- Mar 3, 2018 at 12:41 am #3521965
Details in the following post.Mar 3, 2018 at 12:42 am #3521966
This is my third and most well-featured MYOG backpack. It’s similar in size and weight to an MLD Burn, but with additional features. See lower for details and see the bottom of the post for more photos.
As an ultralight style backpack, it is best suited to either on-trail or moderate off-trail trips and should be used with reasonable care. Best used with base weights between 6 to 12 lbs, or total pack weights between 12 – 20 lbs, depending on your preferences. A separate backpack liner is highly recommended if any moisture is anticipated because while the fabric is waterproof, the seams are not taped or sealed.
- Tapered and curved side panels, to conform snugly to your back and move the load closer to your body.
- 3” wide, S-shaped shoulder straps with long daisy chain and top loops for accessories or improvising load lifter straps if desired.
- Three adjustable torso lengths of 17.5″, 19” or 20.5″, measured from the bottom of the shoulder strap where it attaches to the backpack to the center of the hip belt attachment loop. Backpack sizing varies from person to person, but this range of torso lengths would be considered a “medium” by most people.
- Removable ¾ hip belt and sternum strap.
- Large side pockets fit two Smartwater bottles side by side and are deep enough for the tall 1L Smartwater bottles. Pocket rims have sturdy, adjustable and removable 1/8” shock chords – open the rims wide for easy access, or tighten them down to protect items from escaping. Pockets are slanted for easier access while hiking, flat-bottomed (with drain holes) for maximum volume and solid-fabric to prevent snagging by trailside vegetation.
- Large front pocket measures 10” wide by 12.5” tall, with pleated bottom (with drain hole) to increase volume. The pocket rim has sturdy, adjustable and removable 1/8” shock chord and an attachment loop to secure to the pack’s front panel if desired.
- Extension collar with dry-bag style roll-top closure, tapered with wider opening for easy packing, unpacking and viewing of pack contents. The collar secures with two evenly spaced snaps in the middle, plus Linloc-3 male adjustable side-release buckles at each side.
- Compression chords on both side panels. The top of each chord has female Linlocs to cinch down the extension collar. The bottom of each chord has a mitten hook that can slip through the side panel attachment loops. This allows the chords to be quickly clipped to or passed through any of the loops in many different configurations, or completely removed or replaced.
- 10 attachment loops on the side panels, each fitted with easy-glide rings for volume compression. The lowest side panel loop is inside the side pockets, to allow full pack compression from bottom to top.
- 7 additional attachment points on the pack’s front and two on the back panel above the shoulder straps. Can be used for improvising a bungee system, load lifter straps or an over-the-top strap if desired. Includes an ice axe loop large enough to accommodate tools with large adzes and axe protectors.
- Removable and adjustable sit pad retention chord made with low-profile 3/32” shock chord. The chord attaches to the backpack with 7 separate low-profile loops around the perimeter of the back panel. Best for sit pads or folded sleep pads no more than 10” wide. Chord may be configured to wrap around the bottom of the pad or not, to either secure the pad from slipping downward, or to allow room for taller pads or lower pad positions if desired. The bottom-most loops are adjacent to the hip belt attachment points and can be used to secure aftermarket hip belt pockets if desired.
- Light-colored interior for easy viewing of pack contents. Neutral exterior colors to reduce attracting bees and other insects.
Main panels and roll-top: X-pac X-21 RC, Colors: “cloud grey” and black.
Bottom: X-pac VX-21 for added durability.
Front pocket: X-21 RC bottom and top rim for protection, with 5 oz Lycra mesh in the middle.
Shoulder straps: 3mm 3-D spacer mesh undersides, X-21 RC fronts, and 3/16” closed cell foam cores.
Backpack with removable side compression straps: 12.3 oz
Removable hip belt: 1.0 oz
Removable sternum strap: 0.7 oz
Removable pad retention strap: 0.3 oz
Total combined weight: 14.3 oz
Main body: 24L
Roll-top: 4.4 L
Side pockets: 3.2L x 2 = 6.4L
Front pocket: 4.1L
Total combined volume: 39L
Main Body Dimensions:
Thickness: 5.5” average
Backpack, plus removable hip belt, sternum strap, side compression chords (2) and back panel pad retention shock chord.
$135 shipped CONUS, PayPal only please.
Side detail, showing contoured or curved side panels directing the load close to the upper back. Quick-detach side compression strap clipped low on the pack (inside the side pocket) for maximum compression.
Flat, high volume side pockets and reinforced bottom fabric.
Adjustable hip belt attachment loops (bottom 21.5″ attachment loop not shown in this photo).
Pad straps can be configured in multiple ways or removed.
Side compression straps can be configured in multiple ways or removed.Mar 3, 2018 at 12:58 am #3521975
Andrew StevensBPL Member
I like your work and attention to detail. Did you hot knife the drainage hole at the bottom of your pack?Mar 3, 2018 at 1:09 am #3521979
Thanks Andrew. The drain hole on the back panel is was made by cutting a very narrow triangle beyond the seam allowance, rolling both edges over and sewing down to finish both edges, and a small reinforcement bar tack a few mm beyond the apex of the triangle to prevent potential tear out. This is the same method used by KS Ultralight on some of their packs.Mar 3, 2018 at 3:43 am #3521999
Nick BBPL Member
Excellent work, sir! And 2 thumbs way up for your exceptional presentation.Mar 3, 2018 at 1:22 pm #3522024
Adam KramerBPL Member
@rbeardLocale: ATL, Southern Appalachia
Great looking pack. Les is Moore!!Mar 5, 2018 at 6:50 pm #3522501
Nathan MeyersonBPL Member
This is beautiful, Lester!
Looks like a ZPacks Nero but built to last.
The durability of X21RC is absolutely worth the increased weight over hybrid DCF.
Looks to be more feature rich and thought as well.
That bathtub bottom lacking a second front facing seam is neat.
Really dig the kamsnap attachment for the sternum strap.
Someone should snatch this up!Mar 5, 2018 at 8:15 pm #3522512
Thanks Nathan – it was a lot of fun to make this pack. There are definitely a lot of features that add an ounce or two overall, but allow lots of options with this pack. For this pack I also added occasional use of a TEX 75 thread for short, high-stress areas of all the main seams in addition to the TEX 40 used for the majority of the seams.
The snaps seem to have plenty of holding power for a sternum strap, especially two in-line. I like the bathtub rounded bottom more for aesthetics, but it also helps avoid collapsed bottom corners on the pack (because it’s hard to compress gear into the bottom corners sometimes).
Looking forward to making some different kinds of packs in the future (framed, fast pack, etc) once I’m able to order more materials.Mar 8, 2018 at 9:48 pm #3523244
FYI, this pack now has three adjustable torso lengths: 17.5″, 19″, and 21.5″. Another set of hip belt attachment loops at 12.5″ was added to expand the sizing options for this pack. Please note that the photo above showing the loops was taken before the third set of loops were attached.Mar 10, 2018 at 8:27 pm #3523602
Price reduced – $125 shipped CONUS, PayPal.Mar 10, 2018 at 10:27 pm #3523621
Andrew StevensBPL Member
Lester, I would buy your pack for that price if I hadn’t made myself too many. It looks like a steal at that price. Good luck in selling.Mar 10, 2018 at 11:20 pm #3523632
Jacob MBPL Member
@jacobmcdonald87Locale: White Mountains
Really surprised this hasn’t sold.Mar 11, 2018 at 12:49 am #3523644
Thanks Andrew and Jacob. There are a few subtle yet unconventional features on this pack which although I prefer, have generated some constructive and useful criticism:
- The tallness and slenderness of this pack helps focus the weight closer to the line of the spine, yet people are more accustomed to thicker, shorter (plumper) pack designs.
- The hip belt attachment with three variable torso lengths, while useful and comfortably on by back, is uncommon. There has been some concern about it’s comfort compared to traditional designs.
- While this pack has plenty of room for my gear and a week’s food, the main compartment volume of 23L is perhaps a little on the low side for a mid-weight UL pack. Packs in this volume range (low-20-ish liters) generally have lighter fabrics and fewer features aimed at the SUL pack category. A hiker with bulkier gear, or a hiker pushing above the lower end of LW, may want 25 – 30 L in the main compartment.
- There was also some concern about the accessibility of water bottles from the side pockets while wearing the pack. With some stretching and contorting I can retrieve and replace a bottle from the side pockets, but a more aggressive angle on the pocket rims would ease accessibility. It’s always a fine line between securing the contents versus accessibility, especially for such a high volume pocket (which I like).
I’m happy to keep this pack for myself as it’s more comfortable and more usefully featured than my MLD Burn (for my tastes). However, selling it would allow a more speedy replenishment of fabric and hardware to make more packs :-)Mar 11, 2018 at 12:53 pm #3523699
Adam KilpatrickBPL Member
@oystersLocale: South Australia
Wow! Your skills are awesome Lester! :-)
I can’t believe that’s only your third MYOG pack…Mar 11, 2018 at 8:03 pm #3523777
M. Scott MBPL Member
Is it 24″ tall rolled all the way down, or rolled as it looks in the photo? i’m wondering if i could possibly use it on a plane as a carry on if need be.
Thanks!Mar 11, 2018 at 11:30 pm #3523843
Scott – It’s 23″ from the very bottom of the pack (fully stuffed) to the top of the shoulder straps, which is the shortest place to roll the top collar closed and still wear the pack on your back. However, if not completely stuffed at the bottom, then the minimum wearable height is more like 21″ because the rounded bottom tends to fold into itself unless you fully stuff the bottom of the pack.
Adam – thanks for the feedback. MYOG’s a lot of fun and I hope to make more packs before I take a break for the summer months.Mar 12, 2018 at 2:43 pm #3523982
Will FaisonBPL Member
PM sent :)Mar 13, 2018 at 7:15 pm #3524259
SoldMar 17, 2018 at 3:18 am #3525096
Lance HBPL Member
great pack Lester. Very impressed with your seams on this being your third pack. Are those French seams on the sides and roll top? The fact that you are doing this with your singer 4423 is even more impressive. I have the 4423 and was struggling with getting tension consistently right so I picked up a 1951 401a that I use now. The 4423 is for backup duty now :-)Mar 17, 2018 at 5:23 am #3525106
Thanks Lance. Straight seams are not too difficult, so long as you go slow and use the correct presser foot (zipper foot works great for bulges caused by webbing loops sewn into the seam). Taping all the fabric together at the edge of the seam allowance with masking tape helps as well.
The real challenge is the flat-felled seams on the front panel (not French) – the second top stitch was challenging given the need to constantly pull the fabrics right and left away from the seam to prevent puckering – those are the only seams with some waviness to them.
It would be interesting to test drive some different sewing machines – and I do have an eye on Craigslist for an older but functional Singer, but don’t see them around here much.
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