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Brian Strong
(bmstrong) - F
Custom Pack Makers? on 02/03/2008 02:21:26 MST Print View

I'm looking for a list of custom pack makers across the internet. Mchale is the most famous, I would guess. Anyone else?

Feel free to leave a post if you make packs!

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Custom Pack Makers? on 02/03/2008 06:24:47 MST Print View

Zpacks.com might do it.

Moonbowgear.com.

Search for Rodney (cant remember last name) who makes packs too.

Ryan Faulkner
(ryanf) - F

Locale: Mid atlantic, No. Cal
Re: Re: Custom Pack Makers? on 02/03/2008 07:12:28 MST Print View

R2 packs

ron at mountain laurel designs might make one for you.

Gossamer Gear might be able to.

probably any small cottage company would be likely to help you out.

R2 packs would be your best bet tho.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
custom pack makers on 02/03/2008 10:46:46 MST Print View

http://rodneyslab.tripod.com/index.html
http://www.freewebs.com/litepacks/

Rodney's packs are generally loosely based on the GVP G4 design. Rodney is happy to customize his packs to your specifications. Haven't interacted with him, but several people who are regularly on backpacker.com forums who have used him.

http://www.r2packs.com/

See the article on this site about them

http://www.moonbowgear.com/

has several base designs including George Cole's Kiskil http://moonbowgear.com/kiskil/index.htm

http://www.mchalepacks.com/

Not purely a "custom" packmaker that lets you design everything. Dan has a number of base packs which he highly customizes for people. Then again, I am not sure that his range of options is that much smaller than a pure custom makers since there are only so make ways to make a backpack.

Edited by verber on 02/03/2008 10:47:50 MST.

Luis Ramos
(Luisramos) - F

Locale: Maryland
Custom Pack Makers? on 02/03/2008 19:30:07 MST Print View

I've got 2 McHales, and to answer your question - NO!

Kai Larson
(KaiPL) - F

Locale: Colorado
R2! on 02/05/2008 21:42:54 MST Print View

R2 packs will literally make any pack you can imagine.

http://www.r2packs.com/

They will work with you on the design, then make it for you.

I've worked with R2 and have nothing but praise for them. Helped me build a custom pack that none of the other packmakers I talked to would touch.

If you want truly unique and custom with the ability to design things yourself, R2 is the place to go.

If you want custom fit and the ability to choose accessories on a tried and true design that's been refined over years, then go with McHale.