May 29, 2011 at 8:17 am #1274580
It is really great seeing all of these new backpacks being made on this forum, really some nice work being done here! I hope to see more and more people posting their creations and sharing their experiences with us, I think it has a snow ball effect. Once someone sees that someone else can make a pack, it plants the seed of "why can't I" and before you know it they are off working on a pack and posting it on here. I know that is what got me started, I lurked on here all the time, looking at what others were making and thinking I want to give it a try. Now I can't stop making packs, I just love it and have a great time doing it. I love seeing peoples expressions when I tell them how I like to sew backpacks, it is priceless!
This week has been a busy backpack week for me, on top of my 40hr day job I completed three backpacks and wanted to share some photos…..
First off is the HalfPack 2.0 that I have been working on with BPL member Doug Ide, this is a sweet little pack and I am glad that Doug thought of me when he wanted to bring this pack to life.
Next I had a request to build a pack that had similar features to a SMD Starlite which he had previously owned, but he was looking for a lighter option that still had all the features he wanted. So I came up with this pack. I used 1.45oz cuben and dyneema X for the body and 3D mesh for the skin side of the straps. The packs main volume is around 2500ci and the pack weight is 15oz for the stripped down pack and 18oz for the full feature pack.
This is the shoulder strap pocket that I have been working on, it can fit a GPS, cell phone or 3-4 power bars.
This is a cuben bladder sleeve.
Finally I had a request to build one of my all XPac framed packs but with dyneema X side pockets and a large front pocket with flap. For the frame I used a Gossamer Gear U hoop, and sewed in a sleeve to hold the frame and pad to put in between the back of the pack and frame. The shoulder straps and hipbelt have 3D mesh on the skin side. The pack also includes load lifters and removable hipbelt pockets.
The piece of black 3d mesh on the lower back of the pack is a lumbar pad with velcro closure so more padding can be added if needed.
Here is a Dyneema X version of the shoulder strap pocket.
And that has been my week in building backpacks.May 29, 2011 at 8:39 am #1742437
You continue to amaze us not only with your pack construction but your photographic presentation of your creations. Did you use an all white backdrop to get the suspended in air effect of the packs on this forum?
Those are some really great packs and detailed pictures of them.
Do the water bottle pockets on the XPac and dyneema X framed pack have the ability to drain the way the large front pocket with flap does?
NewtonMay 29, 2011 at 8:49 am #1742443
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
Very nice, keep up the great work.May 29, 2011 at 8:59 am #1742445
Hey Newton, for the photos I use 2 sheets of white foam board, one for the floor and one for the backdrop. For lighting I use 2 speed flashes with umbrellas and radio triggers. I set the flashes to 1/16 power and have the camera on manual with an 800iso, an aperture between 5.6 and 8.0 and a shutter speed of 100. This blows out the white foam board and gives an appearance of the packs floating. For the half pack I used fishing line to get the shoulder straps to float. Now it gets tricky with white cuben, because it is so easy to blow out the pack, so it takes some adjusting of the settings. I just love it when two hobbies cross paths!
Yes the side dyneema pockets have drain holes.
ChrisMay 29, 2011 at 9:02 am #1742447
Great work Chris! The Half Pack 2.0 will be on the trail next weekend!
Really like that cuben pack with the double side pockets you made, looks sweet!May 29, 2011 at 9:15 am #1742450
You soon may have the opportunity to become even busier. ;-)
Check it out.
Never mind the mule just keep loading the wagon! L O L
Once again, great work as always.
NewtonMay 29, 2011 at 11:21 am #1742480
Matthew PerryBPL Member
@bigfoot2Locale: Hammock-NOT Tarptent!
Any chance of selling the pockets? I bet you make a killing.
MMay 29, 2011 at 11:42 am #1742487
drowning in spamMember
Excellent work, and nice photography too!May 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm #1742490
WOW thanks guys I really appreciate the positive feedback and the promoting of my work!
Yeah forget about that mule! LOL
Doug I look forward to hearing your feedback about HalfPack 2.0!
Matthew, shoot me a PM if your interested in some pockets.
ChrisMay 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm #1742514
@everreadyLocale: Sh!^^% Ohio
So, um, when are you going to start taking pack orders? You should start looking in to forming a LLC………………..
Those pack look great. I especially like the last/orange one. Very good work. Man, I'm jealous.
+1 on the pockets too!!May 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm #1742521
Wow… I'm impressed…May 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm #1742544
@socal-nomadLocale: North San Diego county
Wow your the new bench mark!! Your attention to detail and innovation is giving the regular manufactures a run for their money in backpack sewing skills.
TerryMay 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm #1742557
Daryl and DarylBPL Member
@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Your packs are just plain wonderful! I'm pretty good at making things that work but they seldom look good. You are good at both. A rare skill.May 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm #1742581
Very nice work, Chris. Very impressed. I can barely knock out a pack in 2 weeks, and you do 3 very awesome packs in 1 week?!
What is the weight of the HalfPack 2.0? I made a similar day pack that is more of a lumbar pack, but I didn't add load lifters like you did, and I may have to add some.May 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm #1742624
Great looking packs! You're an inspiration to all of us budding MYOGers. It looks like it's about time for you to quit your day job!May 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm #1742633
Ryan CBPL Member
Wow! I love the looks of that third pack made out of XPac and Dyneema. What does it weigh as configured? What is the volume? Could a small bear canister fit at the top securely?
Also, being a noob when it comes to certain fabrics, how water resistant is XPac?May 29, 2011 at 8:46 pm #1742645
The half pack weighs in at around 14oz total, the main body with out shoulder straps weighs 9oz and the shoulder strap harness system weighs 5oz. The load lifters really help keep the pack from bouncing and snug to the back.
The last pack weighs in at 2lbs for the total pack with frame and 28oz with out frame. Comfort not weight was the driving factor with that pack, hence the 3d mesh lumbar pad. Xpac is a laminate so it has very good water resistance and makes a very nice pack.May 30, 2011 at 1:47 am #1742702
Indeed those packs look spectacular. Super clean looking lines there!May 30, 2011 at 8:16 am #1742739
Hendrik MorkelBPL Member
You continue to amaze us not only with your pack construction but your photographic presentation of your creations. Those are some really great packs and detailed pictures of them."
I totally agree with John. Some sweet packs you have sewn there, and you totally got me psyched to try some sewing myself – Thanks!Jun 1, 2011 at 9:39 am #1743576
Michael FogartyBPL Member
Awesome packs Chris, I like the Orange pack the best, even though, its sooo heavy. :)Jun 5, 2011 at 4:23 am #1745088
David GoodyearBPL Member
Your packs continue to inspire me. I like of the outside the box thinking. The half pack is a cool idea – very versatile.
I'm a very amateur pack maker (I can sew a straight line fairly well) I was wondering what your material sources are – especially the plastic attachment clips for your add-on pockets and cuben water bladder sleeve.
DaveJun 5, 2011 at 5:25 am #1745091
"I was wondering what your material sources are – especially the plastic attachment clips…"
Chris may have an alternate source. I found the above url after a fairly frustrating internet search.
The info below was copied and pasted from their terms and conditions.
Because of the exorbitant cost of handling small orders a minimum order of $100.00 is necessary.
NewtonJun 5, 2011 at 5:43 am #1745094
Found them at Seattle Fabrics.
Scroll down on the page to the fifth item.
You can also check out this thread on the subject. The thread is close to one and a half years old but it may point you in the right direction.
Hope this helps.
NewtonJun 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm #1745334
Hey David, I get a lot of my hardware from Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics. I got the Duraflex Siamese Slick Clips from the first source John listed with a $100 min.Jun 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm #1745376
David ChenaultBPL Member
@davecLocale: The West Slope
Chris, I'm impressed by many things here, not the least of which is your design/production efficiency. 3 very different packs in a week!
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