The rig has pockets, and pockets galore! It has the main compartment for maps, pens, pencils, etc..but it also has pockets for plates in the front and one on each side. Also there is webbing on the inside where you can put whatever you need. It is VERY light wieght, and VERY comfortable. It'll fit almost anyone, im 6' 170lbs, and it fits me more then perfectly! =) im VERY please with it. It also has numerous amounts of buckles.