The Edgar Sherman Sap Bucket


The ESD Sap Bucket is our solution to all the problems our team and our end users experience with dump pouches. The ESD Sap Bucket is a dump pouch that aids in gear retention, increases consistency when inserting equipment, drains sand, water and snow rapidly, and can stow away in a compact package.

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Dump Pouches can be an invaluable piece of gear for those who use a belt system and need a way to retain spent or partially spent magazines, breaching equipment, K9 leashes, snacks, and/or other items in the field. While dump pouches provide an answer to problems we may all face they can also create some of their own issues. When looking at traditional dump pouches, we saw that they typically fell into one of two categories each with its own set of issues. The lightweight, compact and easily storable bags were great when stored but struggle to perform when you actually use them. They often don’t retain gear well, and have no structure so indexing equipment is often a struggle and they are not able to withstand years of abuse. The ruggedized dump pouches are often heavy, take up a lot of real estate on your belt, don’t fold up into a small package, and struggle to easily make gear accessible. A universal issue we found with dump pouches was the usage of one singular eyelet in the bottom of the bag to handle drainage. This eyelet typically tears out of the bag after years of use and becomes a bottleneck for drainage. After finishing the research phase and compiling all our data we began the design process, just like we do with all our products, to create a solution that solved all of the problems faced.

“Our Goal”

We set out to make sure The Sap Bucket took up a minimal amount of space on a belt, is easily and rapidly deployable, provides a reliable and consistent shape for effortless indexing, securely retains stored items while on the move, and also be able to access them just as quickly as they are stored and lastly, have a large capacity for storing everything without becoming cumbersome. After one year of design work and four years of testing internally and externally, we are excited to present to you, the ESD Sap Bucket.


Lightweight and Compact: In the stowed configuration the Sap Bucket only takes up a 2×2 section of molle and saves precious room on the users’ belt of which leaves room for other vital equipment necessary to the job at hand. With the included one wrap Velcro for mounting, the Sap Bucket weighs in right around 4 ounces.

Ease of Use: When belt mounted the Sap Bucket can be deployed, and adjusted with one hand. Once deployed, the pouch will spring into its full size of roughly 6 liters, with a 7-inch diameter opening. The hook closure can be stored on the inside of the Sap Bucket on a loop field to keep it out of the way when the bag is in use.

Consistency is Key: A critical component of the Sap Bucket is the polymer ring that lines the rim of the pouch. This reinforced piece of polymer does two things. First, it keeps the structure of the pouch consistent. The pouch won’t fold in on itself, flop around, or be at an awkward angle when you are trying to insert or remove items from the pouch. Furthermore, it retains this structure whether the collar is cinched up or not. Second, the polymer ring will assist in deploying the bag so the user doesn’t have to flail their hand around the inside of the pouch in order to open it up to its widest opening. This is important because it means you don’t have to spend as much time shaking open your bag. We will note that prolonged storage of the bag in its compact shape will lessen the “springiness” when deploying the bag.

Accessible Retention: With one hand a user can intuitively cinch up the opening of the Sap Bucket by pulling on the shock cord. There is also a convenient pull tab attached to the shock cord to facilitate use with gloved hands. As the shock cord is pulled, the collar on the inside of the pouch will constrict limiting the size of the opening. If this concept seems familiar to you, it’s because we drew inspiration from chalk bags used in rock climbing. This feature was added so that during movement, any items placed within the bag would hit the collar and fall back down into the main body of the bag preventing them from falling out. This feature shines during vehicle work, rappelling, sprinting, and moving in and out of unconventional shooting positions. The user is able to retain items stored in the pouch but is still able to access the items via a smaller opening. Since the collar is lined with a shock cord, the user is also able to store and retrieve larger items, like a Magpul D-60, when the collar is tightened.

Bring Only What You Need: The mesh at the bottom of the Sap Bucket allows for water to drain from the bottom during maritime operations such as VBSS, or in extremely rainy conditions. The mesh bottom also allows for faster draining as compared to traditional dump pouches which typically use a single grommet all while retaining the gear you want to keep. We have two different meshes that are being used on our bags, both will retain items as small as one round of .22 short all while letting snow, sand, small pebbles, water, and other debris drain. The Black and Multicam Black bags feature larger diameter holes and the Ranger Green and Multicam feature a smaller diameter hole. If you work in an environment with more small pebbles or snow the wider gauge may be better for you. Both work fantastic and we are working to offer both options in all colorways.

I Want it ALL: Perhaps one of the most impressive features of the Sap Bucket is the internal volume. Coming in right around 6 liters, the Sap Bucket can hold 7+ standard capacity M4 mags, 2 one-liter Nalgene bottles, 2 full MREs, leashes for K9 Units, etc. In addition to storing magazines, the Sap Bucket can be used for evidence collection, S.S.E., picking up brass at the range, a shotshell bag, foraging for tinder and kindling, and storing camera equipment. How you decide to use the Sap Bucket is limited only by your imagination.

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