Making a Pack
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Jan 29, 2006 at 12:34 am #1217642
I have no idea what got into me. Maybe it was the inexpensive deal on sil-nylon I got from Oware. Maybe it was just that periodic drive to DIY. Maybe, as my wife suspects, I’m a bit loony.
Well, regardless, I decided to sew my own Super Ultra Light pack. I have a Mariposa. I have an Essence (man, that 90 dollar deal was too much to withstand). But both of those clock in above 10 oz. I wanted something that came in at around 6 oz for my SUL gear.
So I spent some time online looking at a variety of packs. I downloaded directions from thru-hiker.com, Gossamer Gear and looked at pretty much every other pack out there. In the end, I decided on something that is a unholy cross between the Fanatic Fringe Alpine Trail, the Golite Breeze and the Gossamer Gear stuff.
Here are some pictures:
It clocks in at 5.5 oz. It holds, oh lets say about 1700 ci of gear (give or take a few inches).
1. 3 big mesh pockets (sides, front)
2. Draw String extension collar
3. Over the top compression strap
4. Silnylon sides/front and 200 cordura back/bottom
5. 2.5” wide straps w/ anti-slip fabric on the bottom
6. Haul Loop
It took about 5 hours to make, give or take some for cutting the silly slippery sil-nylon. Plugged in the Ipod and let it shuffle while I put it together. The assembly was pretty much following the Gossamer Gear G4 instructions but with my own custom pattern. Of course, for the money I spent, I could have purchased a Fanatic Fringe pack, but hey, it’s the journey my friend.
Now to try it out – hope the seams hold <grin>Jan 29, 2006 at 6:09 am #1349516AnonymousGuest
Where did you get hte mesh for your pack?
What is the mesh called (its name)?
How much does it weigh per yard?
ThanksJan 29, 2006 at 8:52 am #1349519
I got the mesh at Seattle Fabrics.
It was called Athletic Mesh.
7.99 a yard.
Dont’ know how much it weighs.Jan 29, 2006 at 7:25 pm #1349540Jay HamMember
I give it a two thumbs up!! Nice stitch work too.
JayFeb 20, 2006 at 7:03 pm #1350894David StenbergBPL Member
Great pack! How did you pad the shoulder straps? Did you put anything inside like pieces of foam or is it just fabric?Feb 20, 2006 at 7:53 pm #1350900
Used a closed cell foam pad I had lying around. If I were to redo it I’d use some 1/8 Thinlight foam from Gossamer Gear instead – with such a light pack, you don’t need the padding.
Took it on a 5 hour day hike last saturday and it worked perfectly.
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