Day Pack Build

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Iodo
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Day Pack Build

Postby Iodo » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:38 pm

So far I've been for afternoon walks in kit which this relies on not needing to bring anything much. To be able to go on full day hikeing trips in kit I definitely needed a smallish pack, when I first started thinking about it a while ago I came up with a list of requirements:

    Reasonably small but big enough for a pack lunch, flask and coat
    Not to heavy when empty
    Some smaller pockets both inside and out, to keep smaller items safe
    Reasonable water resistance
    Earth tone/green color scheme
    Easy to use fastenings
    Points on the outside to tie extra things to

Starting point
I didn't really want to make it from scratch, the main reason being I never managed to get hold of fabric thick enough, on Saturday I found a bag in a thrift store that seemed to match my size requirement, and almost match my looks requirement.

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The downside being it was untreated cotton and not even slightly waterproof, all the leather trim was fake and nasty and it had a cheep scratchy nylon lineing

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However I liked the simple design and plain webbing straps

Modifications I made
The first thing I did was strip the fake leather trim and nasty lineing out (which I kept for the paturn to remake the lineing later). While it was nothing more that a shell I took the opertunity to wax it, which darkened the fabric a lot, and gave it reasonable waterproofing (still not great because the weave is quite loose, but it seemed to help). Then I stitched a new strip of thick fabrick at the top to work as the draw string, and lined it with some grey linen I had left over from a previous project (now the inside of my bag matches my trousers :P ).

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Finally, the finishing touches were to put a real leather strap buckle on the front ( made from an old belt), leather straps on the smaller pockets (which will be fastened by buttons when I find some I like) and brass eyelets for the drawstring.

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And add all my stuff:

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The only thing left to do is work out how to wear a pack with a cloak, both frodo and Sam seem to manage it in lotr, although I think that's movie magic, for now I think I'll stick to ether/or :mrgreen:
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Aragorn: It's the beards.
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Re: Day Pack Build

Postby SierraStrider » Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:13 pm

Seems like a pack of that size would fit under a cloak quite easily.

Nice design. It seems hard to make a backpack that looks appropriate, but I think you've done a good job.
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Re: Day Pack Build

Postby Iodo » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:36 pm

SierraStrider wrote:Seems like a pack of that size would fit under a cloak quite easily.

Nice design. It seems hard to make a backpack that looks appropriate, but I think you've done a good job.

Thanks :P yes I can wear it under a cloak easily and am probably being to picky when I say I'm not keen on the 'hunchback' look it gives me :mrgreen: I haven't quite decided what to do yet
At the weekend I found perfect buttons for the leather tabs and your post reminded me they existed so I sowed them on this evening: (terrible image quality, sorry)

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Aragorn: It's the beards.

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