I needed some extra side pockets on my Kifaru Marauder for a last minute trip to New Zealand. I hate it when work does this to you. I have already sold my much hated Camelbak Trizip and the Marauder is the only pack available for use at the moment. I contacted Ben of Garrison Packs and ask him if he would help me do the pouches asap. I can sense the hesitation initially but his tone of voice changed as soon as he heard the pouches are for a Kifaru. Kinda says a lot about the brand name you carry though. Ben…being the nice guy he is agreed to do the pouches for me with the condition I would try out the new material he just bought. It is lighter version of a pack cloth. Why not?
What a deal it was. The two side pouches were up and ready for me to collect in just under two days. I can’t thank Ben enough for his speedy work. The pouches looks awesome and well suited to what I wanted them for.
I did not want army color for the side pouches. The incident with the medical doctor has left a bitter after taste in my mouth till this day. I have contemplated selling off this Marauder for that same reason but I had to hang on to it. For personal reasons, I am not able to part with it (not now at least). It had served me too long too well to give it up now.
As for the new material that Ben is testing out, I can’t say that I like it very much. It is definitely a light and strong material but the feeling of cordura fabric is still my preferred cup of tea. The new fabric is a bit more stiff than cordura but its weight is a definite plus. I plan to drag the pouches on the sides of the Kifaru Marauder up the hills of NZ on my work assignment and see how well they do.
The Kifaru Marauder is loaded with molle inside out. With this pouches, I can reconfigure my internal organization as well. I am very pleased with the pouches now as I have always had difficulty packing certain ‘tools’ in my pack that needs to be upright all the time. These pouches solved that problem instantly.
I am looking forward to this work trip to NZ and this new side pouches for my Kifaru Marauder will definitely be put into good use. Here’s a big thank you to Ben of Garrison Packs for superb job on them!