Mar 9, 2012 at 9:38 am #1286858
Dan has finaly posted pictures of the new dyed cuben McHale packs, very cool!Mar 9, 2012 at 10:34 am #1851151
@breaktheshoalLocale: West of the Mississippi
I could be completely wrong about this, but the picture you posted looks like one of Dan's full dyneema packs. Regardless, beautiful craftsmanship! I managed to snag a Critical Mass MB II panel/top-loader hybrid in full dyneema when he still offered it. LOVE IT! McHale Packs are worth every penny.
-AndrewMar 9, 2012 at 10:37 am #1851153Mar 9, 2012 at 10:42 am #1851161
The material used is a McHale specific cuben hybrid, here is a quote from the McHale site.
"This week I have about 4 Dyed Hybrid Cuben packs to photograph with more to come. This is sort of a Dyed Cuben debut! It's a Merkebeiner 34. I will get some specs up soon."Mar 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm #1851219
@asciibaronLocale: Mid Atlantic
this is going to make me want another McHale pack. was on his site, man those new packs look sweet.Mar 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm #1851314
And now the final question. How expensive is such a pack?Mar 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm #1851331
I'm not completely sure, but I think Dan said the Cuben material only adds a little over $100(not including dye). I was going to have Dan build me A Cuben LBP36, I just didn't have the time to get in all the demoing I need. Dan was going to use like 3.6oz sqyd cuben for "extreme"(my words) durability. I think he said the tear resistance was like 321 lbs per square inch, for that weight cuben, again don't quote me on that.
When I get done with my upcoming 6 month trek a Cuben McHale will be back on the top of my list, for sure.Mar 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm #1851413
According to Dan I should have it in my hands next week.Mar 10, 2012 at 1:03 am #1851541
Todd, can you fill us in more on this material?
Is this a Spectra Lite, or a Dyneema X Plus?
It looks a little heavier than the HMG material, which is really great stuff. My climbing buddies get jealous with the burliness of the material.Mar 10, 2012 at 7:31 am #1851578
The body of the pack is 3.4 Cuben, dyed gray.Mar 10, 2012 at 8:01 am #1851591
@climberslackerLocale: Your guess is as good as mine.
Beautiful pack.Mar 10, 2012 at 8:14 am #1851597
I'll take it on a 2-day trip next weekend, if I get it by then, and post comments and more photos. By the way, i had it made with the option of carrying an empty bear can vertically on the back of the pack:Mar 10, 2012 at 8:54 am #1851610
nmMar 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm #1851717
Yes, I think the bottom is Spectra (I let Dan decide on exact specs). I don't think the back is, though. I'm sure Dan thought of this and provided for it. I'll know more when I see the pack. I only use the bear can about 2 weeks per year, so I don't expect it to be an issue.Mar 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm #1851723Mar 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm #1851742
Below is a blue cuben McHale Bump-32.Mar 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm #1851743
That is a thing of beauty.Mar 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm #1851745Mar 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm #1851750
A nice mix of materials for sure.
From the McHale site:
"I tagged it 'MultiCuben' as well, since the kangaroo pocket, water pockets, and some other parts are Hybrid Cuben, yet the shiny Cuben is more conventional but with the heavier duty Mylar. Those shiny parts are CT5 High-Bias Cuben."Mar 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm #1851809
Hybrid Cuben Brown/Grey Bump-32Mar 11, 2012 at 12:07 am #1851888
@traumaheadLocale: Cen Cal
What are the side loops on the top lid used for?Mar 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm #1852174
@piddlerLocale: West Virginia
Isn't she hot! The blue Bump is mine. Dan sent me two fabric samples and I liked both of them. There is a description of the fabrics used in Dan's Letter on his web site.
Can't wait to hit the trail with it.Mar 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm #1852221
Great to see the BPL McHale pack users growing in number.Mar 11, 2012 at 7:33 pm #1852224
It's torture.Mar 12, 2012 at 4:30 am #1852359
@asciibaronLocale: Mid Atlantic
"What are the side loops on the top lid used for?"
the top lid turns into a fanny pack.
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