Thanks for the compliments Newton.
>What is the volume?
I don't have it on hand but from what I remember of the measurements I think it's around 18000 cubic inches or nearly 30L. My old backpack (which weighed over 2lbs) was a 35L and with the smaller, lighter load is usually big enough as I don't really do long trips right now.
>What is the weight of your sailcloth per yard? I would guess that a good bit of your 10 oz weight comes from the padding in the straps and belt. What did you use for your padding?
The sailcloth was around 100 grams a square metre I think (translates roughly to 3oz a square yard I believe). I weighed the fabric after cutting most of the pieces out and it was 140 grams (5oz) though I think I had forgotten to cut out one of the pad pockets. So between 5-6oz fabric weight at the start.
The padding is cut from a fitness mat I picked up months ago for £2. I could have used lighter padding but again it was on hand and not being used, but definitely weight savings to be made their next time.
>I can tell that you like to keep things neat by the small elastic loops you put on the hip belt to control the slack.
I do like things tidy so I like simple gear. Minimal of fuss looks nice to me. Also, I will seam seal the pack so I was trying to limit seams. Though my lack of forward planning didn't help to much. I like my bags to be very waterproof.
>More importantly though enjoy your time with that two year old of yours. They grow up all too soon.;-)
I already know how true that is! We had our second, a little girl, 6 weeks ago so now it's double the fun! My son loves being outside and loved the family camping trip last summer so the future looks bright for various hiking and camping related trips.