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1/18/2013 1:08 PM
 

Ordered a Recon Kit Bag after Christmas and am really impressed with the customer service and the quality of the product.  Kudos on being American made.  Went on my first long run with the bag filled with a few items including cell phone, knife, Colt Defender .45 and extra magazine.  I think I have finally found the solution!!  I have tried many methods of concealed carry while running and this is the first that is really comfortable.  Thanks and I look forward to doing business with you in the future.

 
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4/10/2013 7:37 AM
 
I just got one of these Recon Kit Bags and I love this thing. I have used many different chest rigs over the years and this is the best by far. I have so many options I don't know what do with myself. My wife was upset with me last night because I tried to sleep with it on. The boys at work are pretty interested in it as well, I think there a few out there that are going to pull the trigger and get one for themselves.
 
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4/12/2013 4:22 PM
 
So after using this over the course of the week, I have made a few changes to better suit me: 1. I changed all the buckles out to fastex buckles and I can adjust and don/ditch much faster now. 2. I change the location of the Grimlocks to facilitate a "belt" better. 3. I used an old safety line (think bungee cord inside of 1" tubular nylon) as a belt. The Grimlocks are located on each side of the pack, next to the fastex buckles that run horizontal with the pack attaching the bottom of the straps to the mesh backing. From there the safety line is attached to each side and ran around my lower back. works very well. If anyone is interested, I will try and post some pics.
 
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4/12/2013 4:50 PM
 

justinspicher wrote
So after using this over the course of the week, I have made a few changes to better suit me:1. I changed all the buckles out to fastex buckles and I can adjust and don/ditch much faster now. 2. I change the location of the Grimlocks to facilitate a "belt" better. 3. I used an old safety line (think bungee cord inside of 1" tubular nylon) as a belt.The Grimlocks are located on each side of the pack, next to the fastex buckles that run horizontal with the pack attaching the bottom of the straps to the mesh backing. From there the safety line is attached to each side and ran around my lower back. works very well. If anyone is interested, I will try and post some pics.

Hey!  Sounds like some interesting mods.  Please post some pics when you get a chance.

Thanks!


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4/15/2013 12:19 AM
 

itscalicojack wrote

I, too, picked up a REKB for Search and Rescue.  I had originally gotten a Koala, but it was way too ginormous.  Here's my setup, subject to change as I use it of course:

The radio pouch is just a generic Pantac for the time being, but I'll probably change it to a HSGI Taco as long as my radio (Yeasu FT60) will fit in it.  The admin panel is from SOTech.  I have three of them, it's one of the best admin pouches I've used as it's designed to protect your sunglasses as well as hold your notepad, light, batteries, and other assorted goodies. Inside the small pocket of the REKB I have a fire kit, space blanket, Rite in the Rain notepad, and a signal panel.  My XD fits great inside the main pocket.  I've yet to take it out for training or a mission yet, but I'm looking forward to it.  Thanks to Evan for his quick email replies and advice.

 

 

This is cool, a walkie talky bag.

 
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4/25/2013 8:01 AM
 

So I made another couple of modifications to my RKB and I really like this thing now.  I added four fastex buckle systems to all four connection points and it really tightened it up.  I can run with out any other additional pieces to secure it to me.  Of course, I have only ran on the road so there isn't a ton of bouncing around.  I tried putting pictures on here, but I think I am literally retarded.  I suppose it would also help if I had the pictures on my computer and not just my phone.  I will try and get that fixed this weekend to show the changes I have made.

 
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7/23/2013 9:24 AM
 

I probably missed it somewhere along the way, but the REKB is a single pocket KB with PALS front, and the small slash pocket, correct? So it carries a pistol (or whatever) internally, and any thing else goes on the PALS? Just trying to make sure I have the right understanding.

Would also be interested in hearing what people think of these versus a thigh rig. Open carry is a non-issue for me, and a thigh rig has been filling a similar role for me while bowhunting. I want to carry a side arm (G23), Garmin Rino 520HCX, Leica CRF, wind checker and some calls. Everything but the pistol needs to be easily accessable and will be in and out of the pouches frequently.  I'll be wearing it under/independantly of a MR NICE setup. Given the appropriate pouches (recommendations?), is the REKB the right choice?

 
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7/23/2013 9:49 AM
 

You are correct the both the Runners and the Recon have the rear holster/pistol pocket, and the front slash pocket, and the Recon has Pals on the front. The pistol rides in the holster/pocket and then you have the front slash pocket for other stuff and of course the pals to add pockets/pouches to. 

I ran a thigh rig for awhile and found it less than ideal when actually moving round. I am not a fan of thigh carry at all and understand why there has been a huge movement in LEO/Mil circles away from a thigh rig. They have their place I am sure, and LEO/Mil guys can probably define that better than I can, but I don't think they have a use for woods uses myself. I am assuming here you are talking true thigh carry and not something like a UBL drop holster.  Even if you are not I think the kit bags are a better mouse trap. Put it this way at one point I had three or four thigh holsters, at this point I don't have a single one, but do have kit bags.

It sounds like the REKB with the right front pouches would be a great setup for you.  The Original Kit Bag would also be a good choice if you wanted everything a bit more protected.


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7/23/2013 9:56 AM
 

Thanks for the reply!

I have really learned not to like my thigh rig (though it is much better than carrying things on the waist belt of the pack IMO). When I am doing day hunts and am in and out of the truck the thing is terrible. I did however run a chest pack one summer doing some mosquito control on 4-wheelers and on foots and really learned to like it. These HPG 'chest packs' are the first thing that really seems to do both well.

I better do some saving and research the pouches I need. I think the REKB is what I need to pursue.

Thanks again and God bless all you guys,

 

Adam

 
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7/23/2013 12:12 PM
 

Scot is bang on.  Thigh rigs are for mall ninjas.  I could go into it, but its pointless.  One either listens or one learns the hard way.  Go with a kit bag for your needs or a good belt holster (which you could set up with a slight drop if you wanted to).  You will be well served and you won't be sorry and you won't look like a mall ninja.

 
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7/23/2013 2:45 PM
 

 I'll x2 El Mac's statement....thigh rigs are JV.  I have the REKB in MC, and have found that it even works nicely over a slick plate carrier, and adding a triple mag pouch or dedicated radio pouch, all on one compact package.  The pistol rides in back-up position well.  Even doing transition work from long gun to pistol with it in the KB works decently, once you've practiced a few times.  


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8/12/2013 8:12 PM
 

Pic of my REKB load out:

 

Leica CRF 1200 om my right, Garmin Rino 520HCX center, and a spare mag on my left.

 

I shot my bow and wore it under a MR NICE frame without issue. I'm very pleased with the set up!

 
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8/15/2013 7:39 AM
 
Any word on when the Coyote Recon Kit Bag will be back in stock?
 
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8/21/2013 10:06 AM
 

 I'm curious about this too.  I'm ready to pull the trigger and order one in coyote as soon as it's available.

 
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8/22/2013 9:40 AM
 

We should have those back in stock the middle or end of next week.


Co-Owner Hill People Gear "If anything goes wrong it will be a fight to the end, if your training is good enough, survival is there; if not nature claims its foreit." - Dougal Haston
 
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8/22/2013 11:17 AM
 
Awesome! Can we pre-order or back order those now? I've been ready to pull the trigger on this for a couple weeks now.
 
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8/22/2013 11:19 AM
 

We will open up backorder when we have a tracking number from FS. If you haven't already send a notification request to info@hillpeoplegear.com.


Co-Owner Hill People Gear "If anything goes wrong it will be a fight to the end, if your training is good enough, survival is there; if not nature claims its foreit." - Dougal Haston
 
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8/22/2013 11:30 AM
 
Done! Thanks much!
 
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8/23/2013 3:29 AM
 

Can you guestimate when the Foliage Recon will be back in stock?

 
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8/23/2013 12:31 PM
 

Rob Babcock wrote

Can you guestimate when the Foliage Recon will be back in stock?

Sorry Rob, it's not on the "coming out of production next week" list. That's a pretty long list, but I don't see foliage recons on it. Shouldn't be very far behind that though.


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