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Thru-hiker Liberty Ridge Shell

in Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell

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5.00 / 5 (3 reviews)

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mark henley
( flash582 )
Thru-hiker Liberty Ridge Shell on 02/22/2007 08:29:50 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I have made a few sewing projects, several quilts, and about a zillion stuff sacks, but this was the first time I attempted a piece of clothing.

The pattern that AYCE provides is very well thought out, great instructions, and plenty of material. Even with my rudimentary sewing skills I found this a fairly straightforward project.

I made a sample out of $1 Walmart nylon to begin with, and if you've never made clothing before, this is a great idea.

It's a great piece of gear with a bit of personality, and I loved it so much I'm getting ready to make a replacement due to a burn on my original.

$30 for top of the line materials for the replacement top is a BARGAIN.

Lynn Tramper
( retropump )

The Antipodes of La Coruna
perfect on 01/15/2008 13:06:16 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I made one of these out of 0.85 nylon for my partner. When I finished I realized the pattern was identical to my Montane Aero Smock (my favorite piece of clothing) except slightly LIGHTER (75 grams). Very nice pattern, very nice fabric. Has been in heavy use for 2 years and still in great shape.

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Jeremy Cleaveland
( jeremy11 )

Exploring San Juan talus
amazing, one of my favorite pieces of gear! on 01/16/2008 10:57:55 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I've made two of these, both with a full #3 ykk molded tooth zipper and hood. the first was from 1.1 oz dwr, the second from 1.1 oz teflon dwr. I normally use the non-telfon due to its greater breathability. The pattern and directions make this a reasonable project for anyone with a bit of sewing experience (I'd recommend making some stuff sacks and the Liberty Ridge Pants or a tarp first). The pattern is great, and customizable to your needs - adding the full zip and hood was straightforward. I am continually impressed by the durability and utility of my LR windcoats. the green (non-teflon) has seen many miles of backpacking, dayhiking, trail running, and biking, and only has a few little holes from thorns - and that just adds to the breathability. It fits in a pocket or tied around my waist, and is usually the first piece of extra clothing to come. The hikes where I've brought just the raingear and not the LR shell, I've really been sorry. the pattern and finished product are excellent, and the savings is huge over commercial windcoats, especially when making the pattern again. after getting both the LR windcoat and windpants kits, I've made another pair of each (with hood) for 3 yards total of fabric, plus notions! that's about $40 for customized ultralight windgear with the fabric and features of your choice, plus the fun of making it and the freedom from commercial gear.
Thanks AYCE!

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