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9/27/13

Friday Open Post: Gear Disappointment

So, I've been in a holding pattern with gear purchases for the past few months. A variety of reasons behind it, but essentially I haven't bought a whole lot beyond the Camelbak Hawg I reviewed a couple months back (great bag!).

If you've been wondering why we've been lighter on reviews 'round here, well, that's why.

This past month, I gave in and spent some cash. Ordered a few things that I'd been eye-balling...a little bit of impulse, a little bit of "I'm sick of window shopping and just need to pull the trigger."

Of those purchases, I've been let down by the several. I need to put them to honest use and trial before dropping any names, but initial assessment is not so rosy.

I hate when that happens -- often, returns are outta the question, so it's selling it off, finding some other use for it or chalking it up to a loss and educational experience.

I'm sure my string of bad luck is not unique. You've probably had some lousy, incredibly disappointing purchases of your own. I want to hear about 'em! What has been the gear purchase that disappointed you the most? The item that you lusted after but were let down within a minute or two after purchase? Let us know in the comments.

18 comments :

  1. Gerber LMF II ASEK Knife... the handle overmolding peeled just from sheathing and unsheathing the knife. That said, both Amazon and Gerber were happy to work out a return, but I hold a very low opinion of this knife design. The good news is I've moved on to ESEE knives and have not looked back.

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  2. The Marlin 336Y I picked up a couple of weeks ago. Awful, awful craftsmanship. I returned it to the store last weekend and now we're in an argument: they say I can't return it for a refund and that I HAVE to send it back to the Marlin/Remington for repairs. Falling lever, stripped screws, scratched receiver, dinged-up wood stock...

    Remington has destroyed the Marlin name.

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    1. Yours is not the first horror story about the new "remlin" rifles. Very sad - they used to be good guns.

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  3. i can't name any gear for you but i'm asking for you to reconsider "dropping" names. if you're already disappointed then do me the favor of letting me know before i follow suit and make the same mistake.

    money is tight and i can't afford to make a bad purchase.

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    1. I agree. I hate wasting money. reviews on amazon and other sites aren't worth spit.

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    2. Names will be dropped, but I have to give the gear more use and trial before I do.

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  4. I recently had a gear disappointment but in a good way. I've been in the market for a new EDC/GHB. I've been eying the Maxpedition Sikta. Our local Walmart has started carrying a knock off version made by FieldLine. I know its not the same, quality/material differences but I bought it with the intention of seeing if I liked the setup before moving onto the Maxpedition. Loaded up some gear in it and rucked out with the dog. After the first couple of miles I found myself readjusting as it would begin to slide around. Also found overhead reach was impaired by the large shoulder strap making climbing/ladder use somewhat difficult. Kept it around a few more days of testing and ended up taking it back.

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    1. I picked up a Sitka from RSR about 3 months ago as my new daily carry bag. I was previously using an Eagle E&E bag.

      http://www.eagleindustries.com/products/detail.aspx?id=19

      I love the Eagle bag, but its not really a bag that you could really hike, climb over and under obstacles with. I have too many other daypacks to count and since I'm a gear whore I decided to get the Maxpedition. Thankfully I get them at dealer cost so I figured it was worth a try.

      The Sitka design is really nice and has ample room for all of my EDC gear. Everything with my G19 and extra mags weighs in at 15lbs. One of the features that I especially like is the handgun compartment (which is velcro-lined). This zippered area works perfectly with my G-Code RTI wheel and mag carriers. The way you can swing the bag around from your back to being right in front of you with quick access to the pistol compartment is awesome. Everything about the bag's materials and construction are first rate, as you would expect from Maxpedition. However, it is not the perfect bag. The main reason is that after taking any extended amount of hiking it does get uncomfortable to some extent. The pack does have an extra strap to keep the main strap from slipping around too much, but it's the way the pack sits on my shoulder. This might be partly due to the amount of weight that I'm carrying. In the event where I might find myself not with my car and having to hump this pack home I think I could make it work. The trick might be for me to trim some of the pack weight down a bit. Overall though I really like the pack. Hope this helps you a little.

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  5. Having this problem now would love some reviews of dedicated shotgun pouches if you could.

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  6. I bought a SOG Multitool a couple of years back to work in Iraq, because it had cutters instead of pliers which would have made it perfect for my needs, if the thing had not broken in half when I tried to cuy a 1/4" plastic tie-wrap with it. I complained to SOG several times and they never responded. So I now steer everyone I know away from the Made-in-China crap that SOG puts out and their non-existant customer support. I just checked their website to get the model number but it seems they no longer sell it.

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  7. You want to avoid some crap? I have bough lots of stuff over the years that never lived up to their name. TAD Gear hoodie and shell which fell apart starting with the zippers (which are YYK), Tora Bora Alpine Boots from Bates (which the lacing system broke broke by using them in their primary theatre - snow, first time out), my 9AN Surefire Flashlight (which is basically a paper weight at the moment because it is impossible to get a working battery to Canada without massive hassle) and Outdoor Research Metor Mitts (the coating on the outside literally flaked off).

    What am I on the fence about? My Gerber folding shovel. Their return policy rocks, but the shovel has an inherent defect, where deploying it too fast will chip the glass/nylon handle.

    What am I happy about? Kifaru because it is bomb proof and Propper Ripstop which I have yet to have fall apart in the 10 years I have owned their pants. My first pair only has a pin hole that I punctured back when I first started using them.

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  8. I see so much stuff as a staff writer for several (gun/tactical) magazines that on first use would be thrown out but after a bit realized they had a possible different purpose. Or worse buying two of the same item yields two different product results. Still every opinion counts and I like the reviews on here and the reader comments. Looking forward to the names and items.
    Funny you mentioned a break in item reviews, Most everyone I know in the industry has also slowed way back, myself included. Are we running out of new items? (Reached the end of the internet? haha)

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    1. I have to agree. Three years ago, I made a list of everything that I wanted to get for prepping. I researched, read reviews, did my due diligence, and bought things. (I also acquired books, skills and bartering items during that time too.) Six months ago, I completed that list. I have been searching for "new" gear since then---I even have an Amazon gift card from Christmas ready to spend---but I can't anything to buy. Either I already have it, or I have something else that does the job already. I can't find any new gear to research and review.

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  9. I gambled 10 bucks on a no-name 7 round 1911 magazine at a gun show. I thought to myself, "Well, its a single stack 7 round mag, pretty hard to screw that up". I was proven wrong as the magazine was sticky to insert and eject (though it did feed fine) and after about the third try, the welded floor plate popped off and dumped the spring, follower, and rounds on the ground. Doh! I will be sticking to higher quality mags from now on.

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    1. Never pays to cheap out on mags. Brand name only for me.

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    2. Had the exact same thing happen to me about 10 years ago...how embarrassing!!! I went to Chip McCormick Shooting Stars and Wilsons...never looked back.

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  10. After reading several good reviews of the $5 Harbor Freight machete, I have a pair a try. Pretty much crap, handles / scales came off within 10 minutes of use. The steel is okay, but a good old Tramontina machete for a few more dollars is far more sturdy. We go through machetes down here like crazy - pity on HF machete, I wanted it to work but nope!

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  11. Mostly EDC backpacks on my end.

    Osprey Momentum 24. Fit and finish were fine, I was disappointed with the lay out. Zippers went behind pockets so they were a pain to zip back up, the secondary compartment was high on the flap of the main compartment, so it would flop down if you try to unzip the main compartment. Otherwise would have been a good bag.

    Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack was next. The fit and finish were great, and it received high praises from everywhere I looked, I guess it didn't quite fit my needs. Thought I could go minimalist as it is much smaller, but I quickly found that it was just a tad too small to carry my extra shirt and hand towel, and I had to resort to bringing another gym bag along with the Versipack.

    Currently using a 5.11 Rush 12. A bit bigger than the the Osprey, or at least because of the stiffness of the 1050D it stays more square and needs the compression straps to keep a lower profile. So far, so good, but it wasn't the "omg, this is the best backpack ever!" endorsement I was hoping to have.

    I have been eyeing the Tac Tailor Flight Light removable operator backpack, I would like to feel how the lighter Denier is vs the 1050D of the Rush 12.

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