Cuben Fiber Chest Pack
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Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Cuben Fiber Chest Pack on 01/24/2011 12:27:02 MST Print View

Here is my first real sewing project. The liberty ridge jacket which I started a couple of days ago was overwhelming for me. I had to dumb it down and make this first. It is actually a horrendous sewing job but I think it performs it's function quite well. I re-enforced the top and bottom by bonding strips because I was nervous about some of the threads coming undone.

10" wide X 12" Tall
12" waterproof zipper
1.4 ounces.

More info and pics:
Cuben Fiber Chest Pack


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Javan Dempsey
(jdempsey)

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Cuben Fiber Chest Pack on 01/24/2011 14:16:00 MST Print View

Interesante!


Looks like you folded pleats into the top layer cuben to allow for some expansion.. What made you decide on the full length vertical zipper? I guess to get a hand in either side? My only concern would be things falling out, however, looks great for maps, etc.

I always hate having to take my pack off to get at a topo, yet find myself doing it ALOT.

Very cool.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Re: Cuben Fiber Chest Pack on 01/24/2011 14:23:04 MST Print View

Hey Javan,
Well, to be honest, I had big plans for this thing but my newly acquired sewing skills didn't let me do everything i wanted...regarding the zipper, I made a mockup of it and when the zipper was horizontal, I couldn't get my hand in too far and definitely couldn't reach the bottom so I figured the center vertical zip would be worth a try. It was my first time working with a zipper and I need to learn a few tricks - I wasn't even sure how to install it so I just winged it...it functions but is less than beautiful :) I put some pleats on the front panel so I could fit a water bottle in there aswell as some snacks, but we'll see how well it handles the loads when I try it out.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Re: Cuben Fiber Chest Pack on 01/24/2011 14:31:04 MST Print View

"when the zipper was horizontal, I couldn't get my hand in too far and definitely couldn't reach the bottom"

Would be easier to get your hand in with a horizontal zipper if you wore it slightly canted. Might be less appealing to wear that way though.

Or, I guess, the zipper could be slightly canted as well instead of straight across.

Edited by idester on 01/24/2011 14:31:54 MST.

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Looks Handy on 01/24/2011 14:38:34 MST Print View

That looks pretty handy for flat things like maps. Also looks like it would work for something long that is lying on its side (e.g. a gallon zip lock half filled with gorp and rolled up like a burrito with a rubber band on it. I think that vertical zipper could work fine. Might just take a little practice to see what works in there and what doesn't.

Sometimes I stumble upon useful things by accident or due to sewing ease. Maybe you have with this item. Time will tell.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Re: Re: Cuben Fiber Chest Pack on 01/24/2011 14:40:22 MST Print View

Steve,

We in the MYOG community salute you!

>>my newly acquired sewing skills didn't let me do everything I wanted<<

Even after much time and experience sometimes the sewing skills still will not let us do what we want to do in our mind's eye.

>>I wasn't even sure how to install it so I just winged it<<

That is called a learning experience.

I have a somewhat similar project in mind for my camera, cell phone and, come to think of it, my maps and guides could go in there also.

Personally I'd stick the water bottles on the shoulder straps as something as heavy as a water bottle may dig into your chest and stomach area. Let us know how the trial run goes.

Did you go through any withdrawls because of a sewing project that didn't involve a home cooked meal after the sewing was finished? ;-)

Party On,

Newton

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Re: Re: Re: Cuben Fiber Chest Pack on 01/25/2011 08:51:19 MST Print View

John,
Everytime time I read one of your posts I laugh. Thanks! As for withdrawals, you bet. There was a time when I was #1 son, but ever since the arrival of my niece and nephew, my mom doesn't seem as interested in manufacturing UL gear for me! ;)

I'll let you guys know how it goes with the pack assuming it doesn't come apart on me mid-trip.

Jared Dilg
(Village) - MLife

Locale: Texas
Re: Cuben Fiber Chest Pack on 01/25/2011 12:09:16 MST Print View

Steven,

Neat project! If you find yourself reaching for the map a lot, a flat open pocket sewn to the back of your chest pack would be a great place to stow it. It also reduces wear on the rubberized waterproof zipper. A lot of tactical admin pouches have this feature.

Nancy Charlier
(ncharlier) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Chest Pack on 01/25/2011 18:49:47 MST Print View

Steve

The chestpack looks cool--I think you are too hard on yourself. What problems are you having with the Liberty Ridge? I've been thinking about tackling one of these myself, but I haven't sewn any garments for going on 20 years, so I've been worrying about it. Are you using Momentum 50?

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Chest Pack on 01/26/2011 07:09:24 MST Print View

Nancy,
I started the liberty ridge last week when I literally had ~5 minutes of sewing experience. I may sit in front of the machine for hours, but the actual sewing time (foot pressing the pedal) is quite low. I abandoned the project after laying out the pattern and reading the instructions. It just seemed too much for someone still learning the absolute basics and I wasn't yet even comfortable with sewing simple straight lines. It seemed like a smart choice. You'll probably be fine if you know your way around stitches, seams, etc. I am going to use the WP/B cuben fiber for the LR. On a good note, yesterday there was a noticeable increase in my skills. I actually put the pedal to the metal and ran my little beast full throttle!