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Daniel Saunders
(Boulderman) - F

Locale: Front Range
First MYOG pack on 06/09/2013 20:00:10 MDT Print View

Here are some pics of my first myog pack. The intent of this project was to see if I could indeed make my own pack! I used some extra uncoated, un-calendared 1.1 ripstop I had from a previous project, and some plastic parts from DIY Gear Supply. It has a double-layered bottom, a pad pocket, 1/8" foam shoulder straps (3" wide). I used french seams which was a lot more work than necessary, but looks nice all over. 3.0 oz!

Overall, I'm happy with how it turned out and learned a lot! The pack fits great and is comfortable with a SUL load. I don't know if I'll ever actually use this pack; the 1.1 I used is kinda weak, and I'm not 100% confident in my shoulder strap connection. However, it's probably strong enough for a safe, on-trail overnighter.

Things for next time: Make the side pockets taller, maybe try a mesh front, figure out a more secure connection between pack & shoulder strap, use an easier seam than a french seam (but still need to protect the fabric edge).

Any comments/suggestions welcome!




strap detail

strap back detail

pad pocket


todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: First MYOG pack on 06/09/2013 20:41:47 MDT Print View

Hi Daniel,

I can't speak to the strap attachment points, but I, too, would make the side pockets taller.

But man, that tall, slim profile is going to feel sweet breezing down the trail!!! I like the bungee attachment, the strap shape, and you really fit it well to your torso length.

And definitely not nitpicking, but just a suggestion: I would remove the pad sleeve. The pad won't move around inside, so just put it where you want it each time. Wait - it will be harder to remove the pad at rest stops if you remove the sleeve, so if that's important to you just ignore me!

Thanks for sharing.


Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Nice Pack on 06/09/2013 20:53:48 MDT Print View

Very nice, especially impressive since its your first try! I would be extremely embarrassed to post my first effort at pack making, took me a couple tries to get it right.

For your next try I'd suggest some slightly heavier fabric like 2.2 oz nylon. It will be a lot easier to sew then silnylon. I might just attach the water bottles to my shoulder straps rather then make side pockets. Not because side pockets are bad, just because they are such a hassle to make.

Daniel Saunders
(Boulderman) - F

Locale: Front Range
Thanks on 06/12/2013 17:17:45 MDT Print View

Thanks for the comments guys! I'm looking forward to making my next one. I have some more substantial materials laying around that I'll play with.