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Lihit Lab Smart Fit B6 Carrying Pouch Review

Lihit Lab Smart Fit B6 Carrying Pouch Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

Over the years of collecting new gear and trying new things for carrying my various possessions back and forth from home, I never thought I would come across a bag or pouch that I couldn't find a use for. While not entirely useless, I've been perplexed when trying to find a permanent spot for the Lihit Lab Smart Fit B6 carrying pouch.

Lihit Lab Smart Fit B6 Carrying Pouch

The Smart Fit B6 pouch touts a familiar format. It's a folio or notebook cover with a zipper around the entire exterior, which allows you to secure everything that's inside. Along with a notebook, there are several pockets and pockets for items of various sizes. It even has a single pen loop. While there is an abundance of pockets and places to store things, it's the B6 that has caused me the most grief, but let's focus on what this carry pouch gets right.

The cordura nylon exterior is well-constructed with a trendy camouflage pattern. The interior color is a soft orange that contrasts perfectly with the camo exterior. The zippers aren't bulky YKK zippers, but they're quiet, smooth, and feel reliable. All of the stitching is good considering the price point, and the assortment of pockets seem fairly well thought-out.

Lihit Lab Smart Fit B6 Carrying Pouch Pocket

Starting at the front of the pouch exterior, there's a single slash pocket with a zipper for storing larger items like a phone or Field Notes notebook. When I've used this pouch, this has been the pocket that I store a power brick or my Kindle.

Around the back, there's another large slash pocket that is secured with a single snap closure. The snap is strong and secure, but it does leave the rest of the pocket open. This isn't a pocket for storing small things, but storing notebooks and flat items that take up the majority of the space do well. Lining the slash pocket are two plastic D-rings that you can use with a shoulder strap, effectively turning this pouch into a small messenger bag.

Lihit Lab Smart Fit B6 Carrying Pouch Inside

Inside the front cover, there's a flap that lays over the interior storage. this flap has a stretchy mesh pocket that is accessed with a zipper. There's no dimension to this pocket, but the mesh does allow you to store plenty of smaller items like cables, headphones, pens, shorter pencils, erasers, etc.

Lihit Lab Smart Fit B6 Carrying Pouch Flap

When you fold this flap over, you can see the interior of the case. There's one large slot with a vertical opening that runs the height of the inside of the pouch. This is also useful for larger items like a phone, small tablet, or other notebooks. On top of the large pocket are two additional pockets that open vertically. The smaller pocket on top is good for flash drives, small cables, and other small items. The larger pocket on the bottom is just large enough to hold a standard 3.5x5.5 notebook. Since these pockets all open toward the left side of the interior of the case, things should stay secure in these pockets as long as you carry the pouch zipper side up. Otherwise, these little slash pockets don't hold things in place very well.

Lihit Lab Smart Fit B6 Carrying Pouch Notebook

On the back interior cover, there's a strip of cordura material the provides the slot system for a B6 notebook cover. This keeps the notebook secure when in the case, and I haven't noticed any problems with the notebook wiggling out during transport. This strip also has a couple of small slash pockets that have horizontal openings. The top pocket is perfect size for business cards, while the bottom pocket is perfect for 3x5 index cards. Finally, there's a large pen loop on the upper-right side of the back interior. As long as your pen has a clip, this works fine. I find it odd, though, that this is the only real organization reserved for writing instruments. Since it's just a loop, it offers no real protection from other items in the pouch, and since other items do tend to come out of their storage areas, there's a very real possibility of different things jostling with your pens. As such, I have only used plastic gel pens with this case, or other pens that have clips and that I don't mind getting nicked a bit.

The case is functional enough, though the internal organization does leave plenty to be desired. Moving on from the actual case though, there's also a small notebook included with the pouch.

Lihit Lab Smart Fit B6 Carrying Pouch Writing

The notebook is a 30-page B6 spiral-bound book with decent lightweight paper and frosted clear covers. The paper handles fountain pen ink reasonably well, though the ink does show through to the back of the page quite clearly. Gel pens and ballpoints perform excellently, however. It's lined paper and it's great for writing notes and drawing quick sketches. Interestingly, the plastic spiral binding opens up with a little effort. The marketing for this notebook touts the ability to rearrange pages without tearing them out. This is a nice feature, but the spiral binding is a little tricky to work. I've found it more trouble than it's worth. This type of binding is a great idea in practice, and if you're interested in picking something like this up, try the various options from the Kokuyo Campus line. They work well and come in a few other color options and sizes.

Lihit Lab Smart Fit B6 Carrying Pouch Paper

Frustratingly, Lihit Lab does not sell a replacement notebook for this pouch. I guess that once it runs out, you need to find another B6 notebook to take its place if you want to continue using the pouch as intended. But that's where we hit the killer problem. B6 is not a common notebook size at all. On JetPens, there are less than a dozen compatible options for this pouch. Life seems to have the most variety as far as paper lines go, but it's still minimal. I don't understand why Lihit Labs chose to use this size over something more common like A5, A6, or even B5 Slim. Unfortunately, there just aren't many options for B6 notebooks.

Overall, this is such a cool concept for a carrying pouch or notebook case. If not for the odd size decision and the abundance of slim slash pockets over pen/pencil slots, this would be a great option for carrying your favorite notebooks. I can only recommend this if you primarily use B6 notebooks and already have a favorite notebook in mind for this case. 30 pages just don't go very far!

Aside from the Camouflage featured here, the Lihit Lab Smart Fit B6 Carrying Pouch is available in Houndstooth, Orange, and Navy.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Lihit Lab Smart Fit B6 Carrying Pouch Pocket
Posted on July 10, 2019 and filed under Lihit Labs, Pen Case.

Lihit Lab Smart Fit A6 Carry Pouch Review

Lihit Lab Smart Fit A6 Carry Pouch Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

You can never have too many bags. This is a dangerous motto to adopt, but it does carry a certain truth. As humans, we're wired to sort and store our stuff so we know where it is and to make it easy to transport. This can sometimes get us in trouble because bags and cases can get expensive, but that doesn't stop the urge to collect all the bags.

But what do you do when it comes organizing the inside of all these great bags? Well, one option is to use a bag-in-bag system. A smaller, slim bag that slides into your larger bag to provide compartments to stow your belongings is a great system. It's much cheaper than buying new bags, but it also moves between your bags easily.

Lihit Lab Smart Fit A6 Carry Pouch

With the Lihit Lab Smart Fit A6 carry pouch, you're afforded a small organizing pouch that can slide into your bag, but it can also be used with a shoulder strap as a stand-alone bag. There are some nifty attachment points on the back of the pouch that allow you to strap it to your belt, but I haven't tested out that particular carry method yet (doubt I will). Instead, I've been incredibly happy with using this pouch in my GORUCK GR1, which has MOLLE straps on the interior of the bag for organizing the cavernous compartment. The carry pouch isn't quite as robust as the ruck, but it's incredibly useful for storing small things in the main compartment instead of losing them down in the bottom.

No matter how you use it, there's plenty of space in this little A6 pouch. The front flap secures to the pouch with velcro, and the velcro strip is long enough to give you plenty of expansion room.

Lihit Lab Smart Fit A6 Carry Pouch Top

Moving around the outside, there are two D-rings on both sides of the top, and then two snap straps on the back. The snaps are strong and hold on even when you pull the flap open.

The inside of the pouch has one main compartment that has enough depth to store a couple of A6 notebooks, a Kindle, or something else of a similar size. In front of the main compartment, there's a slightler shorter sleeve pocket that goes to the bottom of the pouch. Finally, there are two small pockets on the front. One is wide enough for some phones, while the other is wide enough to comfortably fit a single fountain pen (possibly two gel pens if they have slim bodies).

Lihit Lab Smart Fit A6 Carry Pouch Loaded

The stitching and materials are well done. The Cordura fabric should last a long time inside other bags and being thrown around. The velcro could use some additional strength, as I find it a bit too easy to open. On the plus side, it's also very quiet for velcro.

Lihit Lab Smart Fit A6 Carry Pouch Size

All in all, this is an extremely useful pouch. It's small, but offers a surprising amount of capacity and organization. With several options for carrying and stowing, it makes a great companion to your other favorite bags. The price point makes it attractive as well. There are several fun colors to choose from, including the Olive featured here, Orange, Houndstooth, Navy, Camouflage, and Black.

If you're looking for something with more space, there's also a similar pouch in the B5 size. This seems like more of a messenger bag, but it is still small enough to fit inside most bags.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Bag in Bag
Posted on March 27, 2019 and filed under Lihit Labs, Bag Review.

Lihit Lab Smart Fit A5 Notebook Cover Review

(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.)

I find most of Lihit Lab's bags and cases to be well designed and practical. Except for the Actact Stand Pen Case, I've enjoyed all of their products that I've tried. And the Smart Fit A5 Notebook Cover is by far my new favorite.

It's made of sturdy Cordura polyester. It has three outside pockets: a pen holder that fits even bulkier pens (my Pilot Custom 823 fits perfectly with a little wiggle room); a front pocket with a Velcro flap that's large enough to hold most phones (or a good-sized stack of Field Notes); and behind that is a larger slot that can hold a medium notebook, stray papers, or a whole fistful of gel pens. Inside the front cover are two card slots and a larger slot that's perfect for a pocket notebook. These pockets are on a firm band of fabric that can be used as an additional notebook cover slot--so the case can actually hold two A5 notebooks. The back inside cover has another notebook cover slot, and a folder pocket that can hold papers or can be used as a memo pad holder. The cover closes with an elastic band that's attached to the inside front cover and stretches around the long edge of the back. There are two ribbon bookmarks--one white and one brown.

This thing has not been more than ten feet from me since the moment it arrived. It's more than my everyday carry, it's my every hour carry. My carry-from-room-to-room. Here's how I'm using it:

I have my main pen-o-the-day in the pen slot, my phone and a pocket notebook in the front pouch, and a handful of other pens in the larger pocket. This pocket also acts as a catch-all for papers I gather through the day. I have all my important cards in the card slots (it doesn't fit many cards, but it easily fits the essentials), and a pocket notebook in the larger slot. I'm not using the front notebook cover holder, because I have a large notebook in the back holder. It's about 1" thick, but it fits in the cover nicely. It's my planner/bullet journal/diary, so it gets used about ten times a day. The two ribbon markers are in my monthly and weekly trackers, and I use a separate marker for my daily page. In the back folder I have my BuJo stencils and my planner stickers.

This packet of essentials is like my external hard drive. Every inch of it is imbued with powerful usefulness. +10 to productivity.

Of course, it isn't perfect. There are a few things I'd change. One--the Velcro. I'm a knitter, so Velcro is my nemesis. I can't put this in a bag next to my yarn without risking tragedy. Two--the ribbon markers are a little puny. This could really do with more substantial markers. Three--the notebook it comes with is awful. It has flimsy, weak plastic rings that don't like to line up properly or close easily, and the paper quality is pretty terrible. Even my rollerball had some slight bleed-through, and fountain pens were a no-go. Thankfully, it's easy to switch out, and with the A5 size, you can replace it with some of the nicest notebooks in existence.

This case is going to stay in use till it's falling apart--or until something comes along that improves on its weaker features. I'm sure there are already such things out there in the world, but I haven't found too many at this accessible price point. If you're in the market for an A5 cover that can also tote some of your tools, I highly recommend this one.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Posted on February 16, 2017 and filed under Lihit Labs, Pen Case.