Truthfully it takes me a day or two to build most packs from start to finish. So 8 weeks was just a hypothetical number..
At first the lead time would probably be 2-3 weeks from order time as I would have to fit pack building in to my current schedule and would have to stock up on more materials.. My guess is after I start selling these the lead time would increase as there will be ALOT of people that want them. Since I am currently a one man operation I am sure I won't be able to keep up with demand so this is where I came up with the longer lead times. But if I have that much demand for these packs, I would look to hire some help as I really would like to expand my business.
Before I posted this forum 10 months ago, I was always against selling custom built gear as its much faster to build something in bulk.. Like maybe 20 packs at a time since the time to build one would be cut in 1/2 or maybe even less.. But I feel like the allure to this whole thing would be that each pack could be semi-custom. Basically built for the user and their needs.. Because after all no two people are built alike and everyone has a different need.. I guess the best way to describe the process would be like how you customize a vehicle online. Choose the model, the size, the colors, and all the features that you need.
One thing that might be of interest to some people is that my packs are essentially 100% Rain Proof.. Rather than encasing the fabric edges in 1" grosgrain tape like almost all packs are. I actually use a seam tape to make the seam semi-waterproof... The PU used in hot melt seam tapes melt at a higher temp than the PET film used in Xpac so I use a very aggresive 1" wide roll adhesive with fabric tape on the top. It really finishes the inside of the pack off nice, adds strength to the seams and makes the pack 100% rainproof. This does take extra time, but I think its well worth it...
All that said, I have now received quite a few requests for the above Multicam pack asking the price and how soon they could have one. I have been kicking it around all day and as it sits, the model in the photo with Multicam would cost $250.00. Lets call the pack model the Ultra 35.. I could do the same pack in VX21 200d for $235.00 as the material is a little less costly. The VX21 is a 200d Xpac and comes in a ton of colors (varieties of black, gray, blue, red, orange, yellow, etc) and for those of you who really want the best possible pack and want a white pack., I could do $300.00 in Dyneema D40/DX40 which is dyneema/polyester blend. Warp: 400d Dyneema, Fill: 125d polyester, Rip Stop: 800d Dyneema on warp and fill.
If anyone is interested, send me an email and we can discuss further..