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Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Make or Buy on 08/26/2012 15:04:19 MDT Print View

If I was looking for a pack with these specs I think I would buy rather than make it. I don't think I could make this pack for less than REI is selling it.....unless I counted by time at zero. It weighs under 12 ounces.


Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Make or Buy on 08/26/2012 15:38:34 MDT Print View

I think you are correct. Would have better resale value than a MYOG pack too if it did not work out.

Re: Make or Buy on 08/26/2012 18:37:48 MDT Print View

One of the joys of living in Australia - by the time I've paid for shipping on materials I can usually find a good deal selling what I was going to make cheaper than I could do it myself..... and without the risk of botching the job completely.....

Sean Rhoades

Locale: WV
Re: Re: Make or Buy on 08/28/2012 13:12:40 MDT Print View

MYOG gives me the joy of being hand made by me. But for the price of that pack, I say bust out the plastic and don't look back!

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Make or Buy on 08/28/2012 16:10:21 MDT Print View

You will find that if folk were completely honest about the total cost of their DIY (that is including prototypes, extra tools bought to do the job, postage (particularly when not in the USA) and the leftovers) very rarely the project would be less expensive than buying , however if you do it as a hobby and for the satisfaction of having a custom made item, that is an entirely different matter.

Chris Muthig
(cmuthig) - M

Locale: Georgia
Hobby on 08/28/2012 16:55:02 MDT Print View

I would have to agree with Franco about the cost in most cases. There are some projects that this does not hold true for, such as synthetic quilts, but not many.

However, the important part is the making of the gear for me. Long ago MYOG was a way for me to get gear that I could be happy with and proud of. At this point though, I make gear because I enjoy making it. It is a hobby in itself, and one that has actually started to take up more time than my backpacking.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Hobby on 08/28/2012 17:18:51 MDT Print View


It is definitely a hobby for me too. I'm only interested in making something that isn't available, however. If somebody has already made it and it meets my needs then I'll buy it.

So I guess I don't actually like the process of making gear (sewing, cutting, glueing, etc.) I like thinking of new ideas that might work for me but the actual making of the gear is simply a means to an end........the end being the functional implementation of the idea. That's probably why most of my myog works but looks like crap.

I really admire the beauty and workmanship of many of the myog shared here but my projects will not be getting any of those awards.


Re: Re: Hobby on 08/28/2012 19:15:52 MDT Print View

Well I can at least say that, so far, my MYOG attempts have brought a lot of enjoyment..... my Girlfriend hasn't laughed so hard in years :)

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: Re: Hobby on 08/28/2012 20:35:39 MDT Print View


My myog projects have also been met with laughter...... and fear. People who know me laugh but people who meet me on the trail often look fearful.

My wife is a normal looking person so that helps reduce some of the fear. She is also able to observe people's reaction and give me feedback.

According to her the typical reaction from someone coming from the other direction is to walk by without making eye contact with me. Then they turn their heads in a backward direction with a ""what the heck was that"" look.

Perhaps a photo will illustrate my point. This is a multiuse foam hat/sit pad.



Edited by lyrad1 on 08/28/2012 20:49:56 MDT.

David Miles
(davidmiles) - F

Locale: Eastern Sierra
MYOG Laughter on 08/29/2012 13:35:37 MDT Print View

I will gladly buy gear when I find someone already makes what I looking for.
If someone else had made bivy sack for me and my gear, then I would have just bought one.
Oh, then I would still have a garage :(

Laughter: My wife loves to tell everyone how I look sewing with a headlamp.