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Karple T

Locale: Mid-Alantic
What draw string line for stuff sacks? on 10/18/2011 23:01:15 MDT Print View

What line do you like to use with mini cord locks?

I am making cuben and silnylone stuff sacks for some stuff.

I am not super concerned with weight.

More interested in holding well but still thin.


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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: What draw string line for stuff sacks? on 10/18/2011 23:10:55 MDT Print View

Kelty TripTease is what I used on the last dozen.


Brad Walker

Locale: SoCal
Re on 10/18/2011 23:31:51 MDT Print View

Braided Mason line works well with the micro cord locks. Oware sells some nice thin line too.

For something thicker, Lawson's triptease style line is nice.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re on 10/19/2011 03:58:12 MDT Print View

> Braided Mason line works well
But skip the cord locks - they are just excess weight. Tie a slip knot.


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

Locale: Silicon Valley
cordlocks on 10/19/2011 13:35:35 MDT Print View

"they are just excess weight"

Good Grief. The ones I use weigh 0.6 grams.


Harald Hope

Locale: East Bay
z-packs 80 lb cord on 10/19/2011 20:32:04 MDT Print View

I've been using the zpacks 80 pound cord with tiny cord locks (note: tiny is the zpacks name, they are smaller than 'mini'). For a small stuff sack, the weight of the cord and cord lock is a gram or less, so talking about saving weight is getting somewhat absurd at that point, especially given the convenience. Wouldn't use this combination for any weight bearing cord, like a bear bag or whatever, but it seems just fine for all other applications. Something about Joe's stuff and ideas I find immensely nice, no idea why, just like how he approaches materials and other things, even if I'll never use cuben etc myself, still good ideas that are useful in regular light backpacking applications as well. Just as a test, I replaced almost all my stuff sack cords/cord locks with that combination, and saved literally an ounce and a half. Surprised me. That motivated me to start sewing my own silnylon bags though.

Edited by hhope on 10/19/2011 20:38:30 MDT.

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
What draw string line for stuff sacks on 10/20/2011 00:30:02 MDT Print View

For such light weight sacks, you might consider light flat shoe lacing, but only if you can find nylon, not cotton. Low friction, and a little friendlier on the hands.

I like the B-locks for all but the smallest sizes of stuff sacks. Try them and see if you do also.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: What draw string line for stuff sacks? on 10/20/2011 03:54:20 MDT Print View


My stuff sacks are silnylon not cuben but I would probably still use #2507 nylon round drawcord from Quest Outfitters. DRAWCORD

3/32" yellow with purple and turquoise tracers. $0.27 cents per yard.

The ends melt really well to control fraying at the ends.

Party On,


Karple T

Locale: Mid-Alantic
"What draw string line for stuff sacks?" on 10/21/2011 12:55:21 MDT Print View

I have some on order from quest and got their mini locks.

I am going to try zpacks too.

Thanks everyone!

Chris Lucas
(ChemE) - F

Locale: SC
AirCore1 on 10/21/2011 14:41:57 MDT Print View

I know I'm more extreme than most but I prefer AirCore1 for any cord requirements including the rare stuff sack.

Steve Small
(lustreking) - F
Mason Line on 10/21/2011 18:16:41 MDT Print View

Another +1 for braided mason line. It's lightweight, strong enough for a drawstring, very inexpensive, and available locally. It also is available in pretty bright colors. I have a spool of hot pink line, and I put a small loop of it on anything that's droppable when I'm in the woods.

edit: Forgot to mention that I use it with Quest's Mini Mini Toggles.

Edited by lustreking on 10/21/2011 18:19:14 MDT.

Karple T

Locale: Mid-Alantic
What draw string line for stuff sacks? on 10/21/2011 22:43:42 MDT Print View

I like Mason line. I might go with that. The Air core 1 sounds like it might be a good choice.

Edited by ctracyverizon on 10/23/2011 21:42:57 MDT.