The "what have you made today" thread

Discussion in 'DIY & MYOG' started by Gadget, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

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  2. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I second that!
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  3. Pala2

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  4. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    In action. Testing time.
    Just slipped it on to keep warm.
    8 degrees, very humid-it's just after rain, light breeze.
    I've a nice wet Pulse hoody back from my rucksack after my run/walk to this point. My back's drying nicely under the jacket after a few minutes and it's cuppa and bikkie time.

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  5. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Isn't argon 90 the stuff that most closely approaches the magic 300mm HH/30 cuft spec for windshirts discussed on bpl?
    Seriously, there would be a good market there, the only guy who was making them I heard succumbed to addiction.
  6. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Yes, it was sad about Luke. I had some good stuff from him before his troubles.
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  7. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    You have to be a shorts wearer I reckon to get the full benefit and so many are skeptical something so light can be just so brilliant. Both static and active. But I'd be a bit more cautious recommending it in the (very) cold, out wilderness walking. You wouldn't want your stuff to fail out the back of woop woop in the scrub, but for most people out walking, most of the time, it's alright I think.
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  8. Toby

    Toby Backpacker

    Did you find a retailer in EU selling Argon90?:eek: Been looking for that and the right Alpha Direct for a while!
  9. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    @Cranston is in Australia, I believe.
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  10. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

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  11. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    Lets see how the TPU laminate will hold
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  12. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Perhaps not the sexiest bit of MYOG but after a dozen trips this year using this it's proven very practical.....the TOTE.
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    Holds the complete 'kitchen'......a weeks' supplies + pot & cup......at 17cm * 30cm * 30cm high is just drops into the top of the pack. I originally was going to chop up a 'bag for life' but found that the roofing membrane I had around was a lighter fabric.......50g.

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  13. Meadows

    Meadows Section Hiker

    They look great. What template did you use?
  14. Meadows

    Meadows Section Hiker

    Lots of great looking gear being made by folk here.
    In the meantime you can marvel at my new pole bag, ripstop poly kite fabric, double layer at the bottom, 7g.
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  15. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    I drafted my own.
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  16. MikeinDorset

    MikeinDorset Ultralighter

    A brown tarp for hiding under (responsibly) in places I possibly shouldn't be camping, during a long walk around Dorset that I have planned for next year.
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    It's made of this 20D silpoly from EA. It's 3.4m x 1.4m. I want the longer length so I can properly fit under it when pitching it with a single pole. I vaguely remember someone on this forum once saying that was a better length.

    It has 12 side and corner tie-outs which have line-locs on, and 3 mid-panel tie-outs with thin bungee on. It weighs 249g in its stuff sack. That includes the line-locs but not any line. I'm quite surprised it came in so light.

    I made a few mistakes, but nothing terminal. I cut the edge reinforcements with the ripstop grain the wrong way, so they won't be as strong as they should be. The corners are correct, though, and they will take the most load. One line-loc is upside down, but that's OK.

    It's for hiding under in Dorset woods and heathland, not for on howling mountain-tops. (At least not at first...) I'll be using the mid-panel tie-outs extremely gingerly, so don't go expecting any drum-taut pitch porn from me! I'll post a pitch photo when I get a chance to pop it up.
  17. MikeinDorset

    MikeinDorset Ultralighter

    I can see a thread poking out in the photo, I'll have to find that...
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  18. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Nice.

    It'll take pitching taut and weather. It's similar fabric (if not the same) to what Trekkertent and Tipik use(1.1oz Silpoly).
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  19. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Looking forward to see it up Mike. I wonder if that's the same as the Xenon 1.1 Silpoly? I have some samples of the Xenon 1.1 -it's tough to tear if you have a hole. I think Mikes might be a tad tougher than the 1.1 Silpoly at 42 odd gms/m?
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  20. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Can I just add onto this as I am now looking at doing something with a beak, perhaps like the Piaoulou, how this https://dutchwaregear.com/product/xenon-sil-1-1/ (it's 20D as well but a lighter weight fabric) compares to the Tipik and Trekker tent stuff?
    It's a bit 'lighter' than Mikes Silpoly, but I know it has been used for tarps etc.
    Is this the same stuff Tipik Tentes uses for their 20D? I couldn't get more information from their site, but it appears the same? Anyone know or can make an educated evaluation. It is not impossible (there's some moderate resistance) to push a chopstick through but tearing the opened hole is very difficult. The Argon 90 is the opposite-much harder to pierce, probably the 'calendaring', but with some effort you can tear the opened hole. I have access to the Dutch Xenon 1.1.
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  21. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Pretty sure they both use RBTR silpoly fabrics. Certainly, at the times I was paying close attention to either firms, the specs and colours matched what RBTR were selling.

    I reckon it's not that crucial which fabric you use though.
  22. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Ta. Which I think is this one-seems identical to the Xenon 1.1
    https://ripstopbytheroll.com/products/1-1-oz-silpoly-pu4000?variant=7945162561
  23. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

  24. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Yes, ta was just looking at my Xenon samples-both sides are the same, no shine on either.
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  25. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Nice!
    I wish they stocked the xl width stuff.

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