MYOG pack; the 'Tardis'

Discussion in 'DIY & MYOG' started by Teepee, May 17, 2018.

  1. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    My latest pack/mouse food fresh off the sewing machine, in the world's greatest colour.

    35-45l + 35 mesh.

    The brief; a fully featured pack for 3 seasons and up to 20kg at a push. Enough capacity to cope with summit camping with large water loads, multiday food load out, that will also carry akin to a 35 litre much smaller pack when the food load and packing regime change as the trip goes on. Plenty of mesh space for shelter, camp footwear, wet kit, poles, CCF mats etc.

    [​IMG]DSCF4084 by turnerminator, on Flickr

    This one is a big departure from the usualy packs I've been making lately and a follow on from one I made a few years ago( from 'scraps' that turned out to carry very well and swallow a huge amount of gear for it's size....a good friend christened it a "Tardis" and the name has stuck.

    To ensure it lives up to it's name, it does this;

    [​IMG]DSCF4073 by turnerminator, on Flickr

    It's full of mods that need testing out with tweaks to existing strap shapes, change of frame, new fabric choice, load lifters, foam sit pad attachment, changed bungee positioning, new hipbelt shape.

    Mods incorporated;

    Acetal frame (Delrin)

    [​IMG]DSCF4049 by turnerminator, on Flickr

    Tweaked strap shape, highly flared collar.
    [​IMG]DSCF4047 - Copy by turnerminator, on Flickr

    Trying out a minimal shock cord pad attachment than also protects the bottom of the pack when stood on the ground;

    [​IMG]DSCF4048 by turnerminator, on Flickr

    Copying my winter pack pocket arrangement that works so well; split one side, full length the other, full length front pocket.

    [​IMG]DSCF4086 by turnerminator, on Flickr

    Load lifters sewn onto Y-straps;

    [​IMG]DSCF4080 by turnerminator, on Flickr

    110 D Silnylon, double layer back and bottom;

    [​IMG]DSCF4066 by turnerminator, on Flickr

    Easy access cinch cord closure on collar, just like the original Mariposa;

    [​IMG]DSCF4084 by turnerminator, on Flickr

    Shaped to exactly follow curve of spine for comfort and load transfer.

    [​IMG]DSCF4071 by turnerminator, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSCF4067 by turnerminator, on Flickr

    623g fully kitted (removable pad, hipbelt, frame, shock cord.

    And now to the hills, to test it and get it eaten by a mouse. :)

    Thanks for looking. :)
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  2. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Looks great Pete. I wont need a gps to follow your progress on the Kentmere round. Naked eye will do :D
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  3. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    Very nice indeed. :)
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  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Man that's hideous; well done
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  5. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I like the thinking outside the box with the pad running under the bottom.
    Could be nice in a different coulour :tongue:
  6. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    No problems if you ever need to call in SAR. :D

    Nice pack. :)
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  7. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Cracking job again mate

    Shades now on the packing list for next week :cool:
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  8. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    I suggest shades to avoid retina burn. :)

    It's all your fault. :)

    He shoots, he scores. :smug: Colour choices inspired by your profile pic....and this piece of iconic Paramo design. [​IMG]

    Yep. :dude:

    [​IMG]DSCF4088 by turnerminator, on Flickr
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  9. suggdozer

    suggdozer Section Hiker

    Another great great job Pete !
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  10. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

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  11. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    You need a pack cover:

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  12. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    ..or a match
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  13. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    D of E'ers always impress me with those.
  14. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    I bought two :D
  15. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

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  16. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Holy mother of mesh!

    Great work as usual sir :)

    I seem to have been drawn to the bright side and have just cut all the panels for an Orange pack :rolleyes:
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  17. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

  18. Foxster

    Foxster Trail Blazer

    Harley Davidson orange?
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  19. slovhike

    slovhike Section Hiker

    @Teepee I am sucker for Orange. WELL done on that ruck. It shows easily how much thought and tinkering went into it. The sholder strap almost 365° 3D mesh looks great...
    The triangles are peak for Orange pyramid tarp :biggrin:

    Is the CCF foam on the pic same in the shoulder straps?
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  20. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    I do like the colour... Oh - and a nice pack too :)
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  21. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    @Foxster Yes, a bright red-orange, Harley orange is accurate.

    Glad you like it Slov. :biggrin: Yes, peaks for a new mid, I'm goign to spend the rest of the day swearing at flat-felled seams and lack of table space. :muted:

    Different foam...the shoulder straps are proper Eva-zote so they hold up long term. 10mm EV30 as it goes, I quite like it; a bit softer than EV50 and harder to feed in but it's comfy and lasts well.
    The red ribbed foam is Lidl-zote. :) I'm hoping it keeps my back dry like the dimpled foam does and ribbed spacer mesh packs. I suspect it won't thought as it squashes flat in use and I'll have to go back to dimpled.
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  22. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Whoa :cool: that's a lot of orange!! It's horrendous, I love it!!

    110D sil...homebrew?
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  23. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker


    I thought you would, you have good taste.

    No homebrew, it's an Extrem brew, had it a while now. It'll be interesting to find out how it lasts compared to VX. It's pushing things for the straps but it'll be a good test.
  24. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Ah, nice. Found it now. I've only ever found up to 70d sil prior to now. I'll have to order some to play with.

    My rationale says it will be fine for straps, hopefully. I'm using a 200D pu nylon with no issues... weaker pu but higher D vs lower D but stronger sil coating so there won't be a massive difference. Might get minor stitch hole elongation?

    But then again my packs don't have a much mesh for @Shewie to put pine cones, stones, branches, badger poo etc. so I probably won't carry as much weight as you, absolute max 12kg.
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  25. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Maybe..... I have noticed it cuts relatively easily, looks like a sharp rock could make a nice gash. Reminds me of ballistic Nylon, once it goes it goes. I suppose though, I must be wrong; it's not a desirable quality for a hot air ballon. :)

    It's a nice cloth and very well made. It feels well up to the job. The edges are trimmed, there's no face, it's proper 6/6 Nylon and faultless. I can't even find any faults on some seconds I''ve got. Certainly, I'm much more confident in the stength of this than VX03 and it's only 90gsm for the sil compared to the 140gsm.
    For years now, I've been randomly looking for some 150-200d sil Cordura, I think it would make a great packcloth.

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