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Bullfrog
06-30-2009, 09:43 AM
Hi all, packing up for a trip and thought I would take some quick and ugly pics of my new Molle Express, E&E and 2 Quart/Utility pockets and Top Zip Hybrid Long Pockets for those of you out there who are curious about the different ways to set it up - not too many pics out there!

apologies in advance for my crappy camera skills (and there is no good natural light in an apt!)

Just a note: the 2 Quart/Utility pocket is real dark horse - I ordered them on a whim (and bc they were on sale) and can't get over how amazingly useful and versatile they are!

ENJOY!

E&E G2 with 2 Quart/Utility pocket - I greatly favor this setup over the organizer (and think I will be selling my organizer soon...)
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2033.jpg
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2039.jpg
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2041.jpg
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2037.jpg

E&E G2 with Organizer
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2053.jpg

Mollex with 2 Quart/Utility pockets
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2043.jpg
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2044.jpg

Mollex with 2 Quart/Utility pockets & E&E (with and without Organizer - the E&E isnt stuffed out like it should be and should be synced up a lot tighter - I'm lazy).
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2045.jpg
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2046.jpg
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2048.jpg
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2050.jpg

Mollex with Top Zip Hybrid Long pockets
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2058.jpg

Mollex with Top Zip Hybrid Long pockets and 2 Quart/Utility pockets (looks sooooo nice - love this setup!)
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2056.jpg
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2057.jpg

Mollex with Top Zip Hybrid Long pockets and E&E (without Organizer attached)
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2062.jpg
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2063.jpg

rt014
06-30-2009, 11:20 AM
Thanks for the pics....great setup. The long pockets and 2 qt. combo does look great.

adi
06-30-2009, 12:31 PM
Thanks for the pics Bullfrog...definitely a rarity to see Mollex setup.
I spent days searching the ether for Mollex setup pics (and in CB) prior to pulling the proverbial trigger...

So...2 Quarts are recommended eh? Good thing I've misplaced my wallet somewhere in the house. :D

Bullfrog
06-30-2009, 12:49 PM
Glad you like the pics guys.

@ adi - yes the 2 Quarts rule! The 2008 malice model in CB is only $30 :eek: :D

Akilae
06-30-2009, 01:07 PM
Wow, that setup looks nice! Have you had a chance to take the mollex out for a spin in the city? How did you find it?

Bullfrog
06-30-2009, 01:29 PM
Took it out this morning without any pockets on to drop off and pick up some books from the library and a few errands - it rides reeeeeeeeal nice!

It definitely rides better than my G2 Xray (the stays make a difference) and it somehow feels smaller on my back. It hugs so well that I dont even think it will be an issue on a packed subway.

You have to prefer top and bottom loaders though - I could see how one who favors panel loaders might get frustrated with the pack. There is enough organization for me however between the lid pocket, under the lid pocket, chamber pocket and the addition of a 2 quart or organizer.

Brotzie
06-30-2009, 02:18 PM
Mollex with Top Zip Hybrid Long pockets and 2 Quart/Utility pockets (looks sooooo nice - love this setup!)
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2057.jpg



That's because it's a MAN's setup with no PALS left uncovered... :D

steveb
06-30-2009, 02:52 PM
Just got my G2 MollEx also. This pack will be perfect for general day-hiking! Not too big nor too small, just right. I also have the G2 Zulu. The Express, while having the identical suspension, is a very different animal. Ride is about the same, but the Express is much trimmer. I can stuff nearly twice as much into my Zulu than Express. The real-world difference in capacity is more like 2000 cubes, not the 900 specified. I was worried they might be too similar, but that's not the case. That Zulu is great for cramming a 3-Season bag, tent, warm clothing, etc. but a little bulky for day only activity. The MollEx, with it's trim profile and minimum 'slop', is not the best for bulky overnight items but is truly optimized for day hiking over rough terrain. I plan to run it fairly 'clean' most of the time, with only an organizer, grab-it, and a couple of 'roly-polys', to take advantage of it's profile in the bush.

Akilae
06-30-2009, 03:45 PM
You horrible, horrible people... guess it's time to flog my G2 X-Ray in the trading post to fund a mollex purchase.

I'll assume since the suspension is the same, the X-Ray belt will work with the mollex?

steveb
06-30-2009, 06:51 PM
Affirmative. That belt can be used with all Omni-packs. When I first looked at Kifaru packs a couple of years ago, I considered the Express because of the size and shape. I went with the Pointman (now sold) because the Express lacked substantial padding and pals. Now that it has all of that (and more), I couldn't resist getting one even though I have a Zulu. I'm glad I did. The Zulu is real versatile, but it's best role for me is that of an overnight or weekend camping/backpacking sack. The Mollex will get the nod for most of my day-only activities, unless it's very cold.

Bullfrog
07-07-2009, 12:01 PM
Well back from Wisconsin and my Mollex was perfection!

Wound up being able to fit all I needed plus stuff for our dog (he flies with us) in the Mollex and just two 2 Quarts - didnt need my Long Pockets or E&E and at this point not really needing the Organizer (prefer the 2 Quart). I had enough clothes for 7 days + toiletries + dog stuff and my packrat organizer.

For you flyers, it fit in the overhead perfectly on the larger plane and JUST fit in the overhead on the puddle jumper from Milwaukee to Green Bay. On the puddle jumper, it would have fit with long pockets on the sides not too stuffed out but not with anything on the front like and E&E or claymore.

Really loving this pack :D

Akilae
07-07-2009, 07:38 PM
but not with anything on the front like and E&E or claymore.


Does this "anything" include the organizer?

Bullfrog
07-07-2009, 07:46 PM
Does this "anything" include the organizer?

It would be tight but, if you really crammed it I bet you could get the organizer in - it also would depend on HOW stuffed out your mollex is to begin with - mine had some give...

Worst case you could just pop the organizer off, or claymore for that matter, and stuff it under your seat or shove it in the wifey's bag ;) Ideally if I needed more room I would D&L my E&E with Organizer/2 Quart to the Mollex and just remove that when the Mollex is in overhead... I just didnt need the E&E this time.

Honestly, I cannot imagine a smaller carryon compartment than was on this puddle jumper - people had to move around to balance the weight - any smaller a plane and you probably would have to stow it under... I think you'd be good with the organizer.

Let me know if you have any other Qs - I'm going to try to find the model plane we were on...

noflushbandit
07-08-2009, 03:28 PM
This is my next setup! I love the looks of it and i think it will fit me better than the x-ray does. I still love my x-ray though, but I think the extra size and stays of the mollex will be greatly appreciated!

Akilae
07-08-2009, 09:58 PM
Yeah, I've also placed an order for a mollex. I figure the worst that can happen is that it's really that much bigger than the X-ray that I can't use it for day-to-day use and send it back to Kifaru, as much as I hate doing that...

Bullfrog
07-08-2009, 10:10 PM
Yeah, I've also placed an order for a mollex. I figure the worst that can happen is that it's really that much bigger than the X-ray that I can't use it for day-to-day use and send it back to Kifaru, as much as I hate doing that...

Let the wait begin!

Honestly, my mollex feels smaller to me than the xray on my back and is definitely less bulky, relatively speaking - it really "hugs" you and it actually appears thinner, measuring front-back, but, I think you get the added 500 CIs from its top-bottom length over the xray - the sucker is DEEP...

I think it will come down to if you can live without the front zip access of the xray...

noflushbandit
07-09-2009, 07:43 AM
I use my panel on my X-Ray on very few occasions. It usually gets covered up with a pouch (claymore). I love the similarity of the Mollex to the Pointman, which I had for a while and sold off a few months back. The wait it on until I get the Mollex and my first E+E. I think somewhere down the line I want to pick up another larger pack like a navigator, but I think with the way I pack, I can make the Mollex go a long way.

steveb
07-09-2009, 08:45 AM
I don't own an X-Ray, but I chose the MolExp over it for a general day pack because of user feedback. I took it on a 25km hike over rough terrain the other day and it performed flawlessly. Feels like a part of you, great for the thick vegetation here. Don't worry, it's not too big at all.

As far as panel loaders go, I think they are best suited for urban edc or travel packs. Panel loading works great on a small EDC pack for getting to items frequently. Also good for a urban travel pack (think airline travel), or vehicle supported camping, as they are like a suitcase with a suspension and you can fold clothes nicely. Square shape fits well in bins. Also can be good for certain military/law enforcement/other .gov jobs where you need frequent access to equipment organized in lock and loads.

IME, I do not recommend panel loading in larger packs (over 3000 ci, like Navigator or AG1) for outback use in the traditional backpacking role. You have to lay them down on the back (sometimes in mud) to access the contents or have stuff fall out, are hard to overstuff, and if a zipper fails (which happens when you overstuff them too often), watch out.

Blades
07-23-2009, 02:57 PM
Hi all, packing up for a trip and thought I would take some quick and ugly pics of my new Molle Express, E&E and 2 Quart/Utility pockets and Top Zip Hybrid Long Pockets for those of you out there who are curious about the different ways to set it up - not too many pics out there!

apologies in advance for my crappy camera skills (and there is no good natural light in an apt!)

Just a note: the 2 Quart/Utility pocket is real dark horse - I ordered them on a whim (and bc they were on sale) and can't get over how amazingly useful and versatile they are!

ENJOY!

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2037.jpg

E&E G2 with Organizer
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2053.jpg




Thanks for the pics- I was wondering about the organizer.


Jason

noflushbandit
07-23-2009, 04:55 PM
Just out of curiosity, how do the x-ray straps tuck away on the e+e as compared to the standard ones. I know the x-rays ones are bulkier, but seem to disappear just as well. any thoughts?

Bullfrog
07-23-2009, 05:11 PM
Just out of curiosity, how do the x-ray straps tuck away on the e+e as compared to the standard ones. I know the x-rays ones are bulkier, but seem to disappear just as well. any thoughts?

When I piggy-back my E&E to my mollex I dont even bother tucking the straps in anymore - I just leave them. They haven't yet gotten in the way, they dont even seem noticeable (I didnt have them tucked in my original pics) and its just easier when I need to split em up...

Here is an original pick - you can just see the straps poking out at the bottom of the E&E:

http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/IMG_2046.jpg


But tucking it is just as easy as with the stock seatbelt straps - not bulky at all and doesn't seem too different than the regular straps :D

Before:
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/photo-16.jpg

Natural fold point:
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/photo-17.jpg

The tuck :D:
http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm33/harry1922/photo-18.jpg

et voila ;)

Let me know if you have any more Qs or want to see any pics - cell phones make it nice and easy :)

noflushbandit
07-23-2009, 08:22 PM
Excellent! Thats exactly what I was thinking. I love looking at these pics cause that is my setup that I am waiting on. Only difference is that I bought some mid longs bc I can never seem to fill up the long pockets (I travel beyond light). Ill post mine up with the mid longs as soon as I get it! Thanks BF