Excuse my enthusiastic, praise-seeking ramblings, but I'm rather proud of myself for finishing my first pack...stoked I don't have to call it an "attempt"!!
I needed something new for my 7 year old son; everything at REI for kids weighs nearly 3 pounds (ridiculous for the size!) and all the UL kid's packs (MLD, etc.) cost WAY too much for me to buy for 2 children when they'll be outgrown soon.
For $50 I have this pack and enough material to make two more...MYOG!!!
I went with the plans posted here from the 5 yards to SUL article, shrank them to fit, then added G4-style pockets, side compression straps, and a hip belt.
It's sewn out of 2.2 oz coated ripstop and 200 denier coated oxford (back, bottom, and strap undersides).
Everything weighs only 9 oz. finished and I still need to trim straps.
and one more...
Next job is one for my daughter, an SUL model for me, and some UL quilts for the kids.
Now he can carry my beer....