Made another

Discussion in 'DIY & MYOG' started by theoctagon, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    A few little bits to tidy up but pretty much finished, wanted to make something with a little more load carrying capability, slightly larger capacity, and try a few different features


    Hip belt, load lifters, bigger side pockets


    Black/black Dyneema Gridstop for the body, Dyneema X Gridstop straps, side pockets, belt, 500d cordura back panel. Dyneema mesh shoulder straps and main pocket.


    Y top strap, side straps, sternum strap, frame stays, frame sheet, and 3mm back pad are all removable

    Haven’t weighed it yet but pretty happy with it. Might be my pack for this years Swedish wander :)
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2019
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  2. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    Where is it you live again, & what kinda security do you have? :angelic:
  3. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Looks very nice
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  4. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I like that :thumbsup:
    What capacity is it?
  5. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Very neat
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  6. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    Very very nice :)
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  7. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Your packs are always beautiful but I don’t understand why the front pocket is flat and not pleated. Doesn’t that make it hard to squash stuff in there or is the mesh tough but very stretchy?
  8. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Very nice indeed :drool:
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  9. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    ohhhh very nice indeed.... it’s about time you went into production :)
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  10. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Very nice! So that's where all the Black/black Dyneema Gridstop went, it flew right off the shelf at Extremtextil (but not before I ordered some myself). That Dyneema mesh looks good too.

    Did he mention taking just the one bag to Norway some time in the future? :whistling:
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  11. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Oops, about 50L :)

    I wouldn't say it's very stretchy but there's enough give in it to be usable. For example the front pocket on this one will take an X-mid, pegs, spoon, FAK and poop kit with a small amount of room to spare
  12. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Is that the dyneema mesh? Where is it from? I’m using extreme textiles honeycomb mesh and it’s not at all stretchy. Wouldn’t fit an xmid in mine.
  13. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Like a morning sunrise.... To behold :thumbsup:
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  14. jack4allfriends

    jack4allfriends Backpacker

    What should I say.. :drool::drowning:
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  15. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I use the heavier extex mesh and love it. As you say 3d shape or pleating needed but you'll never rip it and stuff dries very quick. Used it on my sturdy pack and can easily fit 5kg tub of rice in there.
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  16. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    [QUOTE="Enzo, post: 129025, member: 843] can easily fit 5kg tub of rice in there.[/QUOTE]

    Thank god. I was wondering where I’d put my 5kg tub of rice.
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  17. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    Thought about starting up a dodgy website with deals on fabric to see If I could get his add, but thought, naw that's not going to work.
    So now am scanning satellite images of the UK for a house with a roll top roof.
  18. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    That looks a very polished example. :thumbsup:

    The wedge shape looks just right.

    No padding in the hip belt back panel except spacer mesh? No chest strap?

    I like the side tensioner idea...automatic load compression and keeps long things strapped in. :)
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  19. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Yeah just the 3d mesh at the back of the hip belt, wasn’t sure which way to go with the belt for a long time and this seemed to be a good all round solution for this one.

    I’m not entirely sure how much I’ll use the pack with the hdpe sheet in situ never mind the stays so I didn’t want a thick lumbar bump. My MLDs have always carried well for me with simple wings so I suspect/hope this should do the same.

    If/when I make something like this again I’ll probably go with a bigger more padded belt and proper integrated frame etc

    Time will tell if I got this one right!
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  20. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    so how does it carry with weight in then ?
  21. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    It didn’t fall apart with 32kg in it so it’s off to a good start :thumbsup:
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  22. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    wow that some load
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  23. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    It was hot so I only lasted 3km before I decided it had passed the don’t fall apart test :)
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2019
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