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My new MYOG Blog
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Sam Minnich
My new MYOG Blog on 02/21/2011 13:38:34 MST Print View

Hi everyone,

I now have a blog to show all of my MYOG projects. I'll be posting there regularly, so check it out if you're interested. Right now there are posts about my Tunnel Tent, primaloft vest, and lightweight fleece jacket. Let me know how you like it. Here's the link:

Edited by samuraiPrecision on 02/21/2011 13:40:08 MST.

Logan Spader
(___o2) - F

Locale: .
Re: on 02/21/2011 13:53:11 MST Print View

I want that fleece. I have dreamed of having collars that tall on all of my fleeces.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: My new MYOG Blog on 02/21/2011 14:00:10 MST Print View

That's an advantage to MYOG - you can make your collar wider if you wish

Nice vest

Nice tent

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: My new MYOG Blog on 02/21/2011 16:20:29 MST Print View

Nice blog! Might I suggest also writing your units in ounces and pounds. It'll make your website more accessible to Americans, who like me, can't convert metric in our heads. At this point, I didn't bother to figure out how much any of your stuff weighs. And that's really what I was looking for.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: My new MYOG Blog on 02/21/2011 16:29:50 MST Print View

Sam, I really like that microfleece jacket. You stated that it weighs around 206 grams. Roughly what size is that? You look like a Medium maybe.

That is what I need to sew now in my size.


Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Metric on 02/21/2011 16:49:48 MST Print View

Nice Blog and nice job on the gear.. As Jack noted most Americans don't learn the metric system in school (which is a joke) and don't use it in there day to day lives so to make it more "American friendly" I would add both systems of measure.. Well keep up the good work :)

Edited by Mountainfitter on 02/21/2011 16:50:46 MST.

Walter Carrington
(Snowleopard) - M

Locale: Mass.
Nice vest! on 02/21/2011 18:40:50 MST Print View

Thanks, I especially like the vest.
Converting grams to ounces:
Google converts units for you: just do a google search for:
87 grams in oz
Answer: 87 grams = 3.06883469 ounces

tyler marlow

Locale: UTAH
WOW on 02/21/2011 19:28:43 MST Print View

great stuff!
I'll definitely be following your blog!
Any chance you'll will do instructions as well?
Like the others, I really love that fleece, enough that i would pay for plans or a kit for it.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: My new MYOG Blog on 02/21/2011 20:11:15 MST Print View


Very nice. I like your writing - especially the "why's" - why you made it the way you did, etc.

The weight of that vest is awesome.


Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
blog on 02/21/2011 20:54:56 MST Print View

Very nice, will bookmark and await future updates.

P.S Some of us Americans can think in centimeters and kilos:^)

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: blog on 02/21/2011 20:57:56 MST Print View

Mark, I still struggle with velocity in KM/HR. M/S seems more logical.


Sam Minnich
answers to questions on 02/22/2011 00:52:02 MST Print View

Wow, thanks for the great responses to my blog! To answer a few questions: I will definitely put all of my measurements in both metric and imperial, so it's universally easy to read. Thats a great idea, thanks for the suggestion. I also do have plans to do some instructional posts in the future. The fleece seems to be a favorite, I'll put a link to the pattern I based it off of. It is a free pattern that's available for download. I think I'll do an instructional of how I designed and made that fleece. That way anyone that's interested can see how to make it.

David Stenberg
(dstenberg1) - F

Locale: South
Re: My new MYOG Blog on 02/22/2011 11:47:14 MST Print View

Great blog!

Can you give some information on your tent poles.

Weight, source, material?

Thanks! Good looking projects!

Sam Minnich
tent poles on 02/23/2011 23:32:45 MST Print View

The poles I used are .344" diameter Easton Nanolites, ordered from quest. Each pole is 8 segments, with a 145 degree angle in the middle. Total weight 341 grams (12 oz).

J Thomas Peterson
(tpeterson1959) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Great Blog and Great Gear! on 02/24/2011 10:41:48 MST Print View

Good job on both accounts. Your workmanship looks to be very professional, too.

Sam Minnich
Cuben Rain Pants 35 grams light! on 02/26/2011 06:39:24 MST Print View

I just posted my new cuben rain pants on my blog. They weigh 35.5 grams (1.25 oz). Check 'em out if you like super light stuff! Here's the link:

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Nice Job on 02/26/2011 09:49:02 MST Print View


Nice work. You are motivating me to get going with the cuben.

Looks like the leg seam is overlapping with a couple strips of tape. Is that correct?

Where did you buy your cuben fabric and tape and what type of tape is it?

Did you sew any parts at all?


Sam Minnich
cuben questions on 02/26/2011 10:22:39 MST Print View

Hi Daryl,

I bought the cuben from a website called I'm not sure where you are located, but it probably only makes sense to order there if you're living in europe. Otherwise, I'm sure many people on this forum know some good sources for cuben fiber. The seams are all taped, there's no sewing involved. I used a tape from 3M, the product number is 3M 9485PC. The seams are all done with a single strip of tape, and I just laid the fabric down so it overlapped enough to cover the tape(a little extra overlap to keep the glue from being exposed). The tape is simply sandwiched between the 2 layers of fabric. It seems like the seams are every bit as strong of stronger than the fabric, and I've heard a lot of reports that confirm this. If you want more details on how to do seams with tape, let me know. Maybe I'll do a tutorial on my blog.

John West
(skyzo) - F

Locale: Borah Gear
blog on 02/26/2011 11:28:04 MST Print View

Sam, keep up the good work, you've got some really awesome projects on your website, and it inspires me to try some of them.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Sam thanks on 02/26/2011 13:29:47 MST Print View


Thanks for answering my questions. Very helpful.