Just a FYI on Luke's post about "not [being able to] sew it with a normal home machine" ...
First Background: A few years ago, I did an extensive revision on my wife's Kelty White Cloud, per her "wish list" on how the pack should have been designed :-)
Sewing the Fabric - I used a regular, normal sewing machine (the 2nd cheapest Singer at Walmart) and it worked fine. I did not use the heavy duty thread, as that caused it to jam occasionally (and very annoyingly). So, I used regular gauge thread and doubled up, sometimes tripled up on sewing lines for the seams. Result: after 4 years worth of use, the seams are holding up just fine.