My first pack!
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Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
My first pack! on 01/27/2009 19:40:35 MST Print View

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.1
and one more...3

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....

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
RE:My first pack! on 01/27/2009 19:48:55 MST Print View

Great job! I'm working on my first one. Your kid looks stoked, so you know it was worth it just for that. Get sewing and have a great time.

Mark Larson
(mlarson) - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
Re: My first pack! on 01/27/2009 19:51:22 MST Print View

Wow, you did a great job with this one. But be careful that he doesn't get the myog bug, too, and start hogging your sewing machine :)


Matt Lutz
(citystuckhiker) - F

Locale: Midwest
Looks great on 01/27/2009 19:51:23 MST Print View

Looks great - that's some pretty beefy fabric you used. Any ideas on capacity?

Edited by citystuckhiker on 01/27/2009 19:52:08 MST.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Looks great on 01/27/2009 19:58:18 MST Print View

It measures 11" wide, 7" deep, and up to 26" tall with extension collar.

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: Re: Looks great on 01/27/2009 20:12:06 MST Print View

Awesome! Way to get 'em started young!