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Poor mans pack (Tasmanian Tiger Essential Pack Review)

Discussion in 'Gear Reviews' started by Toepack24, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Toepack24

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    I've always dreamed of having an EDC pack with military heritage. Either it be a TAD Litespeed, 5.11 Rush 12, Mystery Ranch ASAP, Tactical Tailor Removable Operator Pack, or Kifaru E&E.

    I have searched high and wide, but all of them posed a huge roadblock; price. Non of my dream bags mentioned above where near my price range of $50. I am a nurse working in a third world hospital and i am proud to say i can live off less than $400 a month.

    So here it is, the answer to my problems; the Tasmanian Tiger Essential Pack.
    Key points to why this bag works for me:
    1. It maybe be small (540ci/8L), yet I use 90% of the space 90% of the time. Efficient.
    2. Price. $50 CAD, + $10 for Multicam.
    3. Rare. I get that exclusive feel.

    Note 1: My ideal capacity would be around 18-21L.
    1st choice, the Mystery Ranch ASAP, but very expensive. Still is my dream pack.
    2nd choice was the TacTailor RO pack was perfect, still expensive.
    3rd was Goruck SD15 or SD20. Problem is, at that time, it was at $100. Had it been $60 then as is the price now, i would have probably gone for it. Pro's: Size, Con's: No Molle, No compression straps.

    Note 2: Luckily, I had a friend living in Canada. Thus the free shipping.

    Note 3: The are certain discrepancies with the measurements given in the website, 44 x 27 x 4 cm or 17.3 x 10.6 x 1.5 in. I have done my own measurements down below.

    Here are a couple pictures. I've noticed there aren't many reviews on this pack let alone other Tasmanian Tiger gear. Maybe one day, if there is a demand, i'll make a video review.

    Hope this helps anyone. Any questions would be gladly entertained.

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    (10in Netbook + 800ml water bottle + 300ml Mountain Dew bottle)

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    + camera pouch. Still got space for a t-shirt or small bag of chips.

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    Yes. It can stand upside down, if clothes in the bottom.

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    you probably wouldn't want to do this, but this just shows how long the straps are...

    more pictures to follow..

    :)
     
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  2. Lee Bradbury

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    Interesting looking bag...not sure about that water-bottle in the last photo though!!
     
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  3. watdafact

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    nice. I can see you're from the Philippines ( judging from the Boysen paint buckets ) if I'm not mistaken. If so, where in the Philippines are you from?
     
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  4. Toepack24

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    Thanks.. i saw a duffel bag right about that size. Incase i need extra space, i could do that. :)
     
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  5. sventvkg

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    Does this pack have a backboard in there?


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  6. Toepack24

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    Cavite. I'm an 30mins away from Taal Volcano. :)
     
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  7. Toepack24

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    Nope. Just a cushion board, about 1-2cm thick [​IMG]
     
  8. watdafact

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    I'm actually from Las-Pinas. Hehe. We're just neighbors dude.
     
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    Additional Photos:

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    D-Rings on both sides. Elastic bands on the compression straps


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    Hydration Port. Its very small at tight. I don't think you can pass a Camel back Antidote tube thru that.

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    this is the bottom. The website says the width is 4cm and 6L. Clearly its not. its about 8cm or 3 in and 8L

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    BTW, the bottom is only single ply. I made a strip of foam which i put inside to cushion my bump sensitive items.

    Hope you guys can give this pack a try. I'd like to hear what Kifaru E&E or MR ASAP/Spartan owners could say about how this pack compares to theirs. On a tight budget or not, I would get this bag. This pack stays with me where ever i go. Its a pack built for a specific workload and its only $50 CAD for black/green/coyote. :)
     
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  10. Toepack24

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    Awesome man.. nice to know there's an EDCforum fan near by. :)
     
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  11. watdafact

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    Fairly new to this forum but have always been lurking since last year. Hard to find EDC gear here in our country eh?
     
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    True that. I've seen the 5.11 stores in the country. A Rush 12 is like 5k +, while right now there's a sale on Amazon, its only $63! waah!
    Let me know where we can buy cordura fabric and lets start making our own. lol
     
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  13. watdafact

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    Yeah stuff here are pretty expensive. Got my Maxped Jumbo Versipack for 5k and a 5.11 MOAB6 for 3.8k. Now I was thinking of just buying some cheap molle pouches in Quiapo or some other place. Let me know if you know a place where they sell cheap pouches.
     
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    I wanted a Maxped bag too... I talked to a guy from an Airsoft Forum on facebook, he said, just go to Quiapo with your pouch measurements and some pictures of it and your all set. I haven't done any scouting myself. Broke already haha
     
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    I haven't had any luck with a famous airsoft store in Quiapo. I had a nametape made for my bag that I ordered since October last year. The guy said he'd text me when it is ready. His alibi was they have no thread for the color that I chose. I said to myself " Man you're in Quiapo, the place is a huge market. " . Anyway, I think I'll stop by another shop for that when I come there next time.
     
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    He has no love for gear. lol.
    I really want to make my own. We just need to find fabric. We have 2 sewing machines lying around waiting to be used.
     
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    Lost the picture for some reason i don't know why. Uploading it again. :)


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    sorry if there is double post on the pictures.. photobucket has gone bananas. :D
     
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  20. Lorenzo

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    seconded, nice pack, though mine is almost completely pouched over ;)
     
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