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Review: Tuff Possum Gear Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch

I have really come to like my Hill People Gear Tarahumara. It is an excellent small pack for summer hikes, quick trips into the woods, and more. However, sometimes I wish it had a bit more capacity. It has an excellent harness system that can support far more weight than you could ever stuff into it. In an effort to extend the Tara’s usefulness and capacity, I purchased a Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch from Tuff Possum Gear.

Overview

The Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch is aptly named. This pouch is 10×12″ in dimension and has a single central zip that gives accessing to a single pocket (much like the Tarahumara itself). It has two 1″ webbing anchor points on the top corners that allow it to be docked on the Tarahumara with the included ITW GrimLocs and is constructed from 500D Cordura Nylon.

I don’t have exact volume figures but given the dimensions, I would say that it adds around 200-250 cubic inches of capacity to the Tara (maybe more if you really stuff it). Those numbers are based on my measurements of the exterior dimensions when the pouch is packed normally.

Observations from Use

As straight-forward as this pouch seems, there is real thoughtfulness in the design. For instance, the dimensions are such that it perfectly matches the width of host Tarahumara and the length allows it to be compressed with both of the Tarahumara’s compression straps. Additionally, the Tarahumara has a wedge shape that is thicker at the bottom. The Modified Center-Zip sits near the thinner top portion of the Tarahumara so it does not stick out that far from the wearer’s back. The whole package remains relatively sleek.

The included GrimLocs do a fine job of connecting the Modified Center-Zip to the Tarahumara. They are durable, secure, and very easy to operate even with gloves. However, I have also found that you can use Slik-Clips as a lighter weight, more compact attachment solution. They are harder to connect and disconnect but you likely won’t be taking the Modified Center-Zip on and off very often.

The Modified Center-Zip works a bit like a compression panel in that you can secure items behind it. Beware that the items that you are carrying will not fall out from the bottom. I especially like to carry an axe compressed in this manner when I am working on winter trail maintenance. You can also secure soft gear like a rain shell behind the pouch as long as you apply enough tension on the compression straps.

Obviously, the main use for this pouch is to extend the capacity of the Tarahumara but I have found a few other benefits. The Tarahumara lacks much in the way of organization but the Modified Center-Zip gives me a way to keep gear separated. For instance, I can keep my pitch covered folding saw in it instead of letting it wallow around in the main compartment where it can transfer sticky pitch to my other gear.

Wrap Up

If you have been looking for a way to extend the capacity of your Hill People Gear Tarahumara, I can highly recommend the Tuff Possum Gear Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch. It is well made, easy to use, and works well with the pack’s existing shape and compression features.

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NOTE: Tuff Possum Gear is a small business that makes these pouches in batches. They are usually available in a variety of colors but there are brief times when they may not be in stock. They also offer a number of pouches that are similar in appearance but that are not designed to dock on the Tarahumara so double check your order.

Tuff Possum Gear… Survival Bow Tie?

Can your bow tie help you find north or start a fire in an emergency? It probably can’t but Tuff Possum Gear’s bow tie can!

Tuff Possum Gear is known for making outdoor and survival related nylon gear, so when the opportunity to dress up a little bit arose, owner Jayberry Miller couldn’t help but take this bow tie up a notch or two with the inclusion of a button compass and firestarter.

The idea of a survival bow tie is worth sharing. Unfortunately, this survival bow tie is just a one-off creation and not something Tuff Possum Gear plans to add to their lineup… but we can dream.

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Special Color Modified 10×12″ CenterZip Pouches from Tuff Possum Gear

We’ve told you about Tuff Possum Gear’s Modified 10×12″ CenterZip Pouches before (previous article). These handy pouches are designed to easily attach to the Hill People Gear Tarahumara pack to expand its capacity. Now Tuff Possum Gear is offering the pouch in two special colors: Multicam Black and Safety Orange.

The Multicam Black is notable because, well… everyone like Multicam Black and it looks great. The Safety Orange colorway is truly useful for those who want to not only add capacity to their Tarahumara, but also stand out more in the woods. If you are using the Tarahumara as a hunting pack, this would be an easy way to add some orange to your kit. Even if you aren’t hunting but you are using the pack in an area where you know hunters may be, this is a handy addition to a great pack.

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Tuff Possum Gear Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch – Easy Way to Add Capacity to HPG Tarahumara

If you are looking for an easy way to add some capacity and organization to your Hill People Gear Tarahumara, check out the Tuff Possum Gear (TPG) Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch. TPG’s Center-Zip Pouches were originally designed as general purpose pouches that could organize small gear in a large pack or serve as possibles pouches.

They posted a custom modification of one such pouch on their social media that was slightly larger than their typical Center-Zip Pouch and had the addition of 2 webbing loops with GrimLocs. These additions allowed the pouch to mate perfectly with the top loops of the Hill People Gear Tarahumara. The idea grew legs from there and now they offer these pouches regularly in small batches.

The Modified 10×12 Center-Zip Pouch attaches to the top loops on the Tarahumara. It hangs down on the front of the pack and is captured with the Tarahumara’s compression straps. This configuration adds capacity while maintaining compression and allowing easy access to the main compartment by simply opening the compression straps and flipping the pouch up out of the way.

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Tuff Possum Gear Multipurpose Survival Scarf

Even the most basic scarf can be used in a lot of different ways but Tuff Possum Gear has added a couple of unique features that really earn the name Multipurpose Survival Scarf (MSS).

Their MSS is constructed from diamond ripstop nylon that is sewn into a tube with a closed end. The interior of the tube is lined with high visibility orange fabric so that they entire scarf may be turned inside out to serve as a visual signal. This closed end tube format allows the MSS to serve not only as a scarf but also as a number of other items like:

  • a bag for gathering materials
  • a sling bag when tied with cordage
  • a pillow
  • a pre-filter for water purification
  • a head covering
  • and lots, lots more…

You can check out the Multipurpose Survival Scarf at the Tuff Possum Gear store.

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