I'll review the Ronin Gear pack first, followed by Flurry's.
I purchased this pack rather early in my paintball career, tired of renting pack from field. I was looking for a pack that was comfortable, durable and affordable. After some research, I settled upon Ronin Gear's 4+1 pack which I bought at Action Village for $20. (The price has since dropped to $15.)
The pack is made from heavy-duty nylon that's stitched quite well. The pack can hold four 140 round pods in a horizontal position, two pouches on either side, and one 20oz CO2 or a 45ci HPA tank in an adjustable bottle pouch. I realize the the product discriptions say 88ci, but I'll get to that discrepency later. As you can see from the 4th picture, there is a rubber panel stitched to the back of the harness to help prevent the pack from slipping. The pack has four d-rings (two in front, two towards the back) to allow the user to attatch suspenders to help hold up the harness when loaded with paint and air. (Note: Standard U.S. Military webbing suspenders work well too and can be had for quite cheap at your local surplus store.) Note: My pack did not arrive with the Ronin Gear logo that the products in the photos sport.
The Ronin Gear 4+1 harness is indeed a very sturdy, durable pack. Pods are quite secure in this rig thanks to velcro that's strong, but still allows you to access your pods with a quick, steady pull. Ronin's excellent construction looks good, not to mention the fact you look and feel ready for anything, knowing you have 560 rounds on tap should you need it.
This pack CANNOT hold a 68ci tank, much less an 88ci. My 68ci tank was just a bit larger than the pack's bottle pouch. But a 20oz will fit fine and I'm sure a 45ci tank would fit well too. Perhaps Ronin Gear has fixed this discrepancy since 2006, when I first bought the pack, if anyone can confirm or deny that please post below.
While the horizontal pod pouches allow quick access to your pods, they also add about 2 inches to either side. While that might not seem alot, I would often get snagged on doorways and brush and when in the staging area I would often bump into people.
Since the pouch couldn't hold my tank and the extra width was annoying at best, I decided to look for another pod pack that fit better with my "high-speed, low-drag" style of play.
Enter Flury Industries' Specialist Harness...
I decided I wanted a vertical pack with no tank pouch. Unfortunately, all the packs I looked at were upwards of $35! But one day, I went to Web Dog Radio to see Tyger's new FPS vid and I decided to click the link to Flurry Industries on the sidebar. And then I saw it! The 4+3 Specialist Harness--looks good in every way and only $31!
Once again, this pack is made from very tough materials, and top-notch construction. All the components are stitched together with precision and care. In the front, the pack is emblazoned with Flurry's subdued skull/snowflake logo. The velcro that secures the belt to your person is rediculously strong, which is good as it helps preserve the longevity of the pack. Like any other pack there are elastic tensioners around the wide belt to ensure a snug fit. In the back, the flaps holding your pods in have a "rip-cord" sewn on to help you get at your pods in short order. Rigid plastic is sewn within the four pod holders to keep the pouch open, allowing for easy re-insertion of your pods. To use the three elastic loops you will have to cut the stitching in the middle of the loop. When not in use the loops have velcro tabs to fold them out of the way.
This is a phenomenal pod pack! It has all the features of an expensive high-end pack from Dye, but for $31. It's durable, looks good, and keeps your profile as slim as possible. The pack doesn't move once you put it on, it stays snug and as tight as you want. You can grab your pods nice and quick, and shove the empty ones back in just as quick. If you are in the market for a new pack, definately take a look at Flurry's terrific stuff.
You will sweat a bit under this pack, as you will with any "speedball" style pack. But it really isn't noticable until you take it off and the breeze blows past your mid section.
Flurry Industries and Ronin Gear are one of the older, more obscure companies in paintball. Nonetheless, they both make amazing, well-made gear. The 4+1 pack and the Specialist Harness are no exceptions. True, I had some gripes with the Ronin pack, but you simply cannot ignore the $15 price tag for such a great piece of equipment.
As always, thank you for reading. If you have any questions, comments, disputes or flames, please post!
This post has been edited by MaDuce: 15 July 2008 - 09:17 PM