Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bag outdoor Gregory Crux from kedai bundle; outdoor gear

This is the used Gregory Crux daypack that I recently purchased from a kedai bundle in Gombak town, not very far from K.L. I think this pack looks great and it’s very rare and old (based on what I know that is). I thought the days of branded packs from bundle shops are over man. With so many more people into packs, pouches etc, I consider this as a superb find. I’d never expect to find such a bag at any bundle shops these days. The overall condition isn’t great. The internal layer of waterproofing is mostly gone. Color has faded much. The stitching are still good but some edges of the material (probably cordura) type are starting to fur up.

My guess is that this Gregory Crux daypack is somewhat 20 litres or so. Perhaps 1 tenth of the Osprey Ariel I sold a couple of month back. It really is a simple design. A typical stiff sheath keeps the pack in shape with no fancy padding. The shoulder straps are just the straight type, not even a chest buckle. Can’t say much with the waist strap as well. Just a piece of webbing. From the pack’s design, I would say that this Gregory Crus is made to hit the commuters rather than the technical outdoorsman. I tried google this pack and the model but didn’t find much except for a Japanese website with several Gregory packs for auction. There are several hits on the keyword Crux backpack but it came from brands like Mountainsmith and even Boreal!

The Gregory engraving on the front buckle

Below are some pictures of parts of the pack. This pack even comes with a special slot for mineral water bottles (at least that is what I think they are for). The cool think about this pack that I like is perhaps the kangaroo like pouch that’s between the small front pouch and the main compartment. It allows objects of different objects to be stashed away. Even a bike helmet. I think that’s useful.

The water bottle 'slot' on the Gregory Crux daypack

The 'kangaroo' slot is useful and practical

Now …as for the origins of this pack. I strongly believe that this particular rare and obsolete Gregory pack is designed and produced specifically for the Japan market. The Japanese are mad about Gregory products and being a smart brand, Gregory of course would cash in on it. Below is the only internal label that I can find.

This pack is old. Probably not made for the ‘real’ outdoors. But I think I will put it into good use, starting with replacing my old Eagle Creek sling pack with this Crux for work! My Eagle Creek (by the way, also bought from a used clothing store) can really use a break after so many years of service.

Ini bag Gregory Crux I dapat dari satu kedai dekat Gombak. Itu pun tak sengaja. Tengah dalam perjalanan ke Batu Caves, Nampak tepi jalan satu kedai bundle. Singgah kejap…tak sangka boleh jumpa bag outdoor bundle. Gregory, jenama Amerika Syarikat yang memang mahal gile. Orang US gila habis jenama ni. Kat Malaysia, tak banyak rasanya orang yang pakai barang outdoor Gregory. Mahal.

Bag bundle ini tak besar saiznya. Lebih kurang 20 liter. Kemuningkinan besar bag ini dibuat lebih pada gaya, bukan untuk mendaki atau outdoor yang ekstreem sangat. Tapi design I rasa cantik. Cukup cantik untuk I ambik bawa gi kerja. Dah sampai masa untuk bagi bag silang Eagle Creek yang dahg bertahun lama untuk berehat seketika.

Bag outdoor bundle ni taklah elok sangat. Tapi sekarang memang susah nak cari bag bundle. Jarang nak jumpa. Ada pun ekor-ekor. Entah apalaa nasib saya hari itu, boleh juga jumpa bag Gregory. Mana nak cari?!!

Minat bag outdoor bundle? Jenguk-jenguklah koleksi bag outdoor bundle yang saya ada.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Baju bundle The North Face, ROCKSOLID; Used outdoor gear

I was digging through a pile of old baju bundle and found this The North Face (TNF) half pants. This TNF of course I got from one of them kedai baju bundle. Can’t remember where exactly but could be in a pasar malam back in Penang. This was years ago. That time, TNF is barely heard off and many people pass it as just any other crappy brand. Anyway, having subscribed to the Outdoor magazine back then, I had a bit of heads up on what brands to look out for.

I have been a big fan of outdoor gear for many years. A fetish some say but heck with it. Outdoor gear are normally made with purpose, with materials and designs that sometimes would blow your mind away.

Coming back to this TNF seluar pendek (seluar-pants, pendek-short), I assume that it is made more for fashion rather with technical use in mind. It’s always so for designs and models for the Japanese market. The internal tag gave it away. It’s a piece that is designated to target the Japanese and this comes as no surprise as many used bundle clothing comes from Japan as well.

I cannot fit into this pair anymore. Yup, has put on quite a bit since then and Size M doesn’t really cut it. But I like the ‘branding’ so to say on this item. Check out the picture below. The keychain loop is an added plus as well. Then again perhaps a real adventurer wouldn’t want ‘chains’ hanging around as well. Unless the loop is used to attached something they need and can’t afford to lose, like the Leatherman tool.

The loop for keys or the essential tools?

The 'extra' patch at the crotch area

This Rocksolid North Face shorts is probably designed for climbers as well. Besides the model name (Rocksolid) and rather tough cotton construction, the ‘extended’ crotch area also allows for flexibility. Something that has been the hallmark of most adventurer pants, to allow comfort and ease of movement. Oh…trust me…this ‘extension’ makes a whole lot of difference. Especially when squatting and kneeling. No need to worry that something will go ‘crack’. For climbers I believe this would really allow them to ‘hook’ (or whatever term they call it) their feet up high without having to pull up the pants for more slack.

Well, I will be starting a new category now, called the Outdoor Gear. Since most of my outdoor gear are either bought second hand or hand downs, I thought it is good to put them up on my blog too 

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A rare military-like pant (82857382) from used bundle clothing

This is one military-like pant I recently purchased from a used bundle clothing seller. I honestly don’t fancy military stuff, especially those in camouflage design and color but again at times, can’t help but get very fascinated with the design and material used to make them.

I am not sure if this is really a pair of military pant. Or it could be just a replica. Anyway, I actually walked pass it once, had a quick look but decided not to buy because it looks very military. But, the second time around I was there, this little voice in me was telling me to have a second look. The next thing I knew, it’s already in my pack on the way home.

I find this pair of pant interesting. I can’t tell for sure where it is made or for which army (if it is an army pant to begin with). The reason for the number title above (82857382) is because it’s the only indication/ markings I can find on the pants. Nothing else. The general army type of used clothing you’d find in bundle normally has a green tag indicating things like ‘NATO number XXX’, size range etc. This one is different.

Some peculiar observations…this pant have the usual two (slit) pockets but it also has this small pocket patch pocket on the right side at the front. It cannot be a watch pocket because of its size (big) and it’s weird also to be on a pair of army trousers. Wouldn’t the wearer loose items easily with a pocket like this? Especially when there is no flap covering it.

The same goes with the back pocket. It’s a really unsecured kind of pocket to be on a military pant if you ask me.

More interesting stuff…like all cargo and most military pants, side pockets are a must. This pair has side pockets with buttoned flap on both sides.
However, while most military designs that I have seen, they are rather wide and the designs normally allows the pocket to extend (folds at the side expand) when stuffed with things. This pant has like a patch pocket with a flap but it is deep and narrow. It seems to be built to contain certain items that are long but rather thin. My Garmin GPS76CSx would slide in perfectly but stuffing wide brim hat in would be a challenge really. It will still fit but will be uncomfortable I reckon.

Let’s hypothetically say that it’s a replica or a designer pant. How about the padded knee pads? Not only are knee pads double layered but they actually have a certain added material inside for that extra protection/ cushion. You can see the wave pattern of the inside material of the knee pad clearly in the picture below.

The pant’s knee pad

Picture of the knee part with the pant turn inside out

Note also that the knee pad is sewn up and there is no way I can remove out whatever is in the knee pad without undoing the stitching.

This pair of pant comes with button fly. The same buttons are also used as suspender’s attachments point.

Button flies

The suspenders buttons

If this pair is a replica and it comes with suspenders, probably this pair is from Japan I think. Suspenders are popular in Japan fashion. Especially among the skin and the mods.

There are a number of oddities to this pair of paint. On top of all the above, noticeably are also the double layered bum. Bviously for additional toughness. The material of this pant in itself I would say is already heavy. Doubling it at the bum area is rather overkill but perhaps the makers expect the users to do a lot of bum rubbing. I wonder…

Already the material is really tough, they also made double layered bum

It is also worth mentioning perhaps is the ends of each leg of the pant. It has this female button slot. When I fold the ends of the pants, I find a button that can be used to keep the folding in place (so that it does not unfold itself all the way). See pics below.

There are plenty of repairs done to this pant. Patches and zigzag sewing was used to patch probably holes and tears. But the workmanship is quite good. The thread used is almost of similar color to the pant itself. Whoever did all these repairs obviously invested time and resources getting it done.

This 82857382 military-like pant is unique. I like it and I would probably keep it as part of my collection. I may or may not wear it but until I find out really where it came from, I think it will just sit among the pile of ‘rare’ collection that I have. I just hope the repairs done on it are not due to bullet holes (someone died in it?) but more of its sentimental value and uniqueness. If it turns out to be a replica, then I would gladly shift it into my ‘bust ‘em’ pile of clothes.

So…anyone out there can help me identify where or which army this pair of pants belongs to?

Fuh…menarik habis seluar ni. Tapi I betul-betul tak tau samaada seluar askar atau tidak. Kalau-pun seluar askar, entah dari mana. Banyak cirri-ciri pelik seluar ni. Kalau seluar askar, taka nada poket depan dan belakang yang tak boleh ditutup? Jatuh la barang. Tapi kalau cakap seluar fesyen pun pelik gak. Buntuk dua lapis, tebal gile. Lutut pula dua lapis, ada pulak disumbat dengan entah apa dalam tu. Seluar pakai cerut, tapi ada pulak butang untuk pakai ‘suspender’. Macam pulak gaya skin. Ai…pelik. Cuma ada label nombor je.
Okay…kalu kawan-kawan tau apa seluar ni, bagi tau. I teringin nak tau.

Baju bundle…citarasa ramai rakyat Malaysia.

Hmmm…dah sampai masanya saya blog baju bundle pulak dalam B.M. Asyik mat salleh pun takleh gak. Okay…baru-baru ni, I jumpa member sorang kat Chow Kit. Tengah selak baju bundle gak. Entah camana, kami start sembang. Terpegun gak si Mamat ni bila tahu yang I orang Cina. ‘Eh…orang Cina pun gila bundle ke’. Eleeeeh…Cina tak Cina, baju bundle I dah pakai sejak I pergi skolah lagi beb.

Lagipun, member semua Melayu, mesti terpengaruh kan? Sempoi pa. Baju bundle bukan saja murah, kualiti pun secara amnya lagi bagus dari beli yang baru. Tengok baju murah-murah skarang yang dibuat di China. Dah la kualiti teruk, design pulak hodoh. Murah tu murah laa…tapi dalam RM10, RM5, baik beli bundle. Design sempoi, brand pun sempoi.

Kenapa minat bundle? Macam-macam sebab. Murah satu hal, brand takyah cite la…tapi mungkin ‘keghairahan’ mencari sesuatu yang cun dalam longgokan baju bundle atau dalam barisan pakaian tergantung membuatkan aku tak tahan. Macam pergi tresure hunt setiap kali. Ada saja yang best nak beli. Beli aje laaa…brapa ringgit baru. Beli baru dahlah mahal, dapat sehelai. Tak berbaloi.

Hmm…mungkin juga I gila bundle sebab bau baju yang baru diggantung. Bau memang tak lari. Pejam mata pun boleh cam. Bau memang lain dari lain. Pernah cium tak bundle baru pecah? Oh…best habis. I dulu pernah berniaga bundle, tiap kali nak pecah bundle macam nak kena nombor ekor. Bila dah bukak, cium dulu…terguling-guling bijik mata membaunya. Bau baju bundle…fuiyooo!