Jan 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm #1254529
I finished the G4 pack late last night. I'm very pleased with how it turned out in the end, and how the whole process of making it has been. It has gone a lot smoother than when I made the Ray-Way. I think it's a combination of the construction being more straightforward and simpler on the G4, and the fact that I am a bit more experienced now, having done a couple of projects.
More info and photos on my blog for those who are interested:
Take care.Jan 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm #1566480
Nice job Thomas!
I'm curious what materials were used, and what is the weight and capacity (i.e. did you follow the instructions exactly?)Jan 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm #1566483
Thanks, I followed the instructions except for making two pockets on the left side instead of the standard tall one, and omitting the ice axe loop.
Empty weight (with nothing in the pad holder) is 402 grams, or 14.2 ounces. Will be less when I cut down the straps a bit.
Materials are 2.2oz coated ripstop nylon and 330d cordura. I used the kit from Quest Outfitters:
(#9107)Jan 27, 2010 at 2:14 am #1566690
How are the sock stuffed shoulder straps. Do they feel like they will be comfortable with a fully loaded pack for long periods of time. It seems like they would be lumpy and create sore spots, although I haven't tried it. I always thought that was part of the design was a little extreme. Again, I haven;t tried it, though. Curious to hear your about your experience with them.
Congrats, btw. I made a pack last year, my own design, and it wound up being a POS.Jan 27, 2010 at 2:23 am #1566692
Jeremy, thanks, I have only tried it on with a light load in my living room, so I don't know how it will work on the trail with a heavy load. There are probably a lot of longtime users of this pack which can answer your question.Jan 27, 2010 at 2:24 am #1566693
@holdfastLocale: Bergen, Norway
Good job Thomas, very impressive. It is good to see peoples projects as I start on this MYOG path.Jan 27, 2010 at 2:34 am #1566694
Joe, thanks, cool that you're getting into MYOG. Trust me – it is highly rewarding !Jan 27, 2010 at 8:53 am #1566755
@goldenmeanieLocale: Los Angeles
Well done Thomas!Jan 27, 2010 at 10:26 am #1566783
@zandarLocale: Central Coast of California
Well done, and I like your modification for the two side pockets.
I am considering adding a "y-strap" to my finished pack, in order to carry a bear cannister on top.
Z.Jan 28, 2010 at 12:43 am #1567106
Thanks for all the feedback.
Tom, have you tried yours on the trail yet? The y-strap is a nice touch – I thought about doing it myself, but got a bit impatient at the end ;)Jan 28, 2010 at 5:51 am #1567135
Looks great Thomas!
I finished mine a couple weeks ago, and added a Y-Strap. I don't think that it would be too hard to add after completion. You'd just need to open the seam between the back and collar in two small places.
I used around 26 inches of 3/4" grosgrain for the top of the "Y" and attached it in the seam between the collar and back like the side lashing straps. Then I folded the ends inside down and x-box (or is it x-rhombus?) stitched it to the back panel.
Here's mine:Jan 28, 2010 at 7:25 am #1567149
Steve, very nice :). I will consider adding it after testing the default setup on the trail
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