I know I've seen it posted somewhere, but I can't seem to find how to decipher Cuben fiber product codes. Does anybody here know the secret?
Over a year ago, I bought some pretty heavy bias fiber Cuben (CT9HBK.18)to make a pack for a try at thru-hiking the AT. Then I ended up having a job for a year long than expected, so I haven't sewn with it yet. It IS very heavy, 78g/m2, but it should hold up well to sewing, and I tend to fall down a lot, so I'm OK with the extra weight.
I bought an entire 9meter panel, 51 inches wide, so I will have some left over after I make the pack, if anyone is interested.
I also have a question about shoulder strap placement. I prefer to take as much pack weight on my hips as possible, so when I'm using a pack with load lifters, I crank the hipbelt and use the loadlifters to keep the straps elevated off my shoulders. So--couldn't I just mount the upper ends of the shoulder straps "too high", that is, where the load lifters would normally attach, and get the same effect more simply? (My gear at this point is pretty light, and I expect to come in under 20lbs, possibly under 17, and the pack will have a corrugated plastic sheet in it, like the old GoLite Infinity, with the stuffable straps of a GG Mariposa.)
So if I am looking at this the wrong way, somebody please tell me--I'll be taking an exacto knife to the Cuben pretty soon. Thanks