Jul 6, 2009 at 4:46 am #1237549
Last year I developed a 1 ounce Cuben fiber pack, made from one yard of material.
I decided to follow Glen Van Peski's example of the G4 pack and try to give something back to the lightweight hiking community. You can have the instructions for free.
You can find the instructions here:
Please enjoy responsibly.Jul 6, 2009 at 5:10 am #1512243
Patrick CaulderBPL Member
I must say that is pretty impressive.Jul 6, 2009 at 6:19 am #1512247
This is exactly the type of project I was looking for for my first MYOG project, something functional that wont take up a LOT of very expensive fabric. I've only sewn some stuff sacks up to now, and I would like to make something that I can truly enjoy on the trail.Jul 6, 2009 at 9:09 am #1512274
Looks cool. I'm hoping someone will follow these directions and post some more pictures up of the process and finished product. Thanks Mark!Jul 6, 2009 at 10:40 am #1512287
Doug JohnsonBPL Member
@djohnsonLocale: Washington State
I love the pack Mark! Unfortunately, I don't sew. Would you consider making another? I'd love to add a Henley Pack to my SUL gear list.
Speaking of, your sub-3 list is great! It gives me some new ideas for my lightest kit.
Thanks!Jul 6, 2009 at 3:11 pm #1512321
no thanks, i'll stick with my redwing, more usefull.Jul 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm #1512377
Mark, it would be great if you could post some more pictures the pack… I'm a very visual learner so seeing more of the finished product would be very beneficial to me.Jul 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm #1512504
Yes, more pics would be great. Also, a table with the materials in international units please :-)Jul 7, 2009 at 12:57 pm #1512507
Thanks Mark, I'd like to make a pack like this for overnighters where I bring really low gear bulk and weight. The instructions are great, and a big thanks..I feel bad even saying this because you have obviously put some work into it, but I too would like to see more pictures to help understanding the instructions…I have to give them to my mom :)
Robert, can you post a link to the "redwing" pack? I tried to google it but couldn't find it. I'd rather buy one then build one!Jul 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm #1512530
@stwandellLocale: Too close to lights
Kelty Redwing – mid-size pack in the 3+ lbs range.Jul 7, 2009 at 9:14 pm #1512591
I saw the Kelty Redwing, but since we're talking a 1 ounce pack, assumed it was not the one. 3 lbs for 2500 cubic inches? That'll get your BPL membership taken away! ;)Jul 11, 2009 at 11:40 am #1513273
Matthew SteingassBPL Member
Just found my next pack. AwesomeJul 11, 2009 at 6:39 pm #1513314
absolutely amazing. ThanksJul 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm #1516335
I've added more pictures to the instructions on the GC website and tried to make the instructions a bit more usable.
As for sewing, I'm currently recovering from back surgery, so I won't be sitting at a sewing machine any time soon, perhaps this fall I may be able to make a couple.
I'll keep working on this as I am able guys, I'm just going really slow these days.
One other thing …. Bill F's revolutionary ideas was without a doubt inspiration for this project. I wouldn't even had attempted to work with Cuben had it not been for Bill's work. Thanks for being my SUL Idol Bill!
MarkJul 24, 2009 at 6:42 pm #1516336
Here are a few pictures of variants of the one ounce pack. A Cuben pack with a zipper lid, which I really didn't like too much (material wasn't stiff enough for the zipper I felt) and a 3200 Cu In version in Sil Nylon.Jul 24, 2009 at 6:49 pm #1516338Jul 24, 2009 at 7:44 pm #1516349Jul 24, 2009 at 9:23 pm #1516362
Doug JohnsonBPL Member
@djohnsonLocale: Washington State
Thanks Mark! I hope you're feeling better soon. If you ever decide to make a couple, please keep me in mind.
Best, DougAug 25, 2010 at 9:23 am #1640319
First, I want to thank Mark for giving back to the UL community by posting the instructions for The One Ounce GoFast Pack. The UL community will grow and prosper if more people follow Mark's lead and share ideas/experiences/patterns with the world.
I am new to UL and love the concept of MYOG. I was quite excited when I found The One Ounce GoFast Pack on the Gossamer Gear website. Using one yard of fabric and a simple pattern I figured this was a perfect newbie project. However, I've had an extremely difficult time with this pack. I simply can not decipher the instructions. Chances are the pack will never be finished.
The reason I'm posting this is to caution other MYOG newbies that this may not be the ideal first project. I've faced nothing but confusion and frustration when attempting to read the instructions. I understand you should fully understand each step of directions before starting a project but my judgment was clouded by my MYOG excitement. The One Ounce GoFast Pack turned my excitement into a headache and soured my view of MYOG.
However, I want to thank Mark for his time and hard work putting together the directions for this pack. It was his desire to share with the UL community that convinced me to stop lurking UL message boards and actually MAKE something. So while I didn't get a finished pack, I gained experience and a bit of insight into the MYOG process.Aug 25, 2010 at 9:28 am #1640324
I don't know. It seems kind of heavy.
(holy crap)Aug 25, 2010 at 9:32 am #1640326
You never fail until you stop trying. There are some very talented members on this board who I am sure would take the time to help you with some of the issues you are having with the project. Post some pics and questions – I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.Aug 25, 2010 at 10:08 am #1640336
I have an 80 to 85% completed example of Mark's 1 oz pack done in grey silnylon. It is presently residing under the sewing machine in a plastic bag pending completion.
I began with this pack, tabled it, and moved on to sew and complete another pack.
I too had problems with understanding the instructions. Using the pictures for clarification was difficult because all the material in Mark's pictures was bright orange. It was hard for me to tell where a part of the pack began or ended.
I know the difficulty involved in developing a set of easily understandable instructions that makes it possible to transform what is in the mind's eye into a three dimensional piece of gear. Many times when we don't see what we expect to see as we follow someone elses direction we balk.
+1 for applauding Mark's efforts in sharing his design and instructions.
Never give up! ;-)
NewtonAug 25, 2010 at 10:22 am #1640341
I'm still in 4 pieces and needing some insight. I have two compelted pack straps, a main bag and a 90% complete pack lid. ;-)
In your original design was the lid supposed to have an actual pocket in it?
Why is it so important to stitch through the shockcord at the top opening of the pack to "make it ride high"?
Wishing you a full and speedy recovery on your back surgery.
NewtonAug 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm #1641026
Newton and Steven. Thanks for the encouragement. I'm traveling to Glacier next week. When I return I will post some images of my pack. I'm stuck on "Creating the Bottom" (pg. 9):
"Take the pack body and back panel assembly and find one of the corners where the seam ran out from attaching the back to the body. Turn the extra flap of material at the bottom 90 degrees at the point where the seam ran out, and sew it to the bottom of the back panel with a ½ inch seam allowance."
DanAug 27, 2010 at 2:24 pm #1641060
I hope these pictures help with the construction of the bottom of your pack.
The red bandana is there for contrast to aid in visualizing the "articulated fold" that Mark was speaking about.
FYI the front panel is what I call the shoulder strap side of the pack. It's the one that rides against your back.
The rear panel is what I call the side of the pack that has the large pleated pocket on it.
This is the way that I interpreted the instructions concerning the construction of the pack's bottom. ;-)
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