Aug 24, 2008 at 5:54 pm #1230827
Nothing spectacular but I thought I'd post the modifications I made to my Ion today.
Added a pocket inside the lid for key, ID, ATM & first aid. Also added hang loops for my hydration bladder:
Added a bungee to the back for wet gear and stuff I want to store on the outside.
Added an unplanned hole while removing stitches when I sewed several layers of the pack together. Followed up with hole removal process:Aug 24, 2008 at 6:53 pm #1448384
Tim MarshallBPL Member
putting holes in your gear makes it lighter!!!Aug 24, 2008 at 6:57 pm #1448386
Brian BarnesBPL Member
Nice work Don! I really like the outer bungee and inside pack lid. I just picked up an ion on sale. I cut the waist strap off and removed the sternum strap and now the size medium pack weights 7.3 ounces!
When you added the loops for the outer bungee did you just sew them on top of the side seams?Aug 25, 2008 at 6:10 am #1448425
I just sewed the bungee tabs on as close to the original seam as possible. In one thread someone added a rear mesh pocket by completely removing and re-sewing the original seam. That was a little ambitious for my skill level. I'm headed on a trip this weekend so I wanted to make sure my pack was in one piece. DMAug 25, 2008 at 8:30 am #1448441
te – waBPL Member
looks good Donny.
I took the hydration sleeve out of my Jam2 and it will work perfectly to replace the fragile no-seeum i added to my ION last week. Almost as if its made that way…so I did end up likeing the design of the mesh pocket, and the Jam2's hydro pocket is a durable stretch mesh that Id love to see GoLite add as a permanent feature of the ION.
I know for 2009 they have some changes coming, waist belt pockets on the Jam for instance. The ION desperately needs some sort of water holder. Thanks for posting your work, looks very functional. MikeAug 25, 2008 at 9:57 am #1448445
.Aug 25, 2008 at 10:06 am #1448447
If I had it to do again I'd open the main seam for the bungee loops and re-sew them that way. This would make access easier and would probably be stronger than my current solution. It will take a little more preparation but its probably worth it. I did everything with a sewing machine. If you really want to get crafty you could add a mesh pocket on the back that goes 1/2 way up and bungee loops at the same time.Nov 19, 2009 at 12:06 am #1546329
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