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Thaddaeus Wharton
(Thadjw) - MLife
Want to give a shout out to Zimmerpacks on 09/16/2013 22:34:44 MDT Print View

Got two custom backpacks -- one lighter and one heavier / slightly larger for long trips -- excellent construction and quality. I will look his way again for any pack purchases. Good communication with him as well. Great packs!

And E
(LunchANDYnner) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
picture on 09/16/2013 22:51:42 MDT Print View

Pictures! They're worth a thousands words, they say!

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: picture on 09/17/2013 08:28:02 MDT Print View

How funny you posted this today...I just got my photos of my hopeful PCT pack and I'm terribly excited to give it a try. I would have thought it intimidating to do a custom pack, but it turns out I really do know what I want, and Chris was able to help me tweak that into this masterpiece. And a big thank you to a fellow BPLer (thanks Robert!) who I met on the JMT and drooled over his version of this pack, which he swears carries a bearikade without your even knowing its there.


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Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: picture on 09/17/2013 08:43:19 MDT Print View

Jennifer,

Would it be possible for you to provide info on weight, capacity and cost?

Nice looking packs.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Re: Re: picture on 09/17/2013 09:13:08 MDT Print View

Sure.

Pack is made of XPac for improved waterproofness
Orange pocket on straps is padded for my glasses
Not exactly sure how to do volume for it (it isn't yet in my hands...) but dimensions are 22" high, 8.5" deep (to accommodate the canister) and 11.5" wide. Then I've got the large pockets all around...

Weight with removable frame and all pockets is 33 oz, but Chris said there is a lot of excess strap to be cut. A little heavier than I'd hoped for, but I'm pleased with the waterproofness of the XPac. Also easier to pack and live out of than dyneema X, so for a thru hike pack should be worth it.

Price was $340 with all the trimmings. It starts at $230 for the basic pack, but as I added the lid and pockets and a frame etc etc it goes up (you pay per addition).

And seriously, I know how people love to rave around here about customer service, but Chris really was wonderful to work with.

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Re: picture on 09/17/2013 09:18:00 MDT Print View

Does the pack model have a name? (where would I find the closest to this on his site?)

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: picture on 09/17/2013 09:22:56 MDT Print View

The base model is the half dome. Half dome Perkins and half dome Tilly were the closest on his site to what we came up with for mine, but you really do give him the dimensions, additions, pockets you want...colors (the orange cord was my idea :) everything.

You can also mix models if you choose...

I wanted a tall pocket on one side for my shelter, then the shorter one for water and water treatment and whatever else.

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Details please on 09/17/2013 09:25:17 MDT Print View

That's all we need. More pictures of gear to invest our paychecks on ... er, I mean, blow our paychecks. Got ... to ... resist ...

Seriously though, what fabric is on the underside of the new Zimmerbuilts? Notice it's different than the rest of the pack (been browsing some pack fabric threads).

Edited by hknewman on 09/17/2013 09:26:08 MDT.

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: picture on 09/17/2013 09:43:29 MDT Print View

Jennifer,

Thanks for the info. Very helpful.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Details please on 09/17/2013 10:05:20 MDT Print View

The pack body is VX07, the bottom and the front (back?) are VX21.
Both are XPac


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Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Details please on 09/17/2013 10:16:38 MDT Print View

Niiiiice.

Jennifer, is there a frame?

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Re: Re: Details please on 09/17/2013 10:52:56 MDT Print View

Yep. Removable aluminum U stay (looks like Gossamer Gears to me), and a small internal sleeve for a CC pad.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Details please on 09/17/2013 11:20:21 MDT Print View

Carrying capabilities? I've been looking a little at a new pack for winter trips. I keep forgetting when I'm home for the weekend to measure the volume of my winter gear to get an idea of the cubic inches I need. My old Epperson pack was supposed to be around 5500 I believe. I'll have to shoot Zimmerpacks an email to see if they can make a winter pack that can carry shoes, shovel,when needed, top loader, close to 5000 ci and do in comfortably, maybe around 30-35 lbs.
Duane

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Weight carrying capacity for Zimmer frame? on 09/23/2013 17:39:05 MDT Print View

I've been in contact with Chris about a winter pack. How much have folks carried comfortably in there pack? I should be 30-35 or so for winter trips in the snow.
Thoughts of Xpac over Dyneema for wear and tear? Doesn't really matter if it is more waterproof, seems all packs leak anyway.
Duane

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Carrying Ability on 09/23/2013 17:47:20 MDT Print View

I also have a Zimmerbuilt pack and like it a lot. I've never carried more then 20 pounds or so on the trail but I've done short hikes with up to 40 pounds in it for testing. The limiting factor for me is not the frame but the hipbelt. Around about 35 pounds the hipbelt starts to collapse and put more weight on your shoulders. 35 pounds is sort of tolerable but 40 is miserable.

This is not a knock on Chris, he made exactly what I asked. I think a different hipbelt design (my fault) might improve carrying a bit but 35 pounds is probably about the limit. Packs they carry more then 35 pounds usually have a beefier frame and hipbelt.

Chad Eagle
(Eaglesd)

Locale: SoCal
Zimmer +1 on 09/23/2013 18:26:20 MDT Print View

I had Chris build me a pack recently and I would say it was one of the easiest transactions I have ever had. To be able to end up with exactly what you had in mind when you entered into the process is awesome. I have had worse luck ordering breakfast at a restaurant of late.

I just got back from a four day cross country trip in the southern Sierras and was very pleased with the pack. It was my first pack with a frame since I traded in my old traditional internal framed monster. It was very nice to get some transfer to the hips. The only negative was that the X-Pac on the bottom and side pockets did not get along with the Sierra granite and I have a few holes to patch up.

All in all, I would buy another pack from Chris in a heartbeat and will recommend him to anyone looking for a pack.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Carrying Ability on 09/23/2013 19:42:34 MDT Print View

Thank you. I'd need this for Fall trips too, out in late Sept or early Oct. Loaded with more clothes, warmer coat. I've tried to get lighter gear, but the colder weather trips seem to cause heavier packs. Summer, I'm mid 20's for a week and a liter or so of water. At least a newer pack will lose me 1.5 to 2 pounds of pack weight. My 20+ year old Epperson pack is 5 lbs. Just wonder if a HMG pack could be customized, I've read they handle more weight.
Duane

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re Carrying Ability on 09/23/2013 20:16:08 MDT Print View

I imagine a HMG pack would be a better bet for weight. Don't get me wrong Chris was great to work with, he made exactly what I asked. The basic design he uses has limitations inherent to that design not his work. You could try to have him make something different but reinventing the wheel might be more trouble then its worth.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Carrying Ability on 09/23/2013 20:51:37 MDT Print View

I think I need about another 600 ci over what the biggest HMG pack comes in at. The cuben fiber pack HMG makes is the same price Zimmer quoted with the volume I want I think in Xpac material. HMG is gonna be a pound lighter at least.
Duane

Robert Perkins
(rp3957) - M

Locale: The Sierras
Zimmerbuilt Packs on 09/23/2013 22:40:26 MDT Print View

Another shout-out to how easy Chris was to work with! I have had my pack for two summers and it looks brand new, and that is with a partial SHR cross country trip, a JMT hike, and some bushwhacking in Yosemite this summer, and several extended weekend excursions with it. The most I have carried in it was 25+ lbs at the start of my JMT hike last summer. It carried fine at that weight, but I wouldn't want to take it over 30 lbs, IMO. What I liked best is how Chris took the dimensions of my Bearikade Weekender and other positive traits of previous backpacks I'd owned, and tailored them to what I wanted in a pack. It is not a major load hauler, but it wasn't intended to be one as my weeklong kit has shrunk significantly over the years.

Jennifer- Enjoy that pack on the PCT! I'm looking forward to hearing more about your trip next summer!