid hunter, mountain biker, photographer, love all shooting sports, archery and involved with my home church.
As an avid second amendment supporter and concealed carry advocate I wanted the best way to carry a backup magazine. I engineered the NeoMag™ to use the best materials in the most minimal package possible. The NeoMag™ is completely made and assembled here in the USA. My goal is to provide you the best product and customer service possible.
From my testing so far, I can say this unequivocally. This thing is tough. Very, very tough. Because I don’t just buy things to have them, I tend to abuse them to see if they can hold up, I can state in fact, I haven’t been able to hurt the thing yet. I’ve thrown it at a cement wall, got a little scratch, dropped it off my balcony with and empty magazine attached, no issues, been wearing it religiously since I received it while working outside all day in the salt air down here, not a speck of rust seen. I haven’t fallen on it, more out of the desire for self preservation of my hip, but I think it would do fine with that too.
What you get is the NeoMag in some minimal packaging, thank you Graig for that. Side note, I hate overly packaged things. It is a waste to do so.
Inside a clear instructions, a sticker and infos about the NeoMag. That is all that is needed.
By the way, I love stickers.
Anyway, it attaches straight forward enough. Remove from packaging, and take a look. Below is the descriptive photo from the web site and then some of my own.
It really is about a small and a clean as you could want or imagine. Also, did I mention it is tough? The titanium clip has tremendous retention. It is very stiff and along with the grip pad it stays put in your pocket. It isn’t so hard to move that you have trouble getting it to slide over you pocket material, but once in place it holds where you put it.
The deep pocket clip is just that. It extends far enough above the top of the magazine floor plate that the mag disappears inside your pocket making it a lot less conspicuous than some similar products. It isn’t to far down though that you can’t get a good quick grip on it for a quick mag change when needed.
Watch Graig’s video below to get an idea of why he designed it the way he did.
I do run two magazines with Strike Industries Buffalo Wings and while the NeoMag will still do exactly what it is suppose to, you just need to allow it to ride a little lower on the magazine which in turn allows the magazine to ride a little higher in your pocket.
Overall first impressions of The NeoMag are awesome. For something this small, it adds tremendous functional value to your EDC. Construction is top-notch, materials are well thought out and planned for a long life of the product. This is not something that is disposable like so many of the products we all buy today. I expect to be replacing barrels before I need to replace The NeoMag.
We are in fact creating a new category for the reviews section after testing The NeoMag and calling it ‘Lifetime Products’. That is exactly how long we feel the NeoMag is going to last. Graig and NeoMag should be proud to have the very first product inducted into a category they forced us to create by offering such a top notch bit of gear.
I’ll be shooting video throughout the month for a good long-run video review and will post that after I have had a good amount of time using The NeoMag on a daily basis.
Some of you might question about keeping a loaded magazine in your pocket, will it get in the way? Well, if you have ever carried a knife in your pocket, this really isn’t much different from that. Sure the depth is a little greater, but it is roughly the same amount of room being used by a knife, especially if you have ever carried one of the bigger Benchmade HK autos. We have a cheap auto and an Ontario RAT 1 to show you a size comparison:
Being designed, produced and sourced from materials all in the USA, The NeoMag is a definite win in my book. I will be buying more and don’t be surprised if we end up giving a few of these suckers away in the future as part of our ongoing monthly giveaways. They are something that ReloadOne will proudly recommend to anyone who is serious about their EDC and the gear they use.
Visit The NeoMag today to learn even more about Graig, the company and this insanely awesome piece of gear.