Seems like I rarely have time to tackle big projects lately, but I had fun doing these small ones to solve a few gear quandaries.
I've been looking for small summit packs to take for side hikes on layover days. We tried the Sea to Summit "Ultra-Sil" daypack but the straps are horrible; I'm not convinced it was designed to actually carry anything. We really like the REI Flash 18 but they're pretty heavy. I made these from 1.9oz silnylon (which feels a lot more robust than the 1.1oz sil) and thru-hiker 3D Mesh for the straps. They weigh 2.8 oz (only 0.4oz more than the Sea to Summit packs.)
Quest had some 2-layer Hi-Vent fabric that looked interesting, so I made this simple anorak. I really love this fabric! Very breathable, really nice soft drape. Weighs 4.3 oz.
I think I've finally found my pillow solution. I'm a side sleeper and like soft thick pillows. I've tried them ALL... and the only one I've liked is the old Thermarest foam ones that I use for car camping. But they weigh 7oz. So, I made a hybrid pillow attached to a pillow case. The pillow part is lined with climashield and filled with about a 1/3 of the Thermarest pillow foam pieces. In the picture, the top pillow has my Montbell down inner stuffed in the case part, the bottom pillow shows the pillowcase back. Made from 1.1oz nylon. 3.4oz each.