Hi Oliver. You are right. I havent finished any of the projects yet.
All issues with DAM design are solved. But I am thinking of getting lightest silk directly from China or Thailand, when I go there next time(for business work). So the project is postponed because of that.
For other projects I am taking my time till the ideas develop into concrete designs. Take sub-2 lb tent idea for example, the plans were going fine. But I realised that it has to be pretty small and low profile in order to balance the lenght of fabric between two poles, keep the side at steep angle and shed wind. So I wasnt satisfied with the compromise. Then Mike's comments pushed me to consider a single pole design. I digged into hex, four side pyramids, alphamid, and two pole designs. So I cant order stuff until I have a design I am satisfied with and have finish all calculations.
You might be interested in the my two pole tent (based on MSR twin sisters) drawings:
Most of the people here are hiking since many years. They started with traditional heavy weight gear and slowly replaced their gear with light wight stuff. They have have bought and sold numbers of backpacks, sleeping bags, tents and other gear - In that process they have built a suitable system for themselves. Many are now converted to UL and some are even SUL.
I started hiking about 10 months back. Fortunately I found BPL very soon. I remember how excited I was when I learned about ultralight gear. I spent a lot of time trying to deciding what gear to buy. If I had money I would have spent it. But I am college student and my parents dont think much about hiking. And hiking here doesnt require anything more then water, food and a small pack. So I decided just to keep reading and keeping myself updated.
Take a look at my Everest base camp SUL gearlist in the gearlist forum. It is a result of brainstorming and not exprimentation. I know I have to test it to find out if it will work but I am really happy how it has turned out.
MYOG ideas give me great satisfaction and allow me to customize. Eg. if I buy shangri la 2 it may not fit with my trekking pole. MYOG allows me to make a tent that will fit perfectly with my trekking pole.
The dual WPB/VB jacket project which uses propore, cordura and silnylon is also postponed till I finish my tent design so that I can buy materials for both together from quest outfitters.
But yes I can practice sewing a nylon jacket in the meanwhile.