The Karrimor SF Sabre 45 is a well known military rucksack and I have reviewed one before. You can read my thoughts HERE. I have come back for another look because a new add on has become available that changes what the Sabre 45 can offer. The add on vastly expands the customisation options by bringing MOLLE in the form of a zip on side panel to the Sabre 45.
The Sabre 45 is a tough medium sized pack with a small footprint, however sometimes it is not big enough. You are then required to use an additional zip on side pocket to increase capacity if you need it. The resulting ‘large growth’ on the side of the pack gets in the way and makes the pack look very cumbersome and awkward. Because there are no real expansion options with the Sabre 45 this is what you are left with having to do.
Karrimor SF now offer a MOLLE side panel that allows a huge range of compatible accessories to be attached. This has allowed me to transform my Sabre 45 into having additional storage. Without the need to use a huge side pocket.
For my Sabre 45 pack I decided on a IA Medical Pouch and a Roll Up Dump Pouch to attach via the MOLLE side panel.
The Roll Up Dump Pouch is fantastic for storing a tarp, groundsheet and guy lines. The pouch even has space left over for tent pegs. Consequently adding quick access to your shelter without having to open your rucksack. Furthermore the IA Medical Pouch fits a small fuel bottle and wash kit. My preferred method to carry fuel is outside of the main pack. These can be attached to the Sabre 45 via the MOLLE side panel.
MOLLE Side Panel
The MOLLE side panel has zips either side which correspond to ones on the Sabre 45 pack itself. Moreover the MOLLE side panel is also secured via a total of four buckles. The sturdy attachment points allow for a decent amount of weight to be carried in any additional pouches you attach via the MOLLE. Secondly on the other side of the MOLLE strips is a folded fabric storage sleeve, big enough to hold a water bladder or waterproof layer.
The MOLLE side panel really transforms the Sabre 45 into a very helpful and multifunctional pack. Furthermore the MOLLE side panel works on any Karrimor SF pack that can take side pockets. Subsequently for bigger packs you can benefit from adding MOLLE if straps are not already there.