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Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Chris Zimmer Pack for Heavy Loads on 03/04/2014 18:45:36 MST Print View

Chris Zimmer just sent me pictures of an awesome new pack he completed for me. Here are the pictures.

Pack

Pack 2

Pack3

I chose VX42 for the main body of the pack. Its heavy but it is supposed to have both good abrasion resistance and good water resistance. The red is Cordura 500. Total weight according to Chris is 31 oz. My old pack with normal VX21 was 28 oz so for 3 oz I gained a lot more durability.

If you look closely you can see the top of the stay channel above the red pocket. Its basically the design suggested by David in his article "Flexible Ultralight Frames."


This pack is designed to hopefully fill two totally different roles. One is to haul minimal gear and lots of water into the Guadaluple Mountains. Since I moved to West Texas this area has become my stomping grounds. Hiking there means carrying a lot of water.


The second role is for backpacking trips in the Northern Rockies over summer break. I'll be carrying less water and a lot more food. I'm looking at several week long trips in areas where resupply won't be easy.

Hopefully its gets here in time for a test run over spring break. Thanks to all who offered ideas.

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: Chris Zimmer Pack for Heavy Loads on 03/04/2014 19:37:10 MST Print View

Great looking pack. Was the red cordura a special order? I've been thinking of a larger pack if I ever get back into winter backpacking and a red/black combo would nice fit the bill.

Adam Kilpatrick
(oysters) - MLife

Locale: South Australia
Re: Chris Zimmer Pack for Heavy Loads on 03/04/2014 19:42:23 MST Print View

Looks very, very nice!

What is the approximate volume?

Cheers

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Chris Zimmer Pack for Heavy Loads on 03/04/2014 19:47:48 MST Print View

Really nice looking pack Luke. Kudos to you and Chris.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re Re Chris Zimmer Pack for Heavy Loads on 03/04/2014 20:30:26 MST Print View

The red cordura was a special order as was the VX42. I think the volume is something like 2200 cubic inches. Its basically the same dimensions as my first Zimmerbuilt pack which was about perfect. This one should have a much improved hipbelt. The red part is a pad sleave for a sit matt. I think these two together will improve the carry quiet a bit.

Adam Kilpatrick
(oysters) - MLife

Locale: South Australia
hipbelt plus pad plus stay on 03/04/2014 21:33:19 MST Print View

Should make for a good ride, I agree.

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
Wrong forum on 03/04/2014 22:10:56 MST Print View

This needs to be moved to gear, nothing to do with MYOG

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Wrong forum on 03/04/2014 22:14:42 MST Print View

No need for an additional thread either as this is the end to this one

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=87666

Adam Kilpatrick
(oysters) - MLife

Locale: South Australia
Pedantic whining belongs in chaff on 03/04/2014 22:25:29 MST Print View

Take it there, I'm tired of hearing it.

And go out and get some sun this long northern winter if you can find it, it will do you good ;-)

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Wrong forum on 03/04/2014 22:34:42 MST Print View

Yes, let's just post anything anywhere. And let's not give any of the posts titles either.

Chaff.

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: Re: Wrong forum on 03/04/2014 22:53:47 MST Print View

Think there are bigger things in life to worry about and didn't notice (i.e. not really caring to be honest) … although maybe a "design" forum for both custom and MYOG would work out? A place where everyone can post their own plans and drawings, exchange ideas, etc.. … should be easy to moderate.

Edited by hknewman on 03/04/2014 23:01:14 MST.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
K.C. on 03/04/2014 22:56:47 MST Print View

K.C. I thought about putting it under gear but its sort of a MYOG project in that I had to come up with a design that would work (with help from David's article) and Chris is making it himself. Any MYOG enthusiast with a sturdy sewing machine could copy it. That is why I thought it fit here. Honestly I threw it up kinda fast after a hectic day and may have been sloppy, my bad.

Edited by Cameron on 03/05/2014 20:24:28 MST.

Adam Kilpatrick
(oysters) - MLife

Locale: South Australia
"Design" or "Custom gear" on 03/04/2014 23:10:03 MST Print View

If you want to be pedantic, there isn't really a good forum category for this. You could argue its MYOG due to the design aspect, but then it ended up being carried out by someone on behalf of the owner/designer.

I'd like to just appreciate the pack itself. The gear itself. The skill itself. Etc. I get a bit bored of hearing complaining about a community forum, sometimes I agree with it, but other times, when its in this case, its just complaining about someone providing good content to the site for others to benefit from/admire/etc.

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Wrong forum on 03/05/2014 06:49:10 MST Print View

"Think there are bigger things in life to worry about "

It's the little things that matter.

"should be easy to moderate."

Like that happens here.


With all the complaints about searching this site for information. Any help should be appreciated.

Chaff

Edited by kthompson on 03/05/2014 06:51:04 MST.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Chris Zimmer Pack for Heavy Loads on 03/05/2014 08:38:58 MST Print View

Great looking pack. Weird thread.

J J
(jraiderguy) - M

Locale: Puget Sound
Thread looks normal to me on 03/05/2014 09:17:01 MST Print View

Looks like a nice choice of contrasting white stitching.

:P

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Thread looks normal to me on 03/05/2014 09:18:26 MST Print View

I knew that comment would be forthcoming....LOL.

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
Jeez on 03/05/2014 20:14:17 MST Print View

I'm not complaining, I'm helping. The pack is great and will get more recognition as deserved, over in gear where everybody else posts their Zimmer packs. I have owned Chris's packs, I design all my own packs his ways. I get most all my hardware from Chris.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - M

Locale: NW Montana
Re: Jeez on 03/05/2014 20:23:11 MST Print View

Very cool. Really digging it. I love my Porter, but I always keep toying around with the idea of having Chris do something up for me.

Is the hipbelt removable? It looks like it is in the photos, but I can't tell completely. If so, that's a great feature choice. I'd worry about that hipbelt for heavier loads (doesn't look stiff enough to me), but for lighter ones, it would be ideal. Either way, if it works, you're set. If not, you always have options to swap it out.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: Chris Zimmer Pack for Heavy Loads on 03/05/2014 20:32:21 MST Print View

Looks great Luke.

I'm impressed as heck by Chris and his custom work. He takes a lot on by working with people on some pretty custom designs, and seems to deliver solidly. Not an easy thing to do, let alone at the speed and pricepoint he manages.