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poi dog
06-06-2009, 11:31 PM
Aloha Kifaruites! I received my MMR G2 last week and finally got the chance to play around with it this past week. It is such a versatile pack with the new hauler setup. The tab loops on the frame make the setup options limited only to your imagination. I only own an E&E and small pod (besides the x-ray) so I haven't been able to truly put together to many combinations. The G2 MMR is also super compressable, allowing it to become quite the compact package. The pics I took of the bag are barely loaded. It only has a few of my hiking/backpacking items. On to the pics:

The front of the pack
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/Kifaru%20Gear/IMG_1669.jpg
The back of the pack.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/Kifaru%20Gear/IMG_1670.jpg
The duplex suspension is unbelieveably comfortable! While setting up the pack, I loaded a half size water cooler jug filled with water to fine tune the adjustments. The huge lumbar pad, waist belt and shoulder straps combined with the long frame length make it super comfortable to hold the load on the back.

A pic of the height of the bag.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/Kifaru%20Gear/IMG_1671.jpg
...and with the snow collar extended make for a HUGE amount of room. Perfect for ANYTHING I'll do in Hawaii.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/Kifaru%20Gear/IMG_1673.jpg
The next three (3) pics are of the pack compressed and lightly loaded. Forgive the loose straps.:o
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/Kifaru%20Gear/IMG_1677.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/Kifaru%20Gear/IMG_1678.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/Kifaru%20Gear/IMG_1675.jpg

The separation of the G2 MMR bag from the frame are brilliant. While I never owned a G1 model, just seeing how the frame separates from the bag give me chills. With the G2 model, you click out two buckles and undue the shoulder lifter strap and the frame comes right off the bag, no fuss. Now, you might be thinking that the frame and bag must be weak when it comes to carrying a load if they are only held together in this manner. When I had the water cooler bottle loaded, I did some thrashing around side to side with no slippage. I'm planning on loading a full size and filler water cooler bottle to do some more testing but it is unnecessary. Patrick and Mel would never release something that wasn't tested and solid. With the loads Mel can hump, rest asured that the G2 duplex system is solid.
On Thursday, I took the frame to the Mountains with my family on a small hike. Here are some pics of the frame separated with my E&E and small pod D&L'ed. The E&E is loaded with a source hydration bladder and two (2) kleen kanteens. The pod has a small towel in it as I was planning on using it for padding while humping my youngest daughter. (I'm sorry that I didn't take pics of the frame naked...I'll fix that next week when I'm done with work)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/Kifaru%20Gear/b7928331.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/Kifaru%20Gear/eae65b96.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/Kifaru%20Gear/63061ba5.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/Kifaru%20Gear/b61878a1.jpg

The G2 frame hauler is so versatile that I think my X-ray MAY be out of a job for day hikes, thus my ad in the trading post for medium pods. Not only can I vary the size of what I take, it can handle any weight and be SUPER comfortable to carry. Carrying my daughters on the frame with all of the comfort of the duplex system was a dream. My son wanted to give it a try and I loaded him up too. He is about 73 lbs. and the comfort level of the system on my back was awesome! My legs/knees felt the weight of course, but the padding of the duplex was incredible. Oh, a note on the large pack lock strip on the lumbar pad...it WORKS! With my son loaded, there was quite a bit of movement as he would swing his legs around, but the lumbar pad stayed put. When I finished the hike, I was feeling the packlock pad and it actually felt more "grippy" when wet.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/kokee-berry%20flat%206-4-09/IMG_1703.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/kokee-berry%20flat%206-4-09/IMG_1704.jpg
My daughter getting crazy for the photo :p
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/kokee-berry%20flat%206-4-09/IMG_1698.jpg

poi dog
06-06-2009, 11:41 PM
My son loaded and enjoying the ride:cool:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/kokee-berry%20flat%206-4-09/IMG_1708.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/kanak1911/kokee-berry%20flat%206-4-09/IMG_1709.jpg

If there is one critique about the G2 MMR, I would say that the waistbelt pull straps are way to long. Even if I was loaded with cold weather gear there'd be a ton of extra webbing. Maybe it's to also compensate for people of varying waist sizes in conjunction with layers of clothing.

The other would be that the delta straps are way to short for my liking. Every other Kifaru pack I own/owned (x-ray and pointman) had ample length. With what the G2 MMR has, I couldn't get good leverage when using the frame only and had difficultly snugging up the deltas as the straps were far to the rear.

All in all, this was an AWESOME purchase and wouldn't change that purchase (except for the above critique) for anything.:cool::cool:

adi
06-07-2009, 12:50 AM
Poi,

Thanks for the mini review. I really can't wait for my MMR now.
Do you happen to have a picture of the MMR frame frontside without all the attachments? I'd really like to see what's on the G2 version and start sketching some potential attachments and loads on paper.

Thanks and how's Hawaii's volcanic activity? Got to visit the place one day. We're experiencing quite a bit of activity down here in the south west corner of the ring.

poi dog
06-07-2009, 05:14 AM
Poi,

Thanks for the mini review. I really can't wait for my MMR now.
Do you happen to have a picture of the MMR frame frontside without all the attachments? I'd really like to see what's on the G2 version and start sketching some potential attachments and loads on paper.

Thanks and how's Hawaii's volcanic activity? Got to visit the place one day. We're experiencing quite a bit of activity down here in the south west corner of the ring.No problem adi, glad you enjoyed it:cool: As for the naked frame pic, sorry I didn't get it up. I need to take some pics of the frame. I totally had a brain fart and didn't snap a few pics of that while doing the other photos. I'll remedy that, but it'll have be next week Wednesday or Thursday. Sorry to keep you waiting so long but work is keeping me from getting it done earlier. I was talking with Mel the other day and he's also planning on getting some pics up of the multiplicity of configurations with the duplex frame. Either way, I'll get the pics up next week:cool:

adi
06-07-2009, 06:38 AM
Sorry to keep you waiting so long but work is keeping me from getting it done earlier. I was talking with Mel the other day and he's also planning on getting some pics up of the multiplicity of configurations with the duplex frame. Either way, I'll get the pics up next week:cool:

Poi, really...it should be me who should apologize for giving you more things to do.
My MMR doesn't arrive till mid-July so next week is great.

If I recall correctly, Mel was about to upload some snaps of the G2 hauler as well but maybe the man is too busy getting the Demo happening. Wish I could be there.

Thanks again :)

steveb
06-07-2009, 01:42 PM
Poi Dog, very nice! Thanks for sharing. That new G2 system looks to be very versatile. Looks like I already know what I want my birthday present to be this fall...a G2 MMR hauler with either the MMR or AG2 bag in foliage. Definitely the way to go for a large Kifaru Pack. You will be able to use that setup with the MMR, AG1, or AG2 bags or an assortment of pods/pockets, wow. The possibilities are endless....

Mel
06-07-2009, 07:54 PM
Hey Poi Dog, great review and pics! I wish I could do my testing in the islands:D. I like the pics of your kids in the Cargo Chair.

Mel

poi dog
06-07-2009, 08:05 PM
Thanks Mel :cool: That would be sweet if you could do some of the testing here, especially if I could tag along :D The only thing bad would be me humping a ruck much lighter than yours because I'm a pansy compared to you :o:p

Hey steveb, thanks for the comments :cool: Yes, the possibilities are endless. As you can see from Mel's posts, it's just the tip of the iceburg. Try calling him and having a conversation about the frame. The amount of ideas he has floating around in his head are endless :cool: Most of my setup has come from ideas from talking with Mel. You'll love the MMR hauler and will make a great present for yourself. If you don't already have a bunch of pods and pockets, you'd probably want to start hitting up the trading post or the ordering site to make ready for your many set up senarios :p I already placed a WTB ad in the trading post for a couple of medium pods ;).

Steel314
06-11-2009, 12:27 AM
Great review of the pack! I will be ordering one of these with Armor Grip hauler. Can't wait!

rwandrw
04-08-2010, 08:37 PM
I JUST ordered a ZXR my wife and self looked at the photos and are now rethinking that, maybe the MMR? BUT she pointed out I never go any place with out a bunch of gear wondering how a kid would fit with a med load in the ZXR anyones thoughts?


RW

Steel314
04-08-2010, 09:13 PM
The cargo chair will still fit on the bottom/back of the ZXR and can be used to carry the kid with the pack.

The decision comes down to if you will use it in cargo hauler mode (bag off) or not? And do you want/need the side zipper access.

steveb
04-09-2010, 09:13 AM
Yes, the decision (ZXR v MMR) should primarily be based on the need for the 'cargo hauler configuration', sans the pack bag. Second, you need to consider how much weight you will usually carry. I agree with Cameron after using both...under 70 lbs, Wrap tech, over 70, Du Plex. Finally, the pals configuration and bag features should be considered (I really like the slot pockets of the ZXR, but also the sleeping bag compartment of the MMR).

rwandrw
04-09-2010, 11:11 AM
Mel could fix this WHOLE problem if they offered a ZXR on the other frame. The bags are the same cubic inches why not? I don't want to get in from the sides I like the slots so I am pissed I hate not being to buy what i want what is this france? Why is it Kifaru is the only company that makes packs that are thought!! rant rant rant!!

sending him an email,

RW

I started to train this week for the summer was using my Maraude my wife said she did not see why I wanted anymore packs by this company as I was bent forward a lot which she though was not to happen with this pack maker. told I don't think it was made to carry 60 lbs