Nordic Smart Alec + modular pockets
I snapped a few quick daylight photos for everyone's reference with regard to both the color of Nordic dyneema in daylight and the overall appearance of the dyneema Smart Alec.
First is just the SA.
Second has both modular pockets added. Unfortunately the modular pockets that came with my order were nordic rather than steel--I have emailed customerservice to address it and am awaiting a response.
The third was for me to see if the steel modular pockets would look better to my eye, as I had originally thought. I created the effect by putting a steel aeronaut end pocket packing cube over the lower modular pocket. It's a poor effort because it was done hastily, but I think it served its purposes of the color comparison well enough.
It did confirm my thoughts. I prefer the two-tone look. An even stronger contrast like Iberian, Wasabi, or Ultraviolet might be quite nice too, but the steel/nordic combination is a good look, IMO. I imagine the reverse combination (Steel SA, nordic modular pockets) would also work well.