May 29, 2009 at 1:25 pm #1236635
I made a cuben fiber rain shell. It weighs aprox 1.5 ounces give or take a few grams. Made using .33 oz cuben fiber and the tape from KiteBuilder. I made a rough pattern out of a Tshirt I liked, then I increased the size a few inches. I made the hood using Thru Hiker pattern to start and modified it to fit my head as I went along.
I added a different type of visor, I thought this would work better in windy conditions. The cinch strap runs under the visor along its own length of fabric seperate from that of the visor.
Edit: Need to add some pit vents. Im thinking of just cutting a hole under each pit and covering with Thru Hiker mesh. Without venting it is like a sauna suit.May 29, 2009 at 2:00 pm #1504417
The weight is so crazy, I nearly had a heart attack. :-)
Good job, now all we need to do is to convince a big company to make these.May 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm #1504419
Steven EvansBPL Member
Awesome…perfect winter vapor barrier aswell.
How are the seams holding up with the kite tape?May 29, 2009 at 2:17 pm #1504426
Greg MihalikBPL Member
Which tape did you use from Kitebulder?
Tap15 – Double Faced
Tap16 – Super Seam
Tap18 – C3 Sail Tape 3/8"
Tap19 – C3 Sali Tape 1/2"
ThanksMay 30, 2009 at 7:36 pm #1504677
I used this tape, Super Seam Tape 9460PC – 3/8".
The seams hold up fine for normal wear but if you pull on them hard enough they will seperate. I did notice the seams got significantly stronger after hanging up for a week or two. If it becomes a problem I will do a proper seam and fold the edges over and retape.
I didnt do a proper feld seam, I think its called a feld seam. I was lazy when I taped it and just taped down the seam and stuck both pieces together. Then I flattened it out with a chapstick tube like applying a sticker. Anybody can make these! :)
I have not tested in cold and wet conditions yet, hopefully the adhesive holds up. I have tested it in 100 degree weather and heat doesnt seem to weaken the seam. I live near the Southern most trailhead of the PCT so we don't see this kind of weather often.May 30, 2009 at 11:39 pm #1504697
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
> I did notice the seams got significantly stronger after hanging up for a week or two.
Correct. 3 days is normally enough.
CheersJun 2, 2009 at 10:37 am #1505251
Very nicely done. What is that white rectangle over your left chest? A pocket? Fold in pouch?
On a secondary note – that is the worst case of frostbite I've ever seen – you might want to get that checked before your eyes, nose, and lips fall off…..Jun 2, 2009 at 9:46 pm #1505435
Its a stuff sack on the inside of the shell. The frostbite is from a recent trip to Tijauna.Jun 2, 2009 at 11:48 pm #1505447
Mark McLauchlinBPL Member
@markmclauchlinLocale: Western Australia
Kind of scary,
Love the weight thoughJun 3, 2009 at 6:49 am #1505488
Figured that is what it was – I really like it though. Thanks for posting the pics – very helpful.Jun 3, 2009 at 5:03 pm #1505639
frost bite in Tj? That wouldn't be frostbite… nice looking shell though.
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