Gear Review: Blue Ridge Overland Gear IFAK Bag and Overland Oil Bag

thecoalition Apr 24, 2015

  1. thecoalition

    thecoalition Call me Daddy

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    Just posted a quick review in my build thread, but here it is:

    Got a couple things ordered and few things in. Not going to list what is still waiting to go in due to weather and priorities but I got some really cool stuff from Blue Ridge Overland Gear. The reason I went with these guys is they are also from Virginia and hand cut and sew their products. They have some really neat items so I wanted to give them a try. I started out with the First Aid Kit Bag and realized after filling it, that I wanted to get some smaller pouches to go inside in order to really organize the kit. Wouldn't you know they have smaller ones for just that reason! So on my second order, I picked up a first aid kit label, the small velcro front zip clear pouch and the small velcro front zip pouch. The 2 pouches + IFAK are perfect for a fully stocked first aid kit. If you're not sure what I mean by fully stocked - REI has a fantastic checklist that you can alter to your needs. Check it out here.

    Along with that IFAK bag, my first order also included the Overland Oil Bag. This bad boy is pretty cool, and was designed for holding leaky fluid bottles, however, I only keep 1qt of oil in my truck at the moment so I figured why not use it for recovery gear? Right now I have 1qt of oil, 1 pair of gloves, 1 ARB Tire Deflator, 1 Smittybuilt Tow Strap, 1 Tire Repair Kit and something else that I know I am forgetting. It all fits into the bag nicely with plent of room. I could probably fit in 3 straps stacked side by side. The reason I went with this over the actual recovery gear bag was because of the fact that the interior is water/oil proof lined. The recovery bag has a grommet in the bottom to let water drain out, but this doesn't. If I ever need to replace something on the trail, I can toss the oily/leaky/dirty parts into this bag and keep it from messing the interior of my truck. Those that know me understand how important a clean truck is.

    The one question some people have asked is why not just go with a Hep Designs molle panel? Well 2 reasons actually. First, ability to relocate. Hep made his stuff to go in specific places in the Xterra. Windows/hatch/etc. I wanted something that I could put on the back seat and move elsewhere when needed. This molle panel does just that by mounting to any rear bench or split bench with 2 nylon buckle straps. The panel itself has some type of stiff material to keep it from bending under weight and tension too. The big pro here is that if I need to drop the seats and slide something into the back, I can just remove my pouches and go about it, I don't have to worry about bending a metal panel or scratching paint. The one issue I noticed is that because this panel was probably designed with a Jeep in mind (from my understand most of the BROG guys are Jeepers), the bottom row of velcro gets covered up by the truck flooring when the seat is upright. Not a huge deal, but I wouldn't mind being able to have both the top and bottom row accessible for velcro-goodness. The other thing I like about this is a 2 parter. First, it doesn't block any of my windows, and second it doesn't keep my gear up in eye view for potential thievery. We city boys need to worry about that sometimes. This panel lets me keep all my stuff low and out of sight, which makes me happy.

    I will probably end up getting a few more things from Blue Ridge Overland Gear as I get some more cash to spend. They have really cool gear and the prices are very fair imo. I know I definitely want the true recovery bag as I expand my recovery gear selection and I will probably get a few more various sized molle bags or specialty bags (their goal zero specific bags/pouches as an example) to fill out the molle panel as the need arrives. If you haven't seen or hear of these guys, please check them out. I'm picky, and very pleased with my gear from them, so I think you all will be too.
     
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  2. thecoalition

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  3. Shizane2002

    Shizane2002 First Fill-Up (of many)

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    Great information. Im looking at the site now. Thanks man.
     
  4. metzican

    metzican Suspension Lift

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    Great review, now time to scan over there site.
     
  5. Mr Bills

    Mr Bills Bought an X

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    I second the positive review for Blue Ridge Overland Gear. http://www.blueridgeoverlandgear.com/


    Last year I purchased two Blue Ridge Overland Gear recovery bags, two fluid bags, and had them make a custom bag for me to fit into my DepHep drop-in roof rack basket. They are great guys to work with and their work is top notch.


    The Blue Ridge Overland Gear small recovery bags are designed to hold a recovery strap, a pair of shackles, gloves and some small hand tools. A pair of these bags will fit into the Xterra roof bin/gear basket like they were made for it. I filled my second recovery bag with recovery items I use less often such as Hi-Lift sand base, Hi-Lift tube adapter, tree strap, Max-Axe implements, etc. (My Hi-Lift and Max-Axe are stored under the rear seat.) In a recovery situation I simply need to reach up, grab the bag(s) I need, and go.


    Blue Ridge Overland Gear "Oh Crap I'm Stuck Small Recovery Bag"
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    The fluid bags are equally well made. I have fluids in one (oil, ATF, power steering and brake fluids, spill kit, etc.) and use the other to store my 12v compressor, hose, tire repair kit and related parts/tools.


    Blue Ridge Overland Gear "Overland Oil Bag"
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    I needed a gear bag to fit into the back half of my DepHep drop-in roof rack basket, but wanted it to have adjustable height so I could match the height of my Rotopax fuel/water containers depending upon whether I was carrying 2 or 4. Matt at Blue Ridge Overland Gear designed and sewed a bag that can be cinched down to 3 1/2" tall (the height of one Rotopax container but expands up to 7" tall (the height of two stacked Rotopax containers). When expanded to full height it carries it carries an aluminum camp table, two bag chairs, tent, groundcloth, nylon canopy and camp shower/shower enclosure.


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    Check out their website. I don't think you will be disappointed.


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