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Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Presence
Seeking material & pattern recommendations for simple ultralight windbreaker. on 10/27/2011 10:01:59 MDT Print View

I'm wanting to make a very simple and easy to make ultralight shell (3 oz or less)....a pullover with a short zip (or velcro) and tall collar or hood and no pockets. I'd wear it under my pack and at camp.

I don't know that I need the latest and greatest material....but I'm open to all suggestions. I just need it to block some wind, be able to shed a little moisture and most importantly, be a bright and easy to spot color...preferably hunter orange (I often hike during hunting season).

Which materials should I be looking at? And does anyone have a particular pattern to recommend?

Brendan Swihart
(brendans) - F - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Re: Seeking material & pattern recommendations for simple ultralight windbreaker. on 10/27/2011 10:07:02 MDT Print View

http://thru-hiker.com/kits/lr_shell_kit.php I've made a couple hooded ones that come in at around 2.5 oz. Lots of color options.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Presence
Re: Re: Seeking material & pattern recommendations for simple ultralight windbreaker. on 10/27/2011 11:47:02 MDT Print View

Thanks, Brendan! Looks good. A bit more money than I wanted to spend but....I'm sure it would save me time/grief.

I couldn't tell from the description/photo. Does this kit come with a hood or did you make your own?

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Seeking material & pattern recommendations for simple ultralight windbreaker. on 10/27/2011 12:00:58 MDT Print View

http://thru-hiker.com/projects/hood_pattern.php

Thomas Conly
(conly) - F - M

Locale: Lots of canoeing and snow
Thru-Hiker on 10/27/2011 14:24:42 MDT Print View

I've made the large thru-hiker windshell and it came out to 3.5oz. It has a hood, lycra on the arms and waist and elastic in the hood with two micro toggles. I made it with the 1.1oz nylon on their site. It could be made lighter by shortening the hem and using lighter elastic in the hood but I've never worried too much about half an ounce. Love the pattern but the hood is a little tricky to add. It fits really well though. Definitely the best way to go in my opinion.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Seeking material & pattern recommendations for simple ultralight windbreaker. on 10/27/2011 16:38:41 MDT Print View

My Liberty Ridge in Large comes in at just over 3 oz without a hood, I used 1.1 oz ripstop. The pattern and instructions were great and it turned out awesome. I've never missed having a hood but I've seen a number of people add one on.

I've never used Momentum, but by all accounts its nicer than the 1.1 DWR ripstop.

Adam

KEN LARSON
(KENLARSON) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
Pattern Recommendations on 10/27/2011 17:52:13 MDT Print View

GO HERE

Have made two using SI fabric. Weight came in at 5 ounces.

Rusty Beaver
(rustyb) - F

Locale: Presence
Thanks! on 10/27/2011 21:52:53 MDT Print View

Thanks to everyone!