Stephen M said: John,
So you made the pack yourself, how much time and money did you out in to it?
Not sure how much time I've got into it, to be honest. If I had to ballpark, I'd say somewhere in the range of ten to twenty hours of actual work, along with another ten to fifteen hours of research. That's for the Alpha and Beta models; I'm going to replace the shoulder straps and waist belt on the Beta model, which should take me another four to six hours if previous experience is any indication.
As to money, I have probably about two hundred, maybe two-forty into it. Most of that was in the prototyping stage (it's the first pack I've tried to make, so I had to learn a lot about sewing before it worked out); if I was to do it from scratch now, I could probably make one for an hundred, maybe hundred-twenty, total.
Honestly, it's probably cheaper and easier to buy one from MacEntyre. He's got the whole thing down, for sure. I just wanted to get a feel for how the design works and pay for it in installments as cash became available rather than all at once. Besides, I have the ability to point at it with pride and say, "I made that."