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Josh Thomas
(JtPeso) - M

Locale: Louisville, Ky
Another dyed ULA pack on 07/11/2012 21:16:22 MDT Print View

Saw some old posts about dyeing packs a few weeks back and figured I'd give my ULA Circuit a try. Thought I'd post the results here. I attempted to go jet black on the pack (love how the dyneema threads stay white!), but in the pics it looks more like a dark blue.

Front of pack

left of pack

right of pack

Bottom logo

Back panel

Chris Scala
(Scalawag) - F
Awesome on 07/11/2012 23:42:31 MDT Print View

That looks awesome! If you don't mind, where was the original post about this? Or would you care to outline what you did?

As much as I value function, IMO an all black pack like that looks really sleek.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Another dyed ULA pack on 07/12/2012 06:23:03 MDT Print View

Here you go.

Chris Scala
(Scalawag) - F
Thanks on 07/12/2012 17:06:10 MDT Print View

Thanks Ken!

So for everyone who did this, what was the best vessel for the water and dye? I had a friend dye a bunch of stuff for me in his washing machine... is this a common / responsible practice? I don't wanna go staining my washer permanently or anything.

Josh Thomas
(JtPeso) - M

Locale: Louisville, Ky
Vessel on 07/12/2012 17:17:49 MDT Print View

I didn't use my washer 'cause I was scared about it staining. I used a large plastic storage tub with hot water (some just real hot from the tap, a couple gallons barely heated on the stove). I poured the whole Rit bottle in the water and sloshed it around for an hour or so. Then I washed it out with cold water until it ran sorta clear. Then I stuck it in the washer and washed on a gentle cycle.

Chris Scala
(Scalawag) - F
Drying on 07/12/2012 18:02:04 MDT Print View

What about drying the pack afterwards? Sorry - I'm full of questions. Just don't want to find anything out the hard way.

I assume air dry is the best bet, but I feel like that would take days?

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Another dyed ULA pack on 07/12/2012 19:13:07 MDT Print View

I used a 5 gallon bucket with 3 gallons of super hot(nearly boiling)water and 1.5 bottles of dye. With dye its use is calculated on the weight of what your are dyeing. Not the amount of pieces. Too little dye will result in the blueish color being the end result and not true black. The fabric will only take in so much. Use 2 bottles. I used a lid and wrapped a towel around my bucket to keep the water as hot as possible for the full 20 minutes. I actually went a little over a half hour.

Wearing gloves go out and stir the pack around every 5 minutes to get a nice even finish. When the time is up, pour out you dye mixture. Now I have a laundry tub.So what I did was put the bucket in the sink and let the cold water run for quite a while. Keep rinsing with cold water until the water runs clear. Cold water will help set the dye.

For good measure I then tossed my pack in the washer and put it through a cycle with very little soap.

Line dry, pack and enjoy.

My pack was dry pretty much overnight. Hung mine in the shower.

Edited by kthompson on 07/12/2012 19:19:06 MDT.

Joe Newton
Golite pinnacle on 07/12/2012 19:24:59 MDT Print View

I dyed a Golite pinnacle (medium blue) to dark blue/black following the above procedures (hot water with whole bottle of black rit dye) and it worked well. Left in dye solution for about an hour I believe with moving it around several times. Washed with garden hose until it ran clear and hung it in the basement to dry. Best I remember it dried fairly quickly. I did remove the support pad from the pack before dyeing. Happy with the results.

Chris Scala
(Scalawag) - F
Awesome! on 07/12/2012 19:37:53 MDT Print View

I am going to try this with my 2012 Mariposa Plus and eventually the Kumo if it comes out alright. I'm pretty excited. I think those packs will look pretty great in a color besides that medium gray.

josh wagner
(StainlessSteel) - F
awesome on 07/12/2012 20:59:31 MDT Print View

everytime i see this i want to dye mine. hmmm

rowan !

Locale: SF Bay Area
What happens when it rains? on 07/12/2012 23:57:55 MDT Print View

I've thought about dyeing my pack but I worry about the dye running all over if I get rained on. The few times I've dyed fabric in the past it proved to not be very colorfast. Have any of you experienced your pack getting wet? How did the dye react to that?

John Abela
(JohnAbela) - MLife

Re: Another dyed ULA pack on 07/13/2012 03:47:31 MDT Print View

wow, this almost makes me want to buy a ULA pack again!!

Jolly Green Giant
(regultr) - MLife

Re: Re: Another dyed ULA pack on 07/13/2012 04:14:22 MDT Print View

Does anyone have any tested input on how this impacts DWR treatment? The treatment is the last thing put on the fabric by the manufacturer and I can only assume there is a certain loss of integrity from this process.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Another dyed ULA pack on 07/13/2012 06:19:32 MDT Print View

My Ohm has a big hole in the top. So I don't even think about packs and waterproofness. So can't help you there.

Colorfastness. Cold water helps to set the dye. I have had no issues. I did have some dye transfer once. I believe it was caused by not rinsing long enough.

Too much?

ULA is doing custom work now. Just order the color you want.

Edited by kthompson on 07/13/2012 06:20:43 MDT.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Another dyed ULA pack on 07/13/2012 08:23:47 MDT Print View


I have a question.

How is it that after dying your pack that the ULA and circuit embroidery stayed white and yellow respectively? ;-?

Party On,


Josh Thomas
(JtPeso) - M

Locale: Louisville, Ky
Re: Logo on 07/13/2012 13:20:54 MDT Print View

I think this was covered in the other thread (which is the only reason why I know it!), but the material the Logo is embroidered from (nylon, perhaps?) doesn't take dye. That's what pushed me over the edge of dyeing it. Not sure I'd want a completely monochromatic pack, but the color pops so well the way it turns out.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Another dyed ULA pack on 07/13/2012 13:45:10 MDT Print View

I've got to do this. Been saying that for 3 years now.

Chris Scala
(Scalawag) - F
GG on 07/13/2012 14:21:25 MDT Print View

Gonna do this later with my 2012 Gossamer Gear packs. I think they're going to look like some of the nicest ones I've seen yet. ULA and GG both have excellent quality control.

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Let me know how it goes ... on 07/13/2012 16:04:48 MDT Print View

I like the light gray okay. My buddy just had Zimmer build him a pack much like my beloved Mariposa 2012. Zimmer used a black dyneema. I think a dark blue like the OP's added to the GG dyneema would look great, unless it comes out looking like its been flushed down an airplane toilet.

Chris Scala
(Scalawag) - F
Gray on 07/13/2012 16:28:17 MDT Print View

I like the gray just fine too... but I'm a DIY dork and also love a minimalist black pack. So it's just an excuse for another project. :D

I always thought the black Dyneema X in the MLD packs looked cool too.