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Hanzo
06-13-2006, 08:15 PM
I was getting ready for an upcoming...event, and decided to snap some pictures.

This first one is a holster that was recently built for me by the VERY talented gear maker known as John Willis. This man's gear is the definition of 'tough'.
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid208/p55271537ab283112fc502cfd50ddaf37/ee843525.jpg


These next pictures are pictures of the Express profile. I've noticed that a lot of the guys who have photographed themselves with the Express tend to be shorter than I am. For referrence, I'm 6'1" and around 180lbs give or take.
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid208/pd805efd9d6acc6fa9886118e936c074c/ee843524.jpg
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid208/p67f63eaf8d768cd92919d6ab721618be/ee843522.jpg


This one is from the back with 2 long pockets and a medium pod. I was putting the pack together quickly, so, as you can tell, it's not balanced very well. But, hey, it happens.
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid208/p38e77f450a0d911d47cc7de4db8999e4/ee843523.jpg


These ones are front pictures showing how well it blends in with the uniform. One of the reasons I chose Marpat for my pack is that when I go...out, I wear Marpat and I don't really like it too obvious from a distance what I've got on me.
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid208/pec40d0e1c7ba712ff438d79b844ede46/ee8433a0.jpg
http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid208/p26bec85625c7a4f4eee097b555bde11a/ee8432ed.jpg

Hanzo
06-13-2006, 08:52 PM
Well, it's the only Kifaru pack I have, so I'm not really sure what to compare it to. To give you an idea of the comfort and fit, on my last outing my pack weighed in at around 55 pounds not including my chest rig. I was hemmed into a narrow ravine with a stream at the bottom and had to make my way out. There were no paths so I had to climb straight up. In the places where there were bushes, it was so dense that my boots didn't touch dirt. I also made about a 50-70 foot veritcal assent up a rock face. In retrospect, it was REALLY stupid, but it was the only way out. My chest rig was dragging but I felt fine the whole time. Coming down a set of boulders later on, I had to drop my pack about 15 feet down the rocks so I could make the climb and it didn't even scuff the pack.

I almost forgot to add. I was planning to do a junk on the bunk pic and write up, but I've still got a lot of work to do tonight and I've got to be up and out the door EARLY tomorrow, so that'll have to wait.

Woods Walker
06-13-2006, 08:54 PM
Sorry hanzo deleted my post in error. But sounds like that Express is great. I am thinking that for taller guys like us that longer express stays (still not certain if that is the right word) would provide more comfort.

Hanzo
06-13-2006, 09:00 PM
WW,

Yes, I'm very glad that it has the longer stays. As you can see from the profile pics, I don't really get much "lift" from it, but if I were to get a pack with shorter stays, I feel like it would be too low on my back. Maybe I'm just used to have crap strapped to the lid of my ALICE pack.

Dan M
06-14-2006, 12:39 PM
The excellent color match of the digital patterns on cordura to the uniform pattern makes a huge positive difference in "blending in" to your surroundings - both natural and policy made. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

anthracitic
06-14-2006, 12:49 PM
Nice looking holster rig.
Looks like a stiffer rigger's belt may be in order, or a stiffening section sewn in.

Hanzo
06-14-2006, 01:08 PM
Yeah, I'm thinking about having John make me a riggers belt although I really don't like the thought of giving up my trusty issued belt.

Edited to add that the leg straps are plenty strong enough that it's not hanging by the belt. My legs are just long so it pulls a bit on belt but I doubt that my belt is really supporting much of the weight if any.

militarymoron
06-14-2006, 04:52 PM
that pack really does blend well. it's hard to even tell where it starts and you end.

okiwen
06-15-2006, 04:40 PM
Hey, that MarPat really looks good. I would like a Maurader made from it. Good pics. I sure like MarPat better the ACU.