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Chili Pepper Version 2.0
6 month update: Luke, how did you know? I *did* end up making another pack entirely (a canyoneering pack, a bit heavy for BPL) and then I took the Chili Pepper apart, made a lot of changes and ...

In Make Your Own Gear » First MYOG Pack - The Chili Pepper
August 24, 8:54am

Topeak Explorer
For what it's worth I like the Topeak Explorer Disc version and I've taken it on some bikepacking trips on singletrack. The one thing I would suggest with any rack is not to use the stan...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Rear rack choice
August 22, 9:49pm

Light but replaceable?
As Jim mentioned, there's always the option of going with the light+waterproof+cheap option of polycro, *if* you could figure out a good way to make it replaceable. Tape works great for repair...

In Make Your Own Gear » Optimum Tent Floor Material with or without groundsheet.
May 29, 8:10am

Hand Paddle
Wow, what an amazing trip. I'm mostly curious about those hand paddles. Are they MYOG? Looks like a great idea.

In Editor's Roundtable » Rambling the High Sierra
May 27, 9:53pm

Sew first, then cut
So I'm not sure if this will work for your design. But whenever possible, I do my zippers by sewing them onto a flat piece of fabric (before it's included in the design). I sew the zipper...

In Make Your Own Gear » Adding a zipper on bivy
May 25, 7:18pm

Irony
In a curious twist of fate, I am now laying out cat curves for a mid and was just thinking "I should really get some knee pads for this! Oh." I should think a bit more about the order i...

In Make Your Own Gear » Very high density foam sourcing
May 24, 2:49pm

Success!
So I found my solution! I looked at water noodles (too squishy) and pipe insulation (also too squishy). So I grabbed a piece of pipe insulation and asked one of the ladies at Home Depot if she kn...

In Make Your Own Gear » Very high density foam sourcing
May 24, 1:33pm

Quest
Quest Outfitters has Xpac now: http://questoutfitters.com/coated.html#X-PAC

In Make Your Own Gear » Other sources for Dim. Polyant fabrics?
May 22, 9:19pm

Water noodle
Sounds like the water noodle might be the ticket . . . we'll see. The curvature of the noodle would work just fine since they're pressed against round bars anyway. I'll have to check ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Very high density foam sourcing
May 22, 7:19pm

Contact Cement
I'd imagine that contact cement would do fine. But you would have *zero* margin for error - if you stuck a piece to itself by accident you would never get it apart. If I were to do that I w...

In Make Your Own Gear » Possible to use adhesive on "Polycryo"?
May 21, 9:05am

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