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Chad Miller

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Material Suppliers? on 04/15/2009 08:45:47 MDT Print View

I know this has been covered before but I can’t seem to find any of the old threads discussing it. I’m looking for online suppliers of material to make / modify backpacking gear.

Thanks for your help!

Misfit Mystic

Locale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
Materials Supplier Resource on 04/15/2009 08:57:44 MDT Print View

Hey Chad, I found this website which has been very helpful:

They list all the sources I knew about, and a couple I didn't.

Chad Miller

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Material Suppliers on 04/15/2009 09:25:00 MDT Print View

That's a great resource! Thank you so much!

Right now I'm planning on adding a pair of mesh water bottle pockets to a smaller Osprey pack I have. My hope is that by adding the external watter bottle pockets I'll have enough room in my old pack for summer trips.

If anyone has a good way to sew mesh pockets onto a pack please let me know!

Edited by chadnsc on 04/15/2009 09:39:06 MDT.

Matthew Bishop
(mattsbishop) - F - M

Locale: Northern Frontrange, Colorado
Re: Materials Supplier Resource on 04/15/2009 11:13:26 MDT Print View

I know of a few others not mentioned there:

Kite Builder: their notions, hardware and lightweight cord may be of interest; their fabric is a bit odd but YMMV.

Para-Gear: good for silnylon, obscure binding tapes, metal hardware, and more.

Shelby: in addition to the usual fare they have a good selection of Schoeller's fabrics and other obscure neat stuff.

Edited by mattsbishop on 04/15/2009 11:16:46 MDT.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Materials Supplier Resource on 04/15/2009 11:46:26 MDT Print View

Guys (gals too),

One of the goals of the BPL WIKI is to avoid the "this was covered in an old thread I can't seem to find right now" problem.

It has a Materials section with a Sources subsection. If it does not contain what you need and you then find it somewhere, pls record your find in that section of the Wiki rather than in yet another thread that will get lost in the clutter.

Chad Miller

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Sewing mesh pockets on 04/15/2009 12:43:02 MDT Print View

Thanks for the update about the content of the Wiki site!

Now just if I could find some information about sewing mesh pockets I'd be all set. (Don't worry I already looked on Wiki and there is nothing about this particular topic)

Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
materials and patterns on 04/16/2009 08:36:42 MDT Print View

Outdoor wilderness fabrics (

rain shed

Edited by rambler on 04/16/2009 08:38:29 MDT.

Chad Miller

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Revoveable mesh pack pockets. on 04/16/2009 09:46:18 MDT Print View

Thanks to everyone for all the great replies! Thanks to your help I've managed to find a great idea and pattern for a removable mesh pocket that I can add to my Talon 33 from Osprey. The Talon has a good deal of accessory loops so this removable pocket concept should work rather well!