Category Archives: Garrison Packs

GP-Kedai membaiki backpack di Selangor

Membaiki backpack Camelbak di Malaysia
Wak mencari mereka yang boleh membaiki backpack HAWG dengan betul

Sudah lama Wak mencari kedai membaiki backpack Camelbak Hawg yang ada sedikit rosak. Memanglah banyak kedai yang boleh repair bag tapi Garrison Packs (GP) yang disyorkan si Mystrm memang arif dalam kerja membaiki, modifikasi serta kerja-kerja tempah khas bag, terutamanya untuk activity lasak dan juga kegunaan ketenteraan.

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Custom made bike panniers for Kawasaki KLX250

A set of custom made Kawasaki KLX250 panniers by Garrison Packs
A set of custom made bike panniers for Kawasaki KLX250 by Garrison Packs

My friend shared with me pictures of his custom made bike panniers for his Kawasaki KLX250.  This is the sort of product and services that I think is severely lacking in Malaysia. To have someone who can custom make goods that meets a user’s needs and expectations. Just like custom made knives, Garrison Packs specializes in nylon based products.

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Custom EDC pack design sewn by Garrison Packs

My own EDC pack design based on Kifaru & HPG. Refined from some sketches I made years ago
My own EDC pack design based on Kifaru & HPG. Refined from some sketches I made years ago

A few years ago, I came up with my own custom EDC pack design inspired by brands like  Kifaru, HPG, Mystery Ranch and S.O.Tech. Each of these brands have particular models with characteristics and features I like a lot. Since I didn’t know anyone back then who could turn my design into reality, I shelved the ideas and sketches. Packs after packs I tried and I still long for a fully custom built pack. Now that I have come to know Malaysian custom pack maker Garrison Packs, I started re-sketching my designs again. I tested Ben’s capability with the custom sling pouch and decided to commission him to make my EDC pack design a reality.

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Custom sling pouch by Garrison Packs

My first custom sling EDC pouch made in Malaysia by Garrison Packs
My first custom sling EDC pouch made in Malaysia by Garrison Packs

I finally had the chance to field test the custom sling pouch done up by Malaysian custom bag maker Garrison Packs. As usual, Ben was superbly accommodating, knowing well by now that each of my orders needed to be completed yesterday! I have tried many products as my every day carry. I have tried brands like Mountainsmith (models Day & Tour), LBT14868A and even an old Eagle Industries waist pouch. They are all great but somewhat each and everyone of them falls either in the category or too small or too big. So, I decided to make a sketch of what I wanted and the size for Ben to make for me.

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Kifaru Marauder in need of side pouches

My Kifaru Marauder needs some extra space.
My Kifaru Marauder needs some extra space.

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?

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My design to bag maker Garrison Packs

Some pack designs I was working on
Some pack designs I was working on

I have finalized a few designs for Malaysian bag maker Garrison Packs to make for me. Its been a few sleepless nights trying to come up with the designs. There are many features and ‘characters’ from various brands and models of nylon products in the market that I really like and trying to Frankenstein all of them into a single unit has not met with much success. Thankfully, I got a call from Ben (owner of Garrison Packs) and he assured me, the best approach for the first design is clean and simple.

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Customized bags at Garrison Packs

One of the several machines at Garrison Packs in near Puchong
One of the several machines at Garrison Packs in near Puchong

Malaysians can now draw up their own designs and have customized bags, pouches etc made up at Garrison Packs. Garrison Packs is based in Selangor but their products and services have reached shores as far as Europe, New Zealand and neighboring Singapore. Using mostly mil-spec materials on their wares, Garrison Pack consists of people who are really passionate about their nylon carries. They carry in stock plenty of genuine Cordura fabrics, ITW components for military use (they even have Austrialpins) and gosh….the largest collection of Kifaru packs in Malaysia I have ever seen.

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