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Jared Cook
(rooinater) - F

Locale: Northwet
dyneema or silnylon for a roll top lid in my ion? grossgrain? on 04/16/2009 12:25:37 MDT Print View

ok, so the vest is out of the way, the bivy materials are lined up, now I need to decide on pack fabrics for my golite ion.

I'm going to feature creep my golite ion to give it better storage capacity and access... my jam2 is too large, and i'm going cheap and attempting to keep the entire project under 60 bucks. should I use silnylon or dyneema for the roll top extention? the plus for silnylon is I have some laying around and it's lighter. the grossgrain most people have been using for projects for buckles and such for the roll top, is it that the really thin straps bought in rolls at stores like joann's fabric? or should I find some through quest when I order my lycra stretch mesh for water bottle pockets?

basic rundown for the pack is an extention collar added, water bottle pockets, and a center mesh pocket for stashing wet tarps and common items.

Don Meredith
(donmeredith) - F

Locale: SouthEast
Ion roll top on 04/16/2009 12:56:39 MDT Print View

I'd go with the silnylon. If you're going to sew a pocket on the back I'd recommend that you add grossgrain loops for a bungee system over the pocket. This gives you a lightweight way to hold wet tarps, rain jackets, etc.

Nia Schmald
(nschmald) - MLife
Re: Ion roll top on 04/16/2009 14:04:46 MDT Print View

I'd go with Dyneema if cost was not an object. I often scrape the top of my pack against overhanging branches and when crawling under downed trees. I'd be worried about ripping up silnylon and I don't like to worry about such things. On the other hand if I already had the fabric...

The grosgrain from joann's is the same stuff that the cottage makers use so no need for a special order. It is thin but it's more than tough enough for most uses.

Edited by nschmald on 04/16/2009 14:05:23 MDT.

Jared Cook
(rooinater) - F

Locale: Northwet
Re: Re: Ion roll top on 04/16/2009 14:21:55 MDT Print View

well I have some elastic cord and micro cord locks laying around also... I've thought about doing a cord system on the back to strap things to and to cinch the pack semi tight to stabilize small loads, but couldn't decide... I paid $30 to get my 2008 ion shipped to my door. so essentially I got about $30 left in the planned budget for making my ultimate lightweight pack. I just couldn't justify the $160 for a MLD Prophet either, when i could cheaply and quickly fab it into an ion. I guess i might as well put in a cord system while I'm in there.

I have to make an order from qwest outfitters anyhow for some lycra stretch mesh for the side water bottle pockets. I'll be using my Jam2 hydration sleeve for the back stretch mesh pocket. But in order to get dyneema I'd have to go through thru-hiker also, which means shipping x2... hmmm... decisions, decisions... That's always the hard part.