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Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
Dyeing a backpack on 04/01/2010 09:05:00 MDT Print View

I want to dye the main body of a new Gossamer Gear Gorilla pack dark green. It's gray and 210 denier, urethane-coated, double wall ripstop nylon. There are other fabrics like silnylon on the pack, but I'm ignoring them and assuming they won't dye.

I'm planning to use Rit liquid dye. Will this work? Any gotchas or tips? Do I need to wash the pack a few times to remove any DWR coating?

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Dyeing a backpack on 04/01/2010 09:56:08 MDT Print View

I have dyed multiple packs including a gg Gorilla.

My attempt was to dye the Gorilla black. I used Rit dye (3 boxes)and followed the instructions provided. I used a clean garbage can to complete the project.

The pack turned out a very dark purple. I posted pictures on BPL that you can find with a little looking.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Dyeing a backpack on 04/01/2010 13:56:59 MDT Print View

I did my ULA Circuit and plan to do my new Ohm. I used liquid Rit dye. Super hot water, 2 gallons boiling and one gallon simmering hot. 3 gallons and 1 full bottle of liquid dye. No need to wash first if pack is new or clean. Stir a lot to maximize coverage and let it go for the full half hour. I used a 5 gallon bucket wrapped with a canvas drop cloth to retain heat and a lid. I would stir every 3 minutes. Went from this to thisdye job
I gonna do the Ohm this afternoon.

Edited by kthompson on 04/01/2010 20:49:18 MDT.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
dyeing backpack on 04/01/2010 14:01:28 MDT Print View

Ken, I like that pack a LOT better black(ish).

Any bad experiences with shoulder straps or other points of contact bleeding out dye into hot, sweaty hiking shirts?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Dyeing a backpack on 04/01/2010 14:03:40 MDT Print View

No transfer of dye. I should have included the fact that I put it in my front loader washing machine with detergent, warm water wash after dyeing. Drip dry.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: dyeing backpack on 04/01/2010 15:52:07 MDT Print View

"Ken, I like that pack a LOT better black(ish)."

+1. Never liked that green color...

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Dyeing a backpack on 04/01/2010 16:14:06 MDT Print View

There is some funky colored gear out there. We can fix a lot of that with dye. The Ohm is in the washer now. It's black. Never liked that blue of GG packs either, but silnylon is a problem. Even the compression cords and that yellow webbing on the Ohm took the dye as well.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Dyeing a backpack" on 04/01/2010 19:32:52 MDT Print View

Post some pics Ken once it's finished drying! What would've looked killer would be an all black Ohm with the yellow compression cords, but black(ish)is cool too.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Dyeing a backpack on 04/01/2010 19:45:43 MDT Print View

Here you go
ohm2ohm3ohm4ohm5

Jonathan Boozer
(anywayoutside) - MLife

Locale: South East
Re: "Dyeing a backpack" on 04/01/2010 19:47:08 MDT Print View

+1 on ULA pack looking better black.

I had great luck dying a ULA Amp. Liquid RIT + plus additional hot water by way of the stove. I dyed mine in a top loader by simply following the directions on the RIT bottle.
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Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Dyeing a pack on 04/01/2010 20:18:07 MDT Print View

@ Ken - WOW! Looks great.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Dyeing a MLD Ark on 04/01/2010 20:25:00 MDT Print View

That does look nice Ken-reminds me of Pin-Stripes. I will give that a go on my Ark. Backpacking with some style!

-Jay

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Dyeing a backpack on 04/01/2010 20:47:55 MDT Print View

Thanks for the compliments. I am very happy with the way it turned out. The stock color was just too bright for me, and the yellow webbing on the hipbelt, well...it's gone. Are we going to see more dye jobs on the trail? Will manufacturers take note?

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Dyeing a pack on 04/01/2010 21:21:23 MDT Print View

I love the change of color, black makes everything look better.

Edited by thomdarrah on 04/01/2010 22:11:07 MDT.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
dyeing. on 04/01/2010 21:38:35 MDT Print View

Is it possible to +1 myself? I am totally feeling the black. I always disliked the ULA Green. Those packs look great! Nice work.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Dyeing a backpack" on 04/02/2010 06:42:04 MDT Print View

Awesome Ken, I like it. Dark Green, Navy Blue and Pearl Gray are 3 other Rit colors I'd like to see used in a dye job. If this keeps up I bet we'll start seeing packs with painted buckles, permed compression straps and highlights :) I bet the Pearl Gray would look excellent on a pack however I think Rit only offers this color choice in powder form.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Dyeing a backpack on 04/02/2010 06:50:41 MDT Print View

Eugene. You could use all three. Tie dye!

Ryan Longmire
(longmire) - MLife

Locale: Tejas
Re: Dyeing a backpack on 04/02/2010 07:09:54 MDT Print View

Has anyone tried this with a Granite Gear pack before? How did the dye take?

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Dyeing a backpack" on 04/02/2010 07:31:14 MDT Print View

A member dyed a baby blue Vapor Trail with moderate success, I think some dye bled out of the cush vapor trail belt and backpad. Click the link below and the dyeing results are about 1/4 of the way down the thread. After a shakedown test he found the dye ran out of the padding onto his pants and shirt so it appears with the Granite Gear shoulder straps, hipbelts and backpanel that you need to THROROUGHLY wash and rinse rinse rinse.

Dyeing a Vapor Trail

Edited by Eugeneius on 04/02/2010 07:36:07 MDT.

Ryan Longmire
(longmire) - MLife

Locale: Tejas
Re: "Dyeing a backpack" on 04/02/2010 13:12:42 MDT Print View

Thanks! I might try this on a Virga to tone down the lime-green pieces.