I posting this in MYOG, though it's more of a group of questions that may lead me to SEMMOG (Someone Else Modify My Own Gear).
I am the proud owner of a new-to-me Integral Designs eVent Overbag. I really like the roominess and the material really does seem top-notch. Getting in and out of it is exactly what I expected - I need to do the "bivy wiggle" due to the opening only at the top. If that's the way it needs to be, that's just fine. We can skip any discussion about how I should have bought the bivy I want instead of exploring modification, I'm just asking questions here. Sorry if that seems bratty, I've just seen some threads turn into that. :)
It would be great if there was a zipper on one side, maybe 36 - 48" long that would fold back for ease of use. If you're familiar with the ID Overbag, the "headhole" cinches shut with cords. I don't see any reason that I'd want to change that.
I'm hoping that those of you out there with MUCH more experience than I can help with these questions...
- Are there any eVent specific concerns about opening up a seam and putting in a zipper? Is there a specific thread that needs to be used?
- I've looked at all of the waterproof zipper threads I can find, but I'm still kind of confused. I will be using this bivy in winter ONLY. Not rain. Is a WP zipper necessary?
- Has anyone else done this?
- Here comes the kicker....I CAN'T SEW! With that said, I know that sometimes some cottage folks will make gear mods even on items they didn't sell. Anyone know of someone that would do this? I don't really want to drop this off to my local tailor.
Thanks in advance. And go easy on me, I'm not a pro.
EDITED for spelling