World, APAC. APAC, World.
Now that introductions are over, let's get to details. This is my first MYOG pack and overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I wanted to make a pack similar to the GG Gorilla (which I own and love) but with a few different features and a little better fit. I decided to load it up with my gear and lots of water and get some action shots. I used my Micromini Pocket Rocket and 11 O'clock Sun Flash to get these shots ;) Total pack weight at the start was around 18 lbs and it carried nicely. I didn't get the fit perfect but it's definitely usable. A few more action shots to break up the word monotony:
Now for some construction details. It's volume is slightly less than the Gorilla's volume. I always have trouble getting my sleeping bag in dry sack into my Gorilla so I tappered the width of the APAC. It's about 10 inches at the bottom and 13 inches at the top. Much nicer to get stuff in and out. The depth is constant along the height. I included a back pad pocket (GG sit pad right now), aluminum U stay sleeves, roll top closure, front "A" compression strap, lineloc side compression system, sewn in hipbelt, lycra mesh side pockets, half length front lycra pocket, lower front lashing area (for shelter or sleeping pad), shoulder strap water bottle straps and ventilated shoulder straps. Whew! More monotony breakers:
The hipbelt pockets are of the MLD variety. I might try to make my own at some point. I wanted a compression system that didn't interfere with pocket access. The side compression cord stops right above the side pockets. The front "A" strap is only attached at the base of the pack and at the very top of the front lycra pocket (so it doesn't flop down when you un-buckle the top strap-the top bungee cords also helps with this and I may not need to sew it to the pocket after all.) I was very impressed with how well the shoulder straps breathed. The back pad pockets were getting wet on the climb up but the should straps stayed fairly dry.
Weight = 23oz without sit pad and aluminum stays, 29 oz with them
Back, Side and Front Panels: White VX07
Bottom Panel, "A" strap, side pocket strip: Grey VX21
Hipbelt is a sandwich of (outside to inside): Grey VX21 - 3/8" CCF - Green VX07 - 4mm Ventilated Mesh
Shoulder Strap is a sandwich of (outside to inside): Heavyweight 1992 Mesh - Green VX07 with center cutout - partial length 3/8" CCF with cutouts - Green VX07 with center cutout - 4mm Ventilated Mesh and 1" soft grosgrain around the perimeter
Back pad pockets - 4mm Ventilated Mesh and Lycra Mesh
Side and Front Pockets - Lycra Mesh
I've got a few changes I want to make in revision A2 to increase function, ease of construction and reduce weight. But first it's got to see some field testing.
Thanks for staying with me through the rambling!