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adi
08-13-2009, 08:56 AM
Got my MOLLEX the other day and took it for a 21 hour hike across a volcano near home.
The pack rocks and the suspension is solid. Thanks for making great packs, Kifaru!

One of the best item I ordered was the Medium Compression Stuff Sack, it compressed my gear really well. Thinking of ordering more and am wondering, what can you fit in a large and small Compression Stuff Sacks? Any info? Thanks in advance.

Some pics if Kifaru in Indonesia :)

On the meadow.
http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss23/aIskandar/IMG_0782.jpg

Mt.Gede's crater.
http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss23/aIskandar/IMG_0828.jpg

The neighbouring volcano, Mt.Pangrango.
http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss23/aIskandar/IMG_0809.jpg

On the way down.
http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss23/aIskandar/IMG_0836.jpg

jadias
08-13-2009, 01:53 PM
Man, I really like how you have the rollmat lashed on there, and the position of the Organiser. Might have to re-jig my own MOLLE Express. :)

Great packs, though, aren't they? Loving mine.

Awesome pics, too. Thanks for sharing. :)

Pocket Lint
08-13-2009, 06:28 PM
adi,

Nice setup, and nice pics, thanks!

Yea i'm wondering what you have on your Mollex, and how you set up your rollmat.

I'm ready to pull the trigger on a G2 Express, or Mollex.

Thanks

PL

adi
08-13-2009, 11:02 PM
Jadias and Pocket Lint,

Thanks for enjoying my pics :)

I have the D&L Long Pocket attached at the bottom of my MOLLEX (a Claymore or a Pod will also fit) and threaded the Organizer through the 4th to 6th PALS row (counting from top) so it left some room for the rollmat.

My rain gear went into the Long Pocket, the pocket itself is secured with the D&L and the MOLLEX bottom straps further secures the pocket. What's left from the straps webbing I use to attach the rollmat, the volume maintains tension and keeps the straps from coming loose on the mattress.

Another possibility is to acquire some PiggyBack Kit and Slotted Buckles from Kifaru, the possibilities are (almost) endless. I'm really impressed with how Kifaru gives the user options for configurations. Given enough time, I can probably turn my pack into a Transformers. :D

In the MOLLEX itself I had my 3Ltr Bladder, TarpTent, First Aid Kit, an MSR Stove, eating/cooking utensils and enough food for 36 hours. I planned on going through to the other volcano (Mt.Pangrango) but after seeing the condition on the meadow (really dry and fire prone), decided to cut trip short.

Almost forgot, Kifaru Packs has lots of straps dangling around and they can get in the way sometimes. At the moment I'm securing them with Web Dominators but if you have access to a sewing machine and 1" hook & loops (Velcro), it's worth sewing the hook & loops to the end of some straps (CamelBak and TAD Gear does it on their packs). They're lighter and neater.

Now I can't wait to take the MMR to traverse Tengger Highlands. :)
(note: picture take by someone else but couldn't find who yet)

http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss23/aIskandar/Tengger_Highlands.jpg

jadias
08-14-2009, 01:08 PM
Great info, thanks. That last photo is stunning, too!

Is volcanology a big interest of yours, or do you just end up hiking around a lot of them because of your location? Also, which Tarptent are you using? I have one of Henry Shires' Tarptent Contrails that I picked up a couple of years back and I couldn't be happier with it as a lightweight shelter while traveling.

adi
08-16-2009, 03:25 AM
Jadias,

It's something I do to get out of the hustle & bustle. :)
My Tarptent is a Rainshadow, I quite like it for its simplicity and lightweight. Used to walk around with just a bivysack and a sleeping bag but getting a little old for it.



Great info, thanks. That last photo is stunning, too!

Is volcanology a big interest of yours, or do you just end up hiking around a lot of them because of your location? Also, which Tarptent are you using? I have one of Henry Shires' Tarptent Contrails that I picked up a couple of years back and I couldn't be happier with it as a lightweight shelter while traveling.

jadias
08-16-2009, 06:32 PM
Ah, cool. I'm in the middle of what basically amounts to a volcanology degree right now so this stuff is right up my street... ;)

The Rainshadow looks nice. I was tempted to get a Squall 2 recently because I'd like to take the girlfriend out, but obviously we won't both fit in the Contrail (I barely fit with all my kit - me, my boots and my E&E inside, and my Express or EMR under the beak outside). The Rainshadow is basically a 3-man Squall, correct? How do you find pitching it, and how well does it stand up to wind? I love my Contrail, and the 2 minute setup has made it the envy of a lot of my friends, but if the wind changes and hits it side-on, the thing acts like a wind-break. The curved profile of the larger Tarptents looks much better for shedding wind. :)

adi
08-18-2009, 06:31 AM
Yes, you're correct about the Rainshadow being a 3 person Cloudburst.
I've only experienced moderate crosswind up to now and the tent handles it fine. Pitching took me about 3-4 minutes at the maximum.

I thought about getting the Cloudburst but for an additional 10 bucks, I can get a 3 person tent so went for the Rainshadow instead.

So are you doing a Volcanology related degree? No wonder, you're interested in the pics. Some of our volcanoes are "coughing" right now, an increased activity along the ring of fire since the 2004 Tsunami. You should come and check them out :)

Out of interest, have you any experience with the Compression Stuff Sacks? Would like to know what fits in the small and large prior to ordering some.

jadias
08-20-2009, 11:11 AM
Yep, just general 'Earth Sciences' right now but specialising in volcanology. I'm off to Iceland tomorrow to take a year-long course out there - one of the best places to study this stuff! I'd love to visit Indonesia - maybe sometime once I'm done with my degree, before I move onto my doctorate.

I've never used the compression sacks, no. I was looking at them myself (for my Woobie, mostly) but never got round to actually getting one. Sometime, maybe. I'm pretty sure a small one will take a Woobie G2, but I'm not sure about the Doobie or, frankly, anything else.

rt014
08-20-2009, 11:27 AM
I'm pretty sure a small one will take a Woobie G, but I'm not sure about the Doobie or, frankly, anything else.

I'm hoping the small stuff sack takes a Doobie....I have both on the way