Jul 19, 2014 at 12:28 am #1319076
I want to throw it up here that custom built packs are the way to go and give a positive mention to the two Zimmer packs that I have received. Great packs at a sick weight to volume that met my needs.
Anyone else say some good things for this way to order your pack?
Ps- Pacing another order and wondering on unusual small tweaks to be made to packs after a long PCT trek etc etc. Thx.Jul 19, 2014 at 12:57 am #2120902
Totally agree with you. I love my Zimmerbuilt.
There's some great packs out there (ula, granite gear, gossamer gear)….but it was nice to combine all the stuff I wanted into 1 custom pack….all for less weight!
I also really like his snap button roll top setup, and the water resistance/durability/stiffness of the xpack material he uses. I'm tempted to buy another one….hrm…..Jul 19, 2014 at 6:44 am #2120914
@jenmitolLocale: In my dreams....
See, I've got Chris Zimmer figured out, and it's a cabal, I tell you!
He lets you design it, he makes suggestions but overall you are the Decider. So you have him build a pack. It's sweet!!! Nearly perfect….
But you carry it around for a while and realize – oooo, had I done X or Y, that would be even better!
Then you have to contact Chris, because you realize that if you are THISCLOSE to perfection, then by all means go for it! It will only take a tweak or two!
So now you are on your second pack. And it IS perfect!!!! You love it, it fits and carries better than any pack you could imagine….
Well now you have to have ANOTHER! This one is my bear can pack, so now I need a quick summer weekend pack!
Another email to Chris……the cycle repeats…..a new form of gear addiction develops…………
don't say I didn't warn you!Jul 19, 2014 at 7:41 am #2120923
Chad “Stick” PoindexterParticipant
@stickLocale: Wet & Humid Southeast....
This is why I have a few ZPacks packs… :)Jul 20, 2014 at 12:16 am #2121057
Yes agreed!!! It's an addicting trap!
The possibilities are endless…so it's easy to trick yourself into thinking you need to design a pack for every trip!…even though it's not rational.
Since my last post I've been lost in thought about what improvements I could make to my already perfect pack…Jul 20, 2014 at 8:26 am #2121077
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
I have worked with Chris Zimmer and Dan McHale and both have been great experiences.Jul 20, 2014 at 9:02 am #2121080
Yes! Just a few slight tweaks and I am totally set!… For the next year! You guys / gals understand!
(Seriously I think I'm close this time.)Jul 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm #2121574
@nedjursekgmail-comLocale: Pacific Northwest
I hate to say it to those still seeking pack perfection, but I have found it, and it is a beautiful thing. My Zimmerbuilt is perfect. It has exactly what I want and nothing more or less. It fits like a glove. It is built rock solid. Its size/weight ratio is great. After a couple of weeks in the field there is nothing I want to change. Now if only Chris started making trail shoes . . .Jul 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm #2121642
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
Once I got my torso length down, been really enjoying my Zimmerbuilt ZB-2's (different sizes -interchangeable frames …. some other differences … might have gone overboard but only a little) within the ultralight trip context and what the packs were designed for. There's always tweaks but I'm satisfied.
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