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ZimmerBuilt Custom HMG Porter Water Bottle Pockets
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Seth Brewer
(Whistler) - MLife

ZimmerBuilt Custom HMG Porter Water Bottle Pockets on 11/13/2012 15:43:03 MST Print View

Wanted some pockets that I could fit insulated water bottles in for the winter and that would match the white of the Porter. This is his genius design that he came up with for me with white Xpac (I think) to mostly match the white theme.ZB1

Another viewZB2

Features a slanted top to access bottles easier while walking, with a toggle and drawcord so they can be closed when full of gear or snacks, attachments to slick-clips right onto the daisy chains on the sidesZB3
Looking at the back to show the clipsZB4

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: ZimmerBuilt Custom HMG Porter Water Bottle Pockets on 11/13/2012 16:52:08 MST Print View

Those look too nice to use!

He really does some amazing work.

jason quick

Locale: A tent in my backyard - Melbourne
Pocket envy on 11/13/2012 16:52:08 MST Print View

They are darn sexy.

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Nice! on 11/13/2012 18:21:47 MST Print View

Chris and I had just been emailing back and forth on this same exact design (except in Dyneema X) for the Porter pack over the last couple of weeks. Seems I'm not the only one!

Looking forward to getting mine too.

I've seen a slight variation he made for someone else for their HMG Expedition pack, but haven't heard any reports on how well they worked out yet.

Thanks for sharing.

Christopher Yi
(TRAUMAhead) - F

Locale: Cen Cal
Re: ZimmerBuilt Custom HMG Porter Water Bottle Pockets on 11/13/2012 22:56:35 MST Print View

Any shots of them on the pack?

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: Re: ZimmerBuilt Custom HMG Porter Water Bottle Pockets on 11/14/2012 16:16:05 MST Print View

Any feedback on how they perform? I have a Porter in route, and if I don't build my own (which I don't see myself having much time for for the next few months), I'll just buy some.

I really like these.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: the Dyneema X Version on 11/18/2012 21:00:42 MST Print View

Thanks for the tip. I had Chris do a set for me in Dyneema. I'll eventually dye them in black to match the rest of the pack, and I had him add a grommet for the drainage. Here are the obligatory pics:




Mike H
zpacks! on 11/19/2012 01:33:42 MST Print View

I ordered some from Joe and they're awesome - really enjoyed them on the trail with enough room to fit 2 smart water 1L bottles. I'll post some pics soon, basically they are the cuben pockets he normally uses with a cuben back piece. Very similar in shape and design to these Zimmerbuilt pockets, but attachments using waxy cord with 1/8 mini cord locks.

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Dyneema pockets on 11/19/2012 09:09:29 MST Print View

Mine look just like Clayton's except my pockets are bellowed at the bottom (think pleated) so that they will lay flat(ter) against the pack when not holding a bottle.

Here's the pics from Chris of the completed pockets:




And here's a few pics of them on one of our HMG Porters:




They appear to fit the pack dimensions well and attach securely. I tossed a couple of 1L bottles in the pockets and stuffed a couple of sleeping bags in the pack and just walked around the house with it a little. The pockets didn't flop around at all and the bottles stayed securely in place.

Very pleased with the results. Looking forward to putting them to real use.

Edited by NickB on 11/26/2012 15:02:18 MST.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Taking over on 11/19/2012 09:43:00 MST Print View

My theory is that Zimmer is going to put all the other cottage companies out of business someday.

scree ride
New Porter water bottle pocket on 10/23/2013 16:42:38 MDT Print View\

A little disappointed.

scree ride
New offering from HMG on 10/24/2013 11:46:37 MDT Print View

Fast reply from Zimmer. For the same price, lighter weight than HMG's new offering and my crackers won't fall out.

"I have built 2 different types of Porter pockets, the ones like Nico's that are pleated and one like Seth Brewer's at the top of the link you sent, that are more 3D shaped/square bottom. Both clip to the packs webbing the same. The 3D shaped ones will hold the bottle lower in the pocket because of the flatter bottom where the pleated one will carry the bottle a little higher, but will lay flatter when not in use. I find the 3D pockets to hold a bottle nicer because it sits lower. The 3D shaped pocket weighs 3oz for a pair and the pleated ones weigh 2.75oz less a pair.

The pockets are $25 each plus $4 shipping.

I can build them in either black Dyneema X or White Xpac if you want to match the pack color.

If your interested in a pair just let me know which ones and what material and I will send you a paypal invoice for the total.

Thanks again for your interest,

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: New offering from HMG on 10/24/2013 16:03:56 MDT Print View

I love my Zimmerbuilt pockets. I thought I might take them on and off as necessary--and I did for one trip--, but they work so well I just leave them on all the time now. They're excellent and a good place to store water, maps, and a few other small items I might need throughout the day.

scree ride
Thanks on 10/24/2013 17:14:08 MDT Print View

Thanks Clayton. That's exactly the feedback I was looking for. I was probably just going to copy yours. The pleats may be kind of restricting. I figure I could always put a rubber band around them if they hang out too much. I like the Dyneema, don't know if I'd want it to match the pack, I do think the white might keep my water cooler though.

As you can see everything would fall out of the HMG pockets. Even the water bottle is tied in. Knowing me, I'd probably catch a branch on it and rip the side of my pack off.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: Thanks on 10/24/2013 17:23:37 MDT Print View

Yeah--I don't see the need for pleats. The dyneema is tough and hasn't snagged on anything. The Porter has enough of a narrow profile that it's never been an issue.

I do think that the black will look sharper, and I wouldn't worry about it heating up your water. If it's that warm, your cold water won't be preserved anyway.

Edited by GlacierRambler on 10/24/2013 21:20:59 MDT.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Still H2O on 10/24/2013 21:17:17 MDT Print View

Warm water hydrates just as well as cold, kids!

In all seriousness, Zimmer is the man. His products are always top of the line. I'd love to see if he can rig a similar holder that works on a shoulder strap to redistribute weight.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: New Porter water bottle pocket on 10/24/2013 21:25:20 MDT Print View

That link is dead. Pockets not shown on the website.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: Re: New Porter water bottle pocket on 10/24/2013 21:26:50 MDT Print View

Ken, delete the slash at the end. It's an error.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: New Porter water bottle pocket on 10/24/2013 21:34:07 MDT Print View

$25 for that!?! Pass. Disappointing is an understatement

A buttonhole would be lighter than a grommet.

scree ride
belt pockets on 10/26/2013 06:56:45 MDT Print View

HMG sold me on the Zimmer pockets. Black Dyneema X with a button hole. Thanks for the thread and the replies.

Working on a set of belt pockets as well. Zimmer's clips are for 1" strap, the Porter has 1.5". The positioning is a bit different as well.

belt pocket