Category Archives: Packs

One Planet backpack from Australia

one planet daypack
Some letters fadded…this is the discontinued One Planet Little Ripper 45 daypack

This is the Little Ripper 45, a One Planet backpack from Australia I scored from New Zealand recently. A relatively unknown brand to many, One Planet is known to make robust, bullet proof packs for the hard and harsh environment of Australia. Having heard many good things about the brand and the products, I jumped on the opportunity to own one, even though it is an old and discontinued model.

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Simple backpack mod

mountainsmith wolrd cup flap
The velcro on the flaps no longer work. It keeps opening up. I gotta do something about it

I decided to do a simple backpack mod on the Mountainsmith World Cup backpack over the weekend. I been taking this pack on daily basis recently and realized the velcro flap at the front doesn’t seem to stick anymore. The flap keeps opening up whenever I stuff the front pocket with stuff. Something easy to fix…now that I have a sewing machine at home.

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The North Face Escape & Evade pack?

The North Face classic pack
This is an old… perhaps classic even. I would call this The North Face Escape & Evade

Check out this The North Face Escape & Evade pack (that’s what I call it anyway). I pulled this pack out after having a chat with the folks at Malaysian custom pack maker Garrison Packs. We we talking about pack designs, copies and pack concepts. I am not for 1 to 1 copy but adopting concepts I am fine with. Here is an example of what I think would be a shared concept.

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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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The Osprey’s straight jacket compression

Osprey packs's compression system is way ahead of its competitors
Osprey Eclipse 26+5  packs’s straight jacket compression system is way ahead of its competitors in its time

The straight jacket compression system on this Osprey Eclipse 26+5 pack is really awesome. After a continuous use for over two weeks, I realized the pack’s compression system isn’t like any other pack I have ever used. Here’s a closer look.

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Osprey Eclipse 26+5

An older model by Osprey which is still in very good condition
An older model by Osprey which is still in very good condition

I got this incomplete, used but in almost new condition Osprey Eclipse 26+5 pack as a hand me down from a friend. Osprey packs have always fascinated me with their design and functionality. I used to own several Osprey packs in the past and this Eclipse model is certainly one of the older generation models.  The material, build and design of the pack certainly brings back memory.

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Mountainsmith World Cup…what a classic pack this is

A classic made in the USA Mountainsmith pack which I am finding hard to part with
A classic,  made in the USA Mountainsmith pack which I am finding hard to part with

This is a classic, made in the USA Mountainsmith World Cup pack I bought some years back. I believe this is one of the few packs that were made by Mountainsmith when Patrick Smith was still the owner. I love the shape of the pack and there are some areas on the pack that I think is note worthy. I have carried this pack for some time in the past but have of course moved on to others.

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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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Outdoor gear repair in New Zealand

Some of the repair components available at TwinNeedle
Some of the repair components available at TwinNeedle

 

If you ever need to do outdoor gear repair in New Zealand, you can do so by contacting the folks at TwinNeedle . A buckle on my Kifaru Marauder broke after I accidentally stepped on it. The only place to get some quality buckles to replace it would have to be TwinNeedle. A few weeks ago, I dropped by at their store on Tuam street and was pleasantly surprised by the many updates Matt and Chris has put on their store.

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Tad Fast Pack LiteSpeed review…final

Even the bottom of the pack is covered with molle!
Even the bottom of the pack is covered with molle!

 

Here’s the continuation of my TAD Fast Pack Lite Speed review. (See here for the first part) This pack is certainly full of molle. I wonder if it is necessary or just another ‘marketing’ gimmick. I wonder if there are any real soldiers who would carry a Lite Speed into battle. The more I look at this pack, the more it reminds me of the GoRuck Bullet Ruck.  The outside shape and size looks similar. Time to take a look inside the Lite Speed.
Note to self:  Goruck the next ‘to buy item’?

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