It is really great seeing all of these new backpacks being made on this forum, really some nice work being done here! I hope to see more and more people posting their creations and sharing their experiences with us, I think it has a snow ball effect. Once someone sees that someone else can make a pack, it plants the seed of "why can't I" and before you know it they are off working on a pack and posting it on here. I know that is what got me started, I lurked on here all the time, looking at what others were making and thinking I want to give it a try. Now I can't stop making packs, I just love it and have a great time doing it. I love seeing peoples expressions when I tell them how I like to sew backpacks, it is priceless!
This week has been a busy backpack week for me, on top of my 40hr day job I completed three backpacks and wanted to share some photos.....
First off is the HalfPack 2.0 that I have been working on with BPL member Doug Ide, this is a sweet little pack and I am glad that Doug thought of me when he wanted to bring this pack to life.
Next I had a request to build a pack that had similar features to a SMD Starlite which he had previously owned, but he was looking for a lighter option that still had all the features he wanted. So I came up with this pack. I used 1.45oz cuben and dyneema X for the body and 3D mesh for the skin side of the straps. The packs main volume is around 2500ci and the pack weight is 15oz for the stripped down pack and 18oz for the full feature pack.
This is the shoulder strap pocket that I have been working on, it can fit a GPS, cell phone or 3-4 power bars.
This is a cuben bladder sleeve.
Finally I had a request to build one of my all XPac framed packs but with dyneema X side pockets and a large front pocket with flap. For the frame I used a Gossamer Gear U hoop, and sewed in a sleeve to hold the frame and pad to put in between the back of the pack and frame. The shoulder straps and hipbelt have 3D mesh on the skin side. The pack also includes load lifters and removable hipbelt pockets.
The piece of black 3d mesh on the lower back of the pack is a lumbar pad with velcro closure so more padding can be added if needed.
Here is a Dyneema X version of the shoulder strap pocket.
And that has been my week in building backpacks.