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John Breaux
(Bowfin47) - F
Pack Cover - Help! on 06/17/2008 22:20:04 MDT Print View

The gear on this site blows me away.. I cann't help myself... I gotta' get started.

Planning my first project. I'll keep it simple.. a pack cover.

Any recommendations or materials or designs?

Thanks!

Bowfin47

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Pack Cover - Help! on 06/18/2008 17:38:29 MDT Print View

Silnylon and light bungee cord.

Cheers

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Pack Cover - Help! on 06/18/2008 21:14:35 MDT Print View

Made mine like a giant shower cap using the materials suggested by Roger. No seams except around the edge, just a giant fabric rectangle with rounded corners. Sew a casing around the edge and thread the bungee cord through and cinch it up.

Happy Trails

-Mark

Scott White
(sdwhitey) - F

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Re: Pack Cover - Help! on 06/18/2008 22:51:44 MDT Print View

Here is a fairly simple design:

http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeGearPackCoverGearHammock.html

Randall Miller
(speyguy) - F

Locale: Cascadia
Pack Cover on 06/18/2008 22:57:18 MDT Print View

Yeah, use the smallest diameter bungee/elastic cord and mini cord locks. I also use mine to hang the food. Works good for that, as you can really spread it open on the ground to see all the food at meal time.

Eric Noble
(ericnoble) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Pack Cover on 06/19/2008 09:47:17 MDT Print View

Randall, I have never used a pack cover but your post makes me consider it.

Jon Rhoderick
(hotrhoddudeguy) - F - M

Locale: New England
Re: Pack Cover on 06/19/2008 11:44:43 MDT Print View

http://www.jacksrbetter.com/index_files/Jeffs%20Gear%20Hammock-Pack%20Cover.htm these pictures could add a little clarification, and the gear hammock idea is pretty clever as well

John Breaux
(Bowfin47) - F
Thanks! on 06/19/2008 14:13:11 MDT Print View

Heading to Wally World tonight. Thanks a bunch!

Mike Dismuke
(MtnDiz) - F

Locale: "Pineland", NC
Pack Covers? on 06/23/2008 10:48:35 MDT Print View

Hey Guys:

New to the site. I'm curious, why would you prefer a pack cover to a water proof liner sack? Just from my little experience, a liner sack works much better, and can give more strength/shape to a lighter-weight pack bag. Unless you are also using it for abrasion resistance when bush-wacking, I don't see why you would use one?

Andrew Dunlap
(amd717) - F

Locale: Southwest Virginia
material on 06/23/2008 20:57:00 MDT Print View

One reason I'd prefer a cover is the material of my pack. Unless you have some water-repelling-like-material, the pack could absorb some of the water thus making it heavier. Just my experience