Hi Rob,

I don't have any scar, just found the phrasing curious. I was around at the time but do not remember it quite like that.

I have a Koala Lite, a couple full-sized Koalas, and a few iterations of the HPG Kit Bag. I love them all, for different purposes. But before anyone was making a chest bag I was hanging a "claymore" bag from the front of my pack straps so these seem tailor-made for me.

I have been using Kifaru gear a long time but am not exclusive; HPG also makes a good product, while the pack I carry most these days is a Mystery Ranch. Again, its about what will best fit your needs. Reminds me of a couple adages from Sal Glesser over at Spyderco:

All Good, Just Different
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