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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.