Some of you might have seen @Phocal 's ongoing progress with his "Frankenpack". Well, I too have purchased a frame myself, to eventually build out my own take on the Frankenpack. However, I have taken things a step further, purchasing a sewing machine, and the materials required to produce my own accessory pouches and gear. I will attempt to chronicle my adventures here. This isn't going to be a DIY, or instructions on how to do this, just a way to share my creations, and maybe get ideas from anyone following along. You'll notice I do my gear in coyote brown, olive drab green, and varying similar shades. The reason is simple: I am primarily a wildlife photographer, and these colors blend best with the full camo I tend to wear. The lack of earth toned or camo photo gear on the retail market is a part of the motivation for this journey. Alot of otherwise great gear doesn't work for me because it makes my camo less effective. What's MOLLE, you may ask? It's an acronym that stands for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. It is a system of packs, vests, pouches, etc, used by the US Army, and refined over many years of use in the field. It has established a standardized method of robust equipment attachment and securing, often referred to as PALS webbing. For civilian purposes, this PALS webbing is the most important aspect of the MOLLE system. It is the aspect that has brought some standardization and cross compatibility to the civilian tactical gear market. It is beginning to bleed into camping, hiking, and even photo gear. The reason is simple. It's durable, lightweight, and is proven to work in conditions much harder than most civilian uses will ever subject it. It allows great flexibility and modularity of gear, and it simply works. It's kind of a no brainer. Here's a front view of the MOLLE system in use, including pack and vest. The basic configuration of PALS/MOLLE webbing is completely standardized. The one inch webbing is always sewn on horizontally, with vertical sew lines at one and a half inch spacing. The webbing can be spaced one inch apart, or stacked one next to the other. This gives a versatile vertical slot 1.5" wide,with regular one inch openings, through which you can weave a variety of different attachment straps or sticks, or even tie things up with paracord. This allows a surface to be configured to hold a vast variety of loadouts, according to the task. So using this easily duplicated universal atachment system, I will embark on a journey to build custom MOLLE pouches for all my gear, and for subsets of gear that are required for specific tasks(i.e. a time lapse pouch, macro lighting pouch, etc). I can then attach these pouches to my MOLLE waist belt, or to a backpack with PALS webbing, for the ultimate in photographer configurability. Here's my waistbelt with some pouches mounted: What do I need to do it? Cordura Nylon material in 500D and 1000D, Cordura 1" webbing, buckles and hardware for making webbing into straps, ripstop nylon for liners, closed cell foam for padding, thread, and more. Here's an example pile of stuff: Okay enough long winded ish, follow up posts will highlight the gear I have made, and will make in the future.