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matt kirk
(matthew.d.kirk) - F

Locale: southern appalachians
video of fastpacking gear on 02/03/2011 13:44:51 MST Print View

I thought I'd post to backpackinglight forum a link with a video of some homemade fastpack gear I've made and used in case anyone might be interested in checking it out. Feedback appreciated. I continue to benefit from the insight found on this forum, so thanks!

http://matthewkirk.blogspot.com/2011/01/fastpack-gear.html

Michael Fleming
(GiganticMermaid) - F

Locale: Great Smoky Mountains
Re: video of fastpacking gear on 02/03/2011 14:52:14 MST Print View

Makes me feel like a traditional backpacker still. Thank you for hurting my feelings. I thought I was ultra-light :'(

Mike Hinsley
(ArchNemesis)

Locale: England, UK
Under endowed on 02/03/2011 15:16:46 MST Print View

Ok that vid contains a ton of really cool ideas. I really like the mat forming part of the bivi bag.

How does it all work in rain or a damp setup though? 70 degrees in January sheesh! I'm happy if it's over 40!

Clint Wayman
(cwayman1) - M

Locale: East Tennessee, US
cool vid! on 02/03/2011 15:30:01 MST Print View

Hey Matt,

Great video! And I really love the Max Patch sledding- great idea!

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Fastpacking on 02/05/2011 08:06:00 MST Print View

Good video. So, your pack opens from the bottom?

Larry Dyer
(veriest1) - F

Locale: Texas
Genius! on 02/05/2011 08:18:44 MST Print View

The bottom opening pack is genius!

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
re on 02/05/2011 09:15:04 MST Print View

bottom opening pack - very innovative - don't need to worry about water leaking in

Larry Dyer
(veriest1) - F

Locale: Texas
Re: re on 02/05/2011 09:51:17 MST Print View

With the opening upside down you can pack for convenience and center of gravity.

If you notice in the video the packing order places everything in the opposite position most of the people on this site pack things.

Andy F
(AndyF) - M
Re: video of fastpacking gear on 02/05/2011 11:00:07 MST Print View

Interesting video, thanks.

What's the lowest temp your sleep system keeps you comfortable?

Sky Horne
(simplyalpine)

Locale: Vagabonding..
nice shoes. on 02/05/2011 13:29:42 MST Print View

sweet dude, you put my 5lb pack to shame.

http://thirtysixer.com/gear-mojo/

love the home-brew shoes. i was just considering this for the PCT(prolly with a more rigid outsole).

matt kirk
(matthew.d.kirk) - F

Locale: southern appalachians
video on 02/05/2011 21:22:43 MST Print View

Thanks for the compliments/feedback. The padded bivy has worked well for me on several trips. I used a slightly heavier/bulkier version on the BMT than the lighter version in this video.

The poncho/quilt is for summer only. I've been comfortable in the mid to upper 40s F. This is with a spash/wind bivy for extra heat retention. So, not a very warm set up.

The upside-down pack design has served me very well for the last few years. The idea is simple: with a super light load, the heaviest stuff will often be the food, which also is what you want quick access to. You also want that stuff off your back and carried closer to the hip belt for better load transfer and reduce bounce when running. So why not make the pack upside-down?

About sledding down Max Patch: look out for the briars!

About the unicycling: cool stuff.

Jeff Cadorin
(JeffCadorin) - F

Locale: paper beats rock
upside down pack on 02/06/2011 10:34:04 MST Print View

I like it. Think you could post some pics of the pack?