Feb 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm #1298853
Chris Zimmer finished my custom ordered hip pack today. I designed and sketched it myself, including measurements, and used input from his vast gear-making experience to figure out where to use certain thicknesses of fabric, what size zipper to use, and how to attach the webbing belt.
The finished project is all Dyneema D40 (similar to DX40, without the black X ply yarn). It's designed to be worn while wearing a backpack, in the front or back, and the zipper is positioned to be easy to open behind my back while cycling.
I'll be using it primarily to hold frequently used items while cycling. I brush my teeth, apply sunscreen and lip balm, check my GPS, check my compass, adjust my helmet, tie bandannas, and eat meals while pedaling. I usually do this with my hands off the handlebars, so I can cover miles while doing basic stuff. Because of that, I need access to several items easily, without having to reach forward into a handlebar bag. I've used this system for thousands of miles, but in the process, i tore through or wore out 4 hip packs from TNF, Inov-8, and Patagonia.
This pack is overbuilt, with double Dyneema on the bottom and sides. It's 12" by 3" by 4", so almost 2.5l. Total weight: 4.5oz
While backpacking, it'll hold stuff that might rip a hipbelt pocket like a titanium spork and a small leatherman, and it'll hold small camera stuff like my lens cap. I'll also store stuff that I don't want to get too wet, like my phone and headlamp.
Without further ado, the pictures!
I want to thank Chris Zimmer for his hard work. I look forward to getting my first custom pack from him, since he was so easy to work with. I also want to thank the BPL forum for connecting me!
I'll post some reviews of it here when I use it, but I doubt anyone will be surprised. Zimmerbuilt's reputation speaks for itself.Feb 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm #1950855
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
I like the idea of using this while on the bike. A small stretch pocket on the front or one of the sides would have been a nice addition for stuffing spent gel wrappers, trash, etc. without having to zip and unzip. Zipping is easy enough though, assuming the pack doesn't spin around your waist.
Chris Z. has the skills.Feb 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm #1950862
I have a trash holder in a bag on my top tube, so I didn't think of it. Someone could add one pretty easily on the sides, or even the bottom if the bungee was tight.
I forgot to mention, not shown: there's a slightly large stretch pocket on the inside to keep a bike tool secure so it doesn't break sunglasses, and a thin pocket to keep a passport and an ID. The front zip pocket is also flat.
Also, +1 on Fresh. I have a pretty unique style, and I'm trying to decide if I want to wear this out to the bar with the right vintage T-shirt and shades…Feb 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm #1950863
"…I'm trying to decide if I want to wear this out to the bar with the right vintage T-shirt and shades…"
Hey, if it works for the Hulkster…Feb 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm #1950864
Thanks, brother!Feb 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm #1950882
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Nice pack Max. I just got a Pearl Izumi convertable flourescent biking jacket so I am with you on wanting to be seen, especially by rednecks in pickups with wide West Coast mirrors.
BTW, Does your fanny pack have waterproof zippers?
(If you wear it to a bar be sure to NOT sling ot over your shoulder like a "European men's bag". ;O) Then it would look like you were "accessorizing".Feb 4, 2013 at 7:46 pm #1950883
Man, gotta get some those hiking shorts to match my new shoes!Feb 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm #1950884
Yes, those zippers are waterproof. After I take a look at the seams, I'll decide if they look roadsplash-worthy. If not, I'll use some seam sealer. Dyneema D40 is waterproof, for those who don't know (I didn't know last week).
As for the shoulder part, now that the idea has been planted in my brain it's only a matter of a BAC threshold before I do it at the bar. Thanks for nothing!!!Feb 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm #1950886
Last Night's super bowl party outfit:
Slim clay-colored canvas pants
Vibram 5-fingers. Why do the women look away?!Feb 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm #1950889
Well, Eugene warned you about those shoes…
:)Feb 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm #1950892
I'm going to start including the level of day-to-day incorporation into all my gear reviews.
"The Vibram FF fit great and made my feet feel awesome, but they scored 0/10 points with Cara. Morgan, however, hikes and found them to be excellent."
"The C.A.M.P. Men's ED Slim jacket is a great weight to warmth item, but the number of potential suitors made it unwearable in most german techno clubs."Feb 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm #1950895
"Why do the women look away?!"
It's the 'stache, dude. Sorry to be the one to break the news to you…..Feb 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm #1950896
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Max, I was totally unaware that there was a prescription jacket for men suffering from ED. Is it to be worn to bed as well? ;o)
(So… if you wear the CAMP Men's ED jacket AND your fanny pack on your shoulder are you saying you would get even more unwanted attention?) Jus' sayin'Feb 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm #1950898
In Western MA, the stache is actually a plus. It's a rare, isolated environment. My profile pic has a story:
At the beginning of the 2012 cycling tour, I neglected to get a buzz cut, which I really wanted to keep from getting hot. Night #1, we biked 60 miles from North Adams to Amherst, MA and camped in my buddy's front lawn. The next day, our mutual friend gave me a buzz cut.
"Let's give you a Road Warrior mohawk!"
It didn't work, so we buzzed it off.
"How about a road warrior beard trim!"
We took out a 2-inch rectangle underneath my lower lip, so I had mutton chops connected to a stache. I wore it for about 150 miles, but I ditched the chops in Hull, MA because we were attending a huge family gathering and I knew I'd hear about it for a decade. The Freddy Mercury stache lasted the rest of the tour.
That picture there is from about Day 22, so there's like 16 days of beard. I've since kept the look…Feb 4, 2013 at 8:14 pm #1950900
I will test this in the field and report back in exhaustive detail.Feb 4, 2013 at 8:14 pm #1950901
Trust Doug. He's the women look away expert.Feb 4, 2013 at 8:17 pm #1950902
"It's the 'stache, dude. Sorry to be the one to break the news to you….."
Never trust anyone with facial hair.Feb 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm #1951159
@ken_bennettLocale: southeastern usa
"Vibram 5-fingers. Why do the women look away?!"Feb 5, 2013 at 6:46 pm #1951201
Hahaha. Nice!Feb 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm #1951868
The pack is great. Very precise craftsmanship. I've used it out on the bike, and it doesn't move around at all. I'm thrilled! It doesn't look like I'll need to seam seal it, but I know I have the option to.
Some design stuff that I kind of want to add now that it's in front of me; a little bit of thin padding around the back for structure and comfort, and a little larger of a passport pocket. In case someone else is looking to pick one up at some point.
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