Make Your Own Ursack?
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john braun
(Hitman) - F

Locale: West Florida
Make Your Own Ursack? on 03/22/2009 21:36:33 MDT Print View

Wouldn't it be easy to make your own Ursack? What material is it made from?

Or, what REALLY strong materials would be resistant to rodents?

Edited by Hitman on 03/22/2009 21:42:36 MDT.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Make Your Own Ursack? on 03/23/2009 05:53:53 MDT Print View

There was a guy that posts here, Joe something, that had used an old airbag to make a stuff sack. He posted about it on Thru-Hiker forums, he posted it unded "air bag bear bag" i belive, and his handle is needtoboat.

I was very interested in it but it didn't seem like after making it he used it much, or at least i didn't see much as far as updates.

-Tim

Jason Turner
(headchange4u) - F
My DIY Kevlar food bag on 03/24/2009 12:54:51 MDT Print View

I made my own DIY version of the Ursack from some Kevlar sheets from a bullet proof vest. I bought the Kevlar from Ebay. I don't know if it's actually "bear-proof". I made it mainly for protection against critters, like mice and raccoons, getting in my food bag. Details here:

http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=639&

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Make Your Own Ursack? on 03/24/2009 13:38:23 MDT Print View

Ursack's are bear resistant not bear proof (nothing is bear proof - even canisters).

Having said that...you could make one, but sewing it would be the hardest part. Cost wise, I would run that out and compare to just buying an Ursack (which are not that pricey).

Jason Turner
(headchange4u) - F
Fairly inexpensive... on 03/24/2009 14:29:09 MDT Print View

MY DIY version above only cost me $5 to make. The Kevlar and Vectran material is not hard to sew. I've also made a slightly larger version from a Vectran car air bag. I have gotten several air bags for free from body shops (I work in the automotive repair industry). Body shop normally just throw exploded air bags in the trash.

john braun
(Hitman) - F

Locale: West Florida
Kevlar fabric for bear bag on 03/24/2009 19:39:54 MDT Print View

I found this site...

http://www.discountcomposite.com/#kevf

I'm just not sure which denier to get or how many ounces per yard. Is it K29 that I would need?

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Just be careful on 03/25/2009 09:11:38 MDT Print View

What I meant about the sewing is that it is the weakness in a bag - by that, if the stitches fail, the bag will fail if tested by a bear.

Ross P Hemphill
(rbimli) - F

Locale: PNW
air bags not appropriate materials source? on 10/11/2011 03:19:01 MDT Print View

I realize that this is an old thread, but I wanted this information here for others to come across. It's a fine idea! Couple issues, though. First, Ursacks aren't made of kevlar or vectran! (I believe they've stopped using vectran, and if they used kevlar it's been years.) However, Ursack Minors are kevlar, but not for bears.

Next point is: it seems car air bags are nylon 66, not Kevlar (used for lifting air bags) or Vectran (for the Mars rover air bags). According to this document, this abstract, and this post.

Okay, so who's got the bright idea on cheap sources of spectra, vectran, and kevlar..? :]

Edited by rbimli on 10/11/2011 03:20:40 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: air bags not appropriate materials source? on 10/11/2011 08:01:16 MDT Print View

Nomex/Kevlar: http://www.rockywoods.com/Fabrics-Kits/Other-Heavy-Durable-Fabrics

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
MYOG bear bags on 10/11/2011 18:37:49 MDT Print View

Ross and Jerry,
Thanks for that very helpful info.

Ross P Hemphill
(rbimli) - F

Locale: PNW
no probs on 10/17/2011 18:04:20 MDT Print View

No problemo. Sometimes I'm amazed at the discussions that don't get picked up or over. Anyway, I'm glad when I can make any contribution to this great resource and thus slightly lessen my "karmic debt!" Anyone else still thinking about sweet super-cheap gear made from Tyvek envelopes?

By the way, Sam: how're the colors doin' over there, or are they..? (Mmm, NE in the fall...)