Jan 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm #1267290
Hello everyone, I'm a long time reader, first time poster to the forum. I have really enjoyed reading about everyone's projects, it is so cool to see what everyone can come up with and make on there own. It has inspired me to give gear making a try and this is my first pack. For the body of the pack I used Xpac and for the straps I used 330d cordura sandwiched between 4mm foam ventilated mesh all from rockywood. The packs volume is roughly 2900 cubic inches and weighs 20oz. I put pockets on the hip straps and on the sides of the pack. There is also a pocket on the inside for a foam pad to add some extra comfort.
This project was really a lot of fun and I can't wait to finish up a few other pack designs I have been working on.
Thanks for looking,
ChrisJan 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm #1680547Sean StaplinBPL Member
@mtnratLocale: Southern Cdn Rockies
WOW. Great job. Looks Pro.Jan 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm #1680548toddBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: SE USA
You could sell these! Such a professional job.
ToddJan 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm #1680565Andrew WolffSpectator
Yeah, wow, that is very professinal looking. Design looks similar to a ULA CDT. You have a future in gear making.Jan 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm #1680572Nick TruaxBPL Member
@nicktruaxLocale: SW Montana
Very nice job Chris!
I just received a sewing machine and look forward to a creation such as this. The X-pac is burly stuff and I am pleased to see that the weight of your pack is so low for such rugged materials. Truly impressed.Jan 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm #1680575te – waBPL Member
you must mean "thread injector"
nice looking rig. cool color, too.Jan 4, 2011 at 7:02 pm #1680580Chris PeichelMember
You sure did an amazing job on your pack.
Can't wait to see what else you are going to makeJan 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm #1680592Andrew SchrinerMember
Great work! Very impressive.Jan 5, 2011 at 5:25 am #1680654Stuart RBPL Member
Very nice pack, looks very robust and professional.
As I am considering making a pack of similar size, I'd be very interested in a breakdown of the weight of all the individual pieces. It still surprises me that a relatively small amount of fabric can add up to 20oz (compared to a tent or tarp, which has several sq yds)Jan 5, 2011 at 6:12 am #1680659John DonewarBPL Member
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Texas
Outstanding stitchwork and craftsmanship.
I do have a warning for you. MYOG is addictive. There is no cure.
At present the only known therapy is to sew early, sew often and post lots of pictures. ;-)
Welcome to the MYOG community.
NewtonJan 5, 2011 at 7:58 am #1680689Nate PowellMember
@powell1njLocale: North Carolina
Beautiful pack Chris! I have a question for you about the 4mm foam/mesh you used for the straps. Is 4mm the thickness of the foam used or does that measurement pertain to the mesh? Basically just trying to figure out approximately how thick your total foam padding is with the two pieces sandwiched together. Thanks in advance and, again, really nice work.Jan 5, 2011 at 10:01 am #1680714Tom PetersonBPL Member
@tpeterson1959Locale: Pacific Northwest
First time MYOG! You did a great job. Congratulations.Jan 5, 2011 at 10:46 am #1680723John McBPL Member
I'm blown away at the talent that is found in the BPL community! I wouldn't know how to turn a sewing machine on and yet you guys/gals are making equipment like this… WOW!Jan 5, 2011 at 10:54 am #1680725Bob GrossBPL Member
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
"I wouldn't know how to turn a sewing machine on"
John, change the default position of the 1/0 switch.
–B.G.–Jan 5, 2011 at 11:57 am #1680741Jared DilgBPL Member
Excellent execution, Chris! I have a soft spot for lime green gear – this looks really sharp!
Rockywoods' XPAC appears to be VX07 70 denier based on their weight claims. Does the grey and lime green fabric feel like the same weight?Jan 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm #1680745James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
All I can say is Great Job!Jan 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm #1680796
Thanks for all the kind replies, I don't know who was more amazed at how well it turned out, me or my wife. I was so nervous at first to start cutting up the xpac, but once I started I couldn't stop, just too much fun!
Stuart – I wish I would have thought about weighing out the pieces before I put them together, it would have been neat to see how much just the fabric weighs. But when you add in buckles , bungee cord, webbing and gross grain the inside seams the weight adds up.
John – I like your idea for therapy! I am hoping to finish up my second pack tonight and will have to get some photos and post.
Nathan – The 4mm is the thickness of the foam mesh, so my straps are around 8mm thick, I did put a piece of 330d Cordura between the foam just to make it a little stronger. I would be interested to compare thru-hikers 3d mesh to the foam mesh from Rockywoods. Has anyone compared the two??? Thru-hikers is defiantly more expensive but i wonder if it is any better?
Jared – The green xpac feels lighter then the grey, The green looks like it has a 70d ripstop for the top layer, where the grey is not ripstop, and feels heavier and stiffer, which i like for the bottom and back of the bag. I do want to try some of there red and orange xpac, I hope it is like the green.Jan 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm #1680864Josh NewkirkBPL Member
AwesomeJan 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm #1680878Brad WalkerMember
Looks very professional, especially the shoulder straps and hip belt. Loving the other outside features and color too.Jan 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm #1680886Jared DilgBPL Member
Thanks Chris! Yeah I've got some white VX07 XPAC with ripstop top layer, while my VX21 200d stuff is without the ripstop. I'd like to use the VX21 for higher abrasion areas like you did. Looking forward to your next project post!Jan 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm #1681294Richard SeifertMember
Thats an awesome pack.
VERY VERY nice job.Jan 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm #1681583Daryl and DarylBPL Member
@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
The quality of your work far exceeds mine. I'm impressed.Feb 18, 2011 at 9:47 am #1698321B. PerryMember
Beautiful pack. What did you use for a pattern?Feb 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm #1698501
For the pattern for this pack I just made a bunch of rectangles and sewed them together. I wanted this pack to be as easy as possible because it was the first time I had ever made a pack and I had no clue how it was going to go. I had some time today so i drew up a layout of the pattern of this pack, it should give you the general idea of the different pieces that go into it. This is the first time I have used google docs so let me know if you are unable to view it. Here is the link:
It is a pretty easy build and a lot of fun for a project.
Let me know if you have any questions.
ChrisFeb 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm #1698508Rob BouchardSpectator
Downloaded the pattern for when(or if) I get the nerve to try to make a pack. Thanks
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