Jun 21, 2011 at 8:04 am #1275738
Looking for a source for a durable mesh to make a vest with webbing attachments for SAR work.
I tried the ribz pack last weekend and was very disappointed. My chest got sweaty and hot. The straps and rings cut into my shoulders. When zipped, the items I was carrying got compressed and pushed the buttons on my gps and radio…very frustrating.
I'm looking to design or buy a mesh chest panel to hang different items on. It can attach to the backpack straps or not, but it must be breathable.
I see many myogers using mesh on their backpack designs, I don’t think it needs to be stretchy, but should be comfortable. Any help on how to secure the edges will be appreciated.
DaveJun 21, 2011 at 12:43 pm #1751729
I'd start with thru-hiker.com and questoutfitters.com for fabric in general.Jun 22, 2011 at 5:03 am #1751976
Thanks for the links, but I was hoping for some insight into each different kind of mesh. I need more than product descriptions. It needs to be tough and fairly stiff, as I will be sewing loops and Velcro to hang items from. (Radios, gps, compass, tape)
If someone has handled, prodded, abused these products, let me know.
DaveJun 22, 2011 at 5:39 am #1751986
The only kind of mesh that I can think of that would suit you would be the 4mm Foam Ventilated Mesh, the kind of mesh many MYOGers use for the inside of their shoulder straps and hipbelts. You would probably want to sew it a stiffer nylon fabric to give it structure, which won't allow it to breathe quite as well, but will make it easier to wear and easier to work with altogether.Jun 22, 2011 at 6:30 am #1751997
John DonewarBPL Member
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
Consider ordering a sample packet of mesh from Seattle Fabrics.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
There are two sample packs filled with meshes; you can either order one or the other for $2.00 each, or get both for $4.00
1 of 2 – Bag and Screening Mesh; includes: Dive Mesh, Fiberglass Screening, No-See-Um Mosquito Netting, Leno Mesh, Medium Polyester Mesh, Trampoline Mesh, Phifertex and Phifertex Plus.
2 of 2 – Clothing Mesh; includes: Athletic Mesh, Sports Mesh, Mini Mesh and Power Mesh.
I would think that the first sample pack would have in it what you need. The Phifertex or Phifertex Plus seems interesting for your application.
"I don’t think it needs to be stretchy, but should be comfortable."
As far as binding the edges I think that I would use the 1" #2036 lt wt – SOFT grosgrain from Quest Outfitters.
Scroll down about one fourth of the page. ;-)
NewtonJun 22, 2011 at 7:39 am #1752012
great ideas. I ordered the sample packs
DaveJun 22, 2011 at 10:45 am #1752099
I'm currently using the equivalent to the dive mesh on the seattlefabrics.com website as external pockets on my Ion… bomber material.Jun 25, 2011 at 3:36 am #1753140
Found this on e-bay for $20
I think I can mod it by cutting off the back and sewing attachment loops to my backpack.
Thanks again for all of the help. I definately will use seattle fabrics in the future.
DaveJul 12, 2011 at 4:52 am #1758379
I'm currently participating in a thing called Scandinavian UL mystery box. Short story, a packet sent around allowing people to give away unused kit, or take others unused kit. http://www.hikinginfinland.com/2010/05/scandinavian-ul-mystery-box.html
I've been planning to sew a chest pouch, yesterday though, I recieved the box. And there was a OMM Trio chest pouch, so I'll stick with that. You might want to check that out? If you need to, I can get pics too…
DanielJul 12, 2011 at 9:06 am #1758438
Chris HBPL Member
@nxpLocale: Upper Midwest
Those FLC's are HEAVY. Really heavy for what they are. There's no back on it already, just a couple straps that go down to the lower back area – a bunch of webbing all over, and there's a dual layered velcro pocket behind the woodland camo section on the inside of the vest. Once you stripped everything off of it, including the extra hardware and inner pockets, I'd still be that thing weighed at least 12oz as the mesh is really heavy duty.
Just thought I'd warn ya!
CJul 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm #1758666
Just in time. I'll be trying out the mods this weekend. Basically I just cut off the back and re-attached some webbing to the front so it could hang from my backpack straps. I secured it to my belt and added pouches.
Thanks Chris, yes it is heavier than it needs to be, but for now it is cheap and I am testing it for function. If I like it then I will construct one out of lighter materials. I got all of the pouches from military surplus also. I'm sure I will have more projects after this weekend.
Daniel, thanks for the link. I like some functions of the OMM trio pack, especially the fold down map. I like the attachment system also. I will tuck that away for future mods.
Thanks everyone for all of the help.
DaveJul 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm #1760325
the mesh modded pack worked great. It was about 90 degrees out on a 2 day SAR and my chest did not get sweaty (or my back either – sorry, but heavy external frame pack worked perfectly)
It is a keeper, now I can work on making it lighter.
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