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Thomas Gauperaa
(gauperaa) - F

Locale: Norway
G4 finished on 01/26/2010 15:34:28 MST Print View

I finished the G4 pack late last night. I'm very pleased with how it turned out in the end, and how the whole process of making it has been. It has gone a lot smoother than when I made the Ray-Way. I think it's a combination of the construction being more straightforward and simpler on the G4, and the fact that I am a bit more experienced now, having done a couple of projects.

G4 left

G4 front

G4 back

More info and photos on my blog for those who are interested:

Take care.

Edited by gauperaa on 01/26/2010 15:37:17 MST.

John Roan
(JRoan) - MLife

Locale: Vegas
Re: G4 finished on 01/26/2010 15:48:11 MST Print View

Nice job Thomas!

I'm curious what materials were used, and what is the weight and capacity (i.e. did you follow the instructions exactly?)

Thomas Gauperaa
(gauperaa) - F

Locale: Norway
Re: Re: G4 finished on 01/26/2010 16:00:50 MST Print View

Thanks, I followed the instructions except for making two pockets on the left side instead of the standard tall one, and omitting the ice axe loop.

Empty weight (with nothing in the pad holder) is 402 grams, or 14.2 ounces. Will be less when I cut down the straps a bit.

Materials are 2.2oz coated ripstop nylon and 330d cordura. I used the kit from Quest Outfitters:


Edited by gauperaa on 01/27/2010 02:03:43 MST.

jeremy duncan
(jeremyduncan) - F

Locale: Midwest
g4 finished on 01/27/2010 03:14:04 MST Print View

How are the sock stuffed shoulder straps. Do they feel like they will be comfortable with a fully loaded pack for long periods of time. It seems like they would be lumpy and create sore spots, although I haven't tried it. I always thought that was part of the design was a little extreme. Again, I haven;t tried it, though. Curious to hear your about your experience with them.

Congrats, btw. I made a pack last year, my own design, and it wound up being a POS.

Thomas Gauperaa
(gauperaa) - F

Locale: Norway
Re: g4 finished on 01/27/2010 03:23:38 MST Print View

Jeremy, thanks, I have only tried it on with a light load in my living room, so I don't know how it will work on the trail with a heavy load. There are probably a lot of longtime users of this pack which can answer your question.

joe newton

Locale: Bergen, Norway
Re: g4 finished on 01/27/2010 03:24:58 MST Print View

Good job Thomas, very impressive. It is good to see peoples projects as I start on this MYOG path.

Thomas Gauperaa
(gauperaa) - F

Locale: Norway
Re: Re: g4 finished on 01/27/2010 03:34:17 MST Print View

Joe, thanks, cool that you're getting into MYOG. Trust me - it is highly rewarding !

Alexander Laws
(goldenmeanie) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
pack on 01/27/2010 09:53:08 MST Print View

Well done Thomas!

Tom Holbrook
(Zandar) - MLife

Locale: Central Coast of California
G4 Finished on 01/27/2010 11:26:11 MST Print View


Well done, and I like your modification for the two side pockets.

I am considering adding a "y-strap" to my finished pack, in order to carry a bear cannister on top.

Well done,


Thomas Gauperaa
(gauperaa) - F

Locale: Norway
Re: G4 Finished on 01/28/2010 01:43:50 MST Print View

Thanks for all the feedback.

Tom, have you tried yours on the trail yet? The y-strap is a nice touch - I thought about doing it myself, but got a bit impatient at the end ;)

Edited by gauperaa on 01/28/2010 01:44:21 MST.

Steve Small
(lustreking) - F
Y-Strap on 01/28/2010 06:51:15 MST Print View

Looks great Thomas!

I finished mine a couple weeks ago, and added a Y-Strap. I don't think that it would be too hard to add after completion. You'd just need to open the seam between the back and collar in two small places.

I used around 26 inches of 3/4" grosgrain for the top of the "Y" and attached it in the seam between the collar and back like the side lashing straps. Then I folded the ends inside down and x-box (or is it x-rhombus?) stitched it to the back panel.

Here's mine:

Front Y-Strap Top

Y-Strap Front Y-Strap Inside

Edited by lustreking on 01/28/2010 07:03:54 MST.

Thomas Gauperaa
(gauperaa) - F

Locale: Norway
Re: Y-Strap on 01/28/2010 08:25:23 MST Print View

Steve, very nice :). I will consider adding it after testing the default setup on the trail

Edited by gauperaa on 01/28/2010 08:25:55 MST.