Chris Zimmer finished my custom ordered hip pack today. I designed and sketched it myself, including measurements, and used input from his vast gear-making experience to figure out where to use certain thicknesses of fabric, what size zipper to use, and how to attach the webbing belt.
The finished project is all Dyneema D40 (similar to DX40, without the black X ply yarn). It's designed to be worn while wearing a backpack, in the front or back, and the zipper is positioned to be easy to open behind my back while cycling.
I'll be using it primarily to hold frequently used items while cycling. I brush my teeth, apply sunscreen and lip balm, check my GPS, check my compass, adjust my helmet, tie bandannas, and eat meals while pedaling. I usually do this with my hands off the handlebars, so I can cover miles while doing basic stuff. Because of that, I need access to several items easily, without having to reach forward into a handlebar bag. I've used this system for thousands of miles, but in the process, i tore through or wore out 4 hip packs from TNF, Inov-8, and Patagonia.
This pack is overbuilt, with double Dyneema on the bottom and sides. It's 12" by 3" by 4", so almost 2.5l. Total weight: 4.5oz
While backpacking, it'll hold stuff that might rip a hipbelt pocket like a titanium spork and a small leatherman, and it'll hold small camera stuff like my lens cap. I'll also store stuff that I don't want to get too wet, like my phone and headlamp.
Without further ado, the pictures!
I want to thank Chris Zimmer for his hard work. I look forward to getting my first custom pack from him, since he was so easy to work with. I also want to thank the BPL forum for connecting me!
I'll post some reviews of it here when I use it, but I doubt anyone will be surprised. Zimmerbuilt's reputation speaks for itself.