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Mix & Match or Must be the Same?

Discussion in 'Packs, Bags & Pouches' started by tennecedar, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. tennecedar

    tennecedar Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

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    Do you ever mix and match pouches on your main pack? Not just brands but colors? Like putting Maxped OD pouches on a FDE THE pack? Kifaru green on my sand colored Eberlestock? Or do most of you make sure to keep all your kit the same maker and color?

    I have dozens of pouches and 4 packs and none are the same maker or really the same color either. I'm just about to the point where I'm going to use what works functionally and not fret the calico look it will have.

    What do you do?
     
  2. CoolBreeze135

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    I don't carry a pack with MOLLE type webbing, so all my pouches go inside my pack.

    That being said, I mix and match. I have mostly FDE and OD stuff. I just get what I like and don't care if it matches.
     
  3. manitoulinbound

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    At one point, I only wanted pouches that matched my packs. Then at another point, I found there is generally good deals to be had on various pouches and it the fact that they didn't match anything seemed to lose it's appeal. Ideally everything would match but if they don't, I'm not gonna lose any sleep over it.
     
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    Maxped, camelback, eberlestock, Kifaru makes no difference. If I find a pouch that fits my needs, it does not matter if they match
     
  5. Gunut

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    I mix I match, who really cares? I am a function over form type of guy. I'm not going to a bushcraft fashion show.
     
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    Most bushcrafters are not the fashion concious types at least not the ones I know personally. I use what fits. It all gets dirty eventually which tends to sort of blend things together.
     
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    Calico is cool :) Go with whatever works functionally! :)
     
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    Keyser Söze Usual Suspecto Supporter Lifetime Supporter

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    i make/ sew my own custom pouches ,that way I always win the bushcraft fashion show , I make a bunch of bushcraft dudes Jealous with my nice pouches ,then i pull out my custom knives and is Done and done ! , I always get some type of prize ...usually free bacon,sausage...and Cake !!!

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  9. ewtoutdoors

    ewtoutdoors BCUSA Friend Bushcraft Friend

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    I would say what ever is functional is good no matter if it matches or not.
     
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    I prefer the color stay the same I guess. Don't care about brand.
     
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    So many bushcraft guys think they are real "men" and they think they are really rough-cuts. but when it comes to clothing and shoes, they can't buy anything that is not from "their" brand or type. I see so many guys that keep looking for their ideal kit only to not use it in the woods because they spend all their time on the internet, looking at other people's new jackets. I mean, get real, when you need something you do some research and you make a choice, but some people are SO MUCH about gear, they just don't have the right to moan about women who spend hours in the malls to go shopping. So many guys buy 600$ Sasta jackets and high-end Fjällraven clothing just to go play outside every now and then. And when I show someone a knife I made, the don't believe me just because I'm 15 and I don't have the money/mindset to spend thousands of dollars on a cool outfit. And still I think I have made more outdoor journey's than the average Fjällraven wearing snob.... So same goes for these pouches, just buy them and use them, it's just a tiny little attachment to make your backpack a little more versatile.
     
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    I mix and match on purpose. Since a lot of my gear is mil-surplus either leftover from my career or good deals scavenged. I am far from a tacticool nut so I feel like the mixed patterns and colors make it look less like that. I have a hard time paying good money for a lesser civilian product when I have a free one at home. Although I have recently swapped out my day pack from my old ACU one to a cool bright blue Northface I found at a yard sale for $1! I also try to sew on patches where I can to lessen the .mil look, although my son says it makes me look more like a homeless hippie.
     
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    Oh look matching purses. I kid, I kid.....;)
     
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    werewolf won TANSTAAFL Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    The only time I get remotely concerned about color is when I turkey hunt. Then I avoid red, blue and black colored items and that is just so I don’t get mistaken for a bird and shot. Aside from that what ever works best.
     
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    If you're in the woods, do the squirrels and birds that see you care if the color of your gear matches? :33:
     
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    they all the same, because we purse toting guys Play Russian roulette with matching pouches.....some have gear in them some have cookies...and only one has a pair of Pissed off Cotton Mouth's in it ... so you go "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" ...have to pull the zipper on this pouch....Ahaa ahaa not so tough as we thought we are now ?
     
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    I mix and match based on the best deal, and on purpose. I have mixed pouches on the outside of my pack, because I don't care about matching and they were the right product at the right price. Inside my pack I have several different colored pouches because I know my red pouch has fire stuff and my blue stuff has toiletries, etc. Makes it easier in low light situations or I can ask someone to grab this color pouch out of my pack.
     
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    Brand doesn't matter to me but I generally want the same color.
     
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    GunGoBoom I'm not lost, I've just misplaced myself. Supporter Bushclass I

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    To me it's like buying a car. Ultimately it just has to get me from A to B reliably. However, if I can afford a new Ferrari I'm probably not going to buy a used Pinto.

    I believe it was Nessmuk who talked about half of the fun of the outdoors is in going over your gear and preparing for the next trip. I tend to agree with that statement....of course, I'm a bit of a gear whore :)
     
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    I mix and match my pouch brands for sure. Canvas and nylon together. I lean heavily towards mostly green, brown, or gray with an occasional Multicam or Kryptek Highlander item.
     
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    loaded question. first, I don't have a lot of crap hanging off my pack. I choose the size pack that will carry everything inside or in the built-in pouches. adding complete free-standing pouches with clips or molle is very heavy

    second, If I have pistol or rifle magazine pouches, I like them to be the same size and design due to uniformity of function. if I do attach another kind of pouch, like binos or an admin, it doesn't have to match perfectly but I prefer that it looks like I at least thought about it. I can mix colors and sometimes prefer it, but I don't see any particular honor or credibility that comes from looking like you outfitted from a dumpster...
     
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    I bought an Eberlestock pack that is very light colored. Sort of beach sand color. All the pouches I already own are OD green or Flat dark earth or Tan. With the random Tan description that is different for each company. When I ordered new pouches for the sides of my pack I chose the darker shade because I liked the way it looked. Before I ordered I was wondering if others did the same thing or did most of us try to keep the exact same color from the exact same maker so it blended smoothly. As if bought as a set.

    After getting my new pack together I like the 2 tone look.

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    I always match them to my lingerie.
     
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    Any color but ACU!
     
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    I mix and match for several reasons, not the least of which is cost. I can't tell you the number of pieces on my web gear rig (that currently don't fit me) that are from different manufacturers, or even different military eras.. Long as it works, and is comfortable I'm good to go.

    God Bless, and One Love.

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    There's a book called The Complete Walker (really thick book) by Colin Fletcher. In it, he talks about a pack he designed with different colored pockets on it . They made finding the equipment he needed very easy. The book was published in the late sixties, I think. Different colored pouches could make life easier.
     
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    I wish I could be more uncaring about matching! My brain has a hard time with it. lol
     
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    Deliberately mismatching allows you to color code so that you can remember where things are easily.
     
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    Ok now you have me trying to match gear, this is what I have so far, but it isn't quite perfect.... ;)

    matching gear.jpg

    God Bless, and One Love...

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    Mix, if it looks harmonious and not unmask.
     
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    I'm at the point that if it matches, great, if not, meh.
     
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    Solid colors, I mix and match. Coyote tan, desert tan, flat dark earth.

    That said, I enjoy my Crye multicam. Since I can't match solid colors from different manufacturers, if I stick with official Crye multicam, it works.

    Got out ahead of a group, settled in, they walked within a yard and did not see me.

    Not at all about fashion. About effectiveness.
     
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    What Hat, Belt and Socks are you going to wear with that ?
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    Nothing of mine matches. I tend to use whatever I find laying around as my gear grows and changes.
     
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    It doesn't really matter to me . But then again most of my packs are Mil-Surplus so that keeps my choices limited . But I actually like the Woodland , OD and plain old Coyote anyhow .
     
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    I must have a mild form of OCD... It would drive me crazy having a pack with mis-matched colors lol
     
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    I don't match gear, but I always buy dark colored sweats and work pants.

    I once saw a man wearing light-grey sweats at a gym. Everything you didn't want to see was outlined in dark sweat stains :26:
     
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    except in the dark... :25:

    yeah, the sixties was a weird time. only then, would someone festooning their pack like a circus wagon be taken seriously...
     
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    Mix and match. Whatever works and whatever is more budget friendly. I have cheap Condor pouches on my kifaru zippy! The critters in the woods don't judge! lol
     
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    I use whatever works the best for my situation. However, I do stick to earth tones and black for the most part. Exceptions are FAK (red-easier to find) and I have a FR signal panel bag that is orange on one side just in case I need to increase my visibility.
     
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