Mar 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm #1314694
I built a new ski pack a couple weeks ago (haven't shared photos of it yet) and with my pack building motivation running high I decided to move right into a project I've had on my bucket list for a long time.
I've heavily modified multiple Golite Jam Packs but have always yearned for the utter simplicity of a ruck styled after Jardine's original design that manifested itself commercially as the Golite Breeze. I borrowed elements pretty heavily from my beloved ULA Conduit and Amp packs, some tidbits from Risk's JJPack, as well as the inspiration of myriad other MYOG frameless rucks I've seen over the years.Mar 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm #2085035
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Very interesting. I see that you shot those photographs in the factory assembly room when the rest of the staff was away.
–B.G.–Mar 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm #2085037
Sorry but I didn't feel like asking any of folks around me to pose in the photos for you, Bob.Mar 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm #2085062
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Looks great Sam! Glad you're back, by the way:)
That is one sweet pack. I love all the packs you mentioned (although not familiar with Risk's pack yet) so this is a nice conglomeration of ideas.
Will 1L bladders sit securely in the side pockets? I like the tall main exterior mesh pocket a lot.
Please do report back with how it performs!
ToddMar 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm #2085069
@mpap89Locale: bay area
That looks a bit like the goruck factory…Mar 22, 2014 at 8:12 am #2085166
I designed the side pockets for 1L bottles – hoping it works in practice. And yes, that is in fact GORUCK, I am project manager for new product developmet at GR. Good eye.Mar 22, 2014 at 9:04 am #2085184
Had a Breeze knockoff on my MYOG wishlist until I scored a well used real thing on the gear swap forum. Add a unpadded belt and it should be perfect for my twice annual backpacking trail maintenance weekends (SHT north of Two Harbors)
Ditto on the welcome back remarks and good to see you landed back in the outdoor products industry. Color me jealous of your access to that production floor.Mar 22, 2014 at 9:30 am #2085189
Hey, Jim good to hear from you. Access to a bartacker and double needler is very handy. I'll be curious to see if I end up putting a hipbelt on it after a few trips. I rarely use the stabilizer belt on my Amp so we'll see.Mar 22, 2014 at 10:18 am #2085196
"I am project manager for new product developmet at GR. Good eye."
Congrats, SamMar 22, 2014 at 10:23 am #2085198
Nice looking pack.Mar 22, 2014 at 10:30 am #2085203
@ckrusorLocale: Northwest US
That's a handsome pack. The simplicity is very appealing. The thing that stands out to me is the mesh material. What kind of mesh is that? Is that "Leno" mesh?Mar 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm #2085500
Colin this is a polyester mesh with approximately 3/16" holes weighing around 1.8oz / sq. yd. While I'm on the subject, the pack body is 200d Cordura, the straps are 200d on top and spacer mesh underneath. The bound edges of the mesh pockets are 1000d Cordura. Inside is 3/4 grosgrain binding on all the seams. 1" and 3/4" nylon webbing make up the straps.Mar 23, 2014 at 11:53 pm #2085603
@packfanLocale: Sierra Nevadas
That's a clean looking pack. Nice work. What's the weight?Mar 24, 2014 at 7:40 am #2085626
Darren, I know it's blasphemy but I haven't put it on a scale yet! I did get a volume read on it though and the main body of the pack (below the extension collar) is right at 40L (2440 cu. in.).
*edit May 2nd, 2014 – after taking pack out for an overnighter I fixed a couple weak spots and bound all inside seams. Final weight is 13.52 oz.Mar 24, 2014 at 11:13 am #2085702
I really like the look of this pack, super rugged yet simple. Curious to hear results without a hip belt with the shape, I've been wanting to try to create similar size but couldn't decide on suspension. I really dig it.Mar 24, 2014 at 11:22 am #2085706
Thanks, Jon. I've found that with proper packing and of course lightweight gear choices, a frameless ruck with no hip stabilizer can work great. If you're hoisting around a lot of gear and need to transfer weight from shoulders to hips and then back to shoulders off an on throughout the day then this design won't be practical.Apr 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm #2088515
I posted up some pictures and a description of the "Ski Pack" I spoke of in my original post if you're interested.Apr 3, 2014 at 7:47 am #2089166
@tigerpawsLocale: Upstate SC
Hey Sam Any plans to bring pack to market? RonApr 3, 2014 at 9:25 am #2089203
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
Very nice work on a very cleanly designed and executed pack build. ;-)
I recognized the pics of the factory too. All I can say is that I am supremely envious of what you have available to you for MYOG.
IMHO you've got the dream job. Hats off to those people you work with for what they do and for what they have done for us.
Newton ;-)Apr 4, 2014 at 10:55 am #2089618
Ron, I built this pack for myself and my own needs. I have no plans to go into business building and selling packs myself, no. Although I do have access to a nice large cutting table and some specific machines such as a bartacker and binder this pack could definitely be sewn on my home machine (vintage Singer) too. It's just a bit faster on the industrial equipment.
Thanks for the vote of confidence, John!Apr 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm #2089690
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Great looking pack Sam!Apr 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm #2090055
Appreciate it, George.May 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm #2098668
Took this ruck out for an overnighter about two weeks ago and got a feel for what worked and what didn't. I brought it into the shop today and fixed a couple weak spots as well as put binding tape along all inside seams. Final weight is 13.52 oz.
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