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Mike D.
(mpd1690) - F
New Dual-Stay Winter Pack on 11/20/2012 17:16:55 MST Print View

I finished this one up the other day. I had sketched the idea a while back, and finally got around to making it. I wanted a larger volume pack that I could use this winter. I put a beaver tail on it to allow for expansion. I will be able to use it as a pocket almost, but I think it will add a bit more versatility. I went with dual stays inside. I decide to contour the bottom to tighten the load carrying a bit. I chose to eliminate the typical front-side panel seams to take away more opportunities for water to enter.

The lid is removable. I set it up so that I could have the top dry bag style, connected down to the sides (like an HMG pack), or with a lid. I like having the versatility to change the pack as I need.

The pack is made 210 denier laminated ripstop. The beavertail is Dyneema Grid from Dan Mchale. The bottom is DX-40.



Here it is with the a fishing net in the beavertail


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Edited by mpd1690 on 11/20/2012 17:20:38 MST.

Adam Kramer
(rbeard) - F

Locale: ATL, Southern Appalachia
impressive on 11/20/2012 17:28:41 MST Print View

looks great.

Christopher Zimmer
(czimmer) - F

Locale: Ohio
Re: New Dual-Stay Winter Pack on 11/20/2012 17:47:42 MST Print View

Great looking pack Michael! You have a lot of really nice features on this pack, as well as a great color combo, I like it. That hip belt is no joke either, it looks like 100% comfy padded hip hugging goodness!

John G
(JohnG10) - F

Locale: Mid-Atlantic via Upstate NY
weight? on 11/20/2012 18:09:57 MST Print View

Looks like a great design. What does it weigh?

Mike D.
(mpd1690) - F
Re: weight? on 11/20/2012 19:24:17 MST Print View

Thanks everyone.

I figured that if I am going to put a hipbelt for load transfer, I might as well make it substantial. My other pack is so small and hipbeltless, so I wanted something a bit different. Hipbelt is 5 inches tall. I'm excited to see how the 210d works out. It is pretty cool stuff. It has a polyurethane laminate (not coating), which I thought was pretty interesting. I'm hoping that it strikes a good balance between the weight of VX21 and Dyneema grid coating issues.

The pack weighs 28.6 ounces fully loaded on my scale. That includes lid, two stays, and a foam back panel. With everything removed (minus the foam. I didn't want to remove it then put it back in) 19.7 ounces.

Edited by mpd1690 on 11/20/2012 19:40:35 MST.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: winter pack on 11/21/2012 10:11:49 MST Print View

Looks good Mike.

Mike D.
(mpd1690) - F
Re: re: winter pack on 11/21/2012 10:20:21 MST Print View

Thank you David. Im excited to test it out.