I spoke with Outlier today, and they said the pocket is functional. FSC sewed the thing down really, really tight though. They actually did something with the pocket to a different specification then Outlier wanted--so they asked I send it back to them so they could open it and do a "treatment" on the pocket. I'm not sure what that means, but they offered to overnight it back to me free.
5/14/13 at 5:07pm