Nov 14, 2005 at 3:38 pm #1217145
Good evening everyone. New to the forum and I am in need of some help. Some time ago, in my endless surfing for lightweight gear, I saw a pack that was basically a stuff sack with shoulder straps. I recall it was very light; maybe even lighter than a G6. Can someone point me in the correct direction?
ThanksNov 14, 2005 at 3:44 pm #1345098
@pjLocale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
perhaps this is what you saw?Nov 14, 2005 at 4:26 pm #1345102
Thanks Paul. That is the one. Do you by chance know the physical dimensions of the pack? All of the retailers and IG list is the volume.Nov 14, 2005 at 4:39 pm #1345105
Thanks Paul. That is the one. Do you by chance know the physical dimensions of the pack? All of the retailers and IG list is the volume.Nov 14, 2005 at 4:40 pm #1345106
check out the reveiw on this site
it looks like if you remove the hipbelt you can get the pack to weigh 3.5oz and if you replace the soulder straps you can get it to be even lighter, but if you are going to do that I recomend just buying a u.l. stuff sack and making your own packNov 14, 2005 at 6:23 pm #1345108
Thanks for the link Ryan. It would seem that using a dry pack would be most effective.
My interest is building something inexpensive for this project. What is the best source for shoulder straps? Make your own (I dont have access to a sewing machine at this time), or sourcing shoulder straps from a poor defenseless donor pack? :)Nov 15, 2005 at 1:14 am #1345122
@pjLocale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Michael, sorry to be so long in getting back, was “off-line”. sorry, i don’t know the dimensions.Nov 15, 2005 at 7:04 am #1345125
Thru-hiker.com has pre-made shoulder straps here for $10:
http://www.thru-hiker.com/MaterialDetail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=mg153&subcat=HardwareNov 15, 2005 at 12:13 pm #1345140
you could just use some webbing straps, thats all integral designs used for the silicoat pack :-)Nov 15, 2005 at 1:47 pm #1345148
Here’s something that has intrigued me for a while– once you get below the ten pound mark, why not use a design more like a duffle or messenger bag– eliminating one strap completely? Ray Jardine wrote of carrying his pack on just one shoulder most of the time. It could open up other designs with the pack oriented horizontally rather than vertically.
Something I haven’t come across in the UL designs is a variation on the old bed roll: if you have all that fabric for a sleeping bag, why add the pack? A simple strap system with your goodies rolled up in the sleeping bag would be uber minimalist. With a poncho, it could go under the raingear to keep it dry.Nov 15, 2005 at 2:28 pm #1345154
Thanks David; definately a viable option.
I also thought about taking the super thin straps off of a camelback “biker” model (not sure if this is still the model name) and adapt to my homemade pack. This would add to the overall cost though. I might have to stick with the thru-hiker straps or find a cheap donor pack.Nov 15, 2005 at 2:38 pm #1345156
I doubt she said it quite like that but If the load is light enough you could always go Grandma Gatewood style:
Or back to Dale’s single strap idea … I’ve hiked many a mile with day hike stuff (first aid, rain gear, snack, navigation) packed in a medium sized old Caribou fanny pack carried “bandolier style” with the strap passing over one shoulder and under the other arm.
Not having access to a sewing machine, I think your lowest cost MYOG solution might be to buy a pre-made silnylon stuff sack (example: $12 for 12 liter size, $14 for 25 liter at golite) and then hand sew a single 1.25 inch strap down one side. Add a ladder buckle and you’re in business. good multi-use possibilities too.Nov 15, 2005 at 2:47 pm #1345158
I did find this dry sack at REI. $15 cheaper than the ID; but completely waterproof at 7.4 oz. Wrong direction in weight but greater capability.
Hmmmmmm …Nov 15, 2005 at 2:51 pm #1345159Nov 15, 2005 at 3:01 pm #1345160
Grandma Gatewood crossed my mind as I wrote the message. Talk about less is more.
I like to carry a fanny pack that way– I have too much belly and too little fanny– or I guess you could say I taper the wrong direction. I have an Ex Officio fanny pack that I picked up in a thrift store that is essentially a long tube with a zipper down the side. I carry all my essentials in that and it works well bandolier style. Packs, what packs? WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ PACKS :)Nov 15, 2005 at 3:04 pm #1345161
when sizing any of the available stuff sacks, is a 20″ x 10″ sack capable of holding a 20″ tall foam pad; ie accounting for wrap-around of the contents?
Or is this a length when the sack is empty/flat?
I never thought this was going to require so much research, LOL.Nov 15, 2005 at 3:08 pm #1345162
it is probably flat. I bought a dry sack once for my sleeping bag with the right mesurements. I could fit the bag in but there was no space to roll it up so I ended up not being able to use it. if you want a sack for a pad then you will have to find one with a 25″ or 26″ length, good luck :-)>Nov 15, 2005 at 3:12 pm #1345163
Thanks Ryan. I had assume exact length.
Re-searching begins again.Nov 15, 2005 at 5:24 pm #1345168
somewhat off my origonal topic, but:
nice, low cost day pack here:
maybe others had seen this before.Nov 15, 2005 at 10:55 pm #1345188
The Exped dry pack is a little heavy but the design might get your creative juices goin’: http://www.backpacker.com/article/1,2646,7750,00.htmlNov 16, 2005 at 9:30 am #1345222
@blendedfrogLocale: Pacific Northwest
You might be interested in 30 Denier silicone, 3oz, $43 with free shipping from owareusa.com. By removing the waist belt and triming excess webbing from the sholder straps mine weighs 74g/2.6 oz. Or Mountain Laurel Designs Prophet 20, 2.25 oz, $65. All photos on page are the Prophet 30. Although, at this price you might start to look at Gossamer Gear G6 Whisper “Uberlite” Backpack 3.7 oz, BPL member price $90.Nov 16, 2005 at 3:00 pm #1345268
Doh! I bought some parts and pieces late last night. More options. If my homemade doesnt turn out well enough, I will definately look into the varieties listed in the last two posts.
Anything else out there not yet posted?
I wish I wasnt such a gear junky!!!
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