MYOG – more than just a means to an end

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    Mikaela M
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    Companion forum thread to: MYOG – more than just a means to an end

    When I realized that I could drastically reduce my pack weight by switching to ultralight gear, I was so excited… But then I saw the prices! Armed wit

    Monte Masterson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern Indiana

    I’m not sure how much you really save with MYOG because if you’re like me it takes 2 or 3 tries to get something right. What I appreciate about DIY is being able to customize something to just the size, shape and materials I want. And perhaps more importantly MYOG is good therapy. I can get lost in a project for days and just forget about all the worries of the world.

    Mikaela M
    BPL Member


    Haha, yes – I could see how it would end up being just as expensive! For most things, I made prototypes out of cheap thrift store fabric, which really helped to get the first “good” versions pretty close to what I wanted. I completely agree on the joy of getting lost in a project though!

    Jerry Adams
    BPL Member


    Locale: Oregon and Washington

    Yeah, same here, I probably don’t save that much money.

    But I do get exactly what I want.

    I do many prototypes, which ends up costing a bunch, but a lot of people buy many finished products which costs a lot more.  I suppose they can sell the out of favor products.

    The main thing is I enjoy the projects like Mikaela and Monty.  I don’t think MYOG makes sense if you don’t enjoy it.

    Stuart S


    Yes, making your own gear is rewarding. Passing through a number of prototypes or ending up after much frustration with a successful completion.

    I’ve completed a 4.7 ounce diamond shaped tent, 5 ft x 9 ft x 3.5 ft high of Dyneema material. The only negative is it’s high cost about $215 in materials. It sits in the palm of my hand.

    As well, heat reflective clothing for Winter with 6 salient values: breathable, heat reflective, wind resistant, water repellant with wet-out to 5 hrs plus/minus, ultra compressible and ultra lightweight.
    I’ve made anoraks, shoulder cloaks, beanies, mittens, socks for sleeping and leg gators. The anorak weighs in at 5.26 ounces, while one of the shoulder cloaks weighs in at 2.02 ounces and another shoulder cloak weighs in at 1.8 ounces, but it doesn’t include a full hood with zipper, it’s a zip turtleneck shoulder cloak permitting a full range of head wear.

    Beyond those innovations, I’ve made an 8 component survival device adhered to a 2 in x 3 in substrate comprised of a retractable whistle, a modified Silva compass adhered to the top of a container w/ water purification tablets, a removable 650 lumen flashlight with hand lanyard, another container w/ tinder for 12 to 14 fires, a ferrocerium rod, a diamond hook & knife sharpener. The eighth item is the substrate itself, a survival mirror. Additionally, I’ve modified a trowel by removing it’s handle and cutting a slit in it for third & fourth fingers. The butt end rests in the palm of my hand. My pinky & index fingers sit on the back side of the trowel while my thumb rests on the inside of the trowel. It is far better than using a handled trowel because of the stress applied to the wrist vs the palm of the hand. Additionally lighter in weight and volume. I’ve also made an Esbit perforated titanium stove that sits in the bottom of my pot weighing 1.1 ounce. An Esbit stove weighs 3.2 ounces and couldn’t fit in my pot.

    I have two patented packs that eliminate 5 to 8 bio-mechanical inefficiencies of the backpack. One is for hiking and the other is for running while the running pack stores all I require for a day hike and potentially beyond weighing 4.9 ounces, made of 1.9 ounce pack cloth and access to the majority of my gear without taking off my pack and on the go hydration.


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    That’s exactly how I started making my own stuff. Absolutely broke. I haven’t reached the point (yet) where it’s NOT saving me $100’s, but I just started on a pack, so that might change. It’s a scary, ambitious project! The quilts were much easier – I just finished a 40* TQ and UQ that weigh around 11oz and 7oz, respectively. The set cost me $220 to make, as opposed to $500 or so to buy.

    The DCF tarp is one piece of gear I happily bought. The $40-$50 I could’ve saved wasn’t worth the risk of screwing it up. I guess I’d enjoy MYOG more if I didn’t have that constant fear of making something unusable. It’s only happened once, thankfully, and only cost me $40 in fabric.

    Customization was a pleasant perk. Being 5’5 1/2, I can make gear for my size, with the features I use. Saves a ton of weight.

    It’s also made me more knowledgeable about gear, in general, as well as the different materials used. Not only can I make a more informed decision about the materials I use, but I can make better decisions when purchasing gear and clothing that’s already made.

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