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Old 10-22-2011, 05:36 PM
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Latest Pack Projects

These are some of the projects I've completed in the last couple of months.The latest on is the large pack on the left.

The three packs on the left share a similar design and materials, differing in size and a few details. None of the packs are super-light, all are durable and capable of carrying a lot more weight than I am likely to put in them. The base fabric is 500d olive drab Cordura and what lining there is is sil-nylon. The back interior is bright yellow for improved visibility of the contents. All use 1" x 1/16" aluminum stays, 3/8" ensolite back pads and YKK #10 zippers. The nylon webbing is all mil. spec. 17337 in OD, all hardware is ITW Nexus.

All of these have slot pockets on the front and sides, the medium pack has a slot pocket on the back. All have a flat zipper pocket in the lid and a flat stash pocket (removable) hanging from the back. The exterior webbing is arranged in a PALS grid (1" between rows, 1.5" bar-tacked channels) to allow use of pouches and pockets with MOLLE connecters. For those unfamiliar with the MOLLE design, the connecter has a 1" strap and crosbars that allow weaving the connecter through the rows. The pouches and pockets are removable and movable while being secured as tightly as if they were sewn on. There are PALS grids on both sides of all belts.

The straps and unlined belts on the small and medium packs are handmade while the straps and padded belt on the large pack were bought from Kifaru International.

The suspension of all packs transfers most of the weight to the hips. The large pack is carried in the conventional way and features risers on the shoulder straps. The medium pack is essentially an over-size lumbar pack. The shoulder straps keep the pack from leaning backward. The small pack is a plain lumbar pack with no shoulder straps. The belts are removable and interchangable.

The small pack has the capacity for a day pack with emergency overnight gear, the medium is for light 3-day gear while the large pack is suitable for a bugout pack or extended trips. Since it has no shoulder straps the small pack can easily be swung around to the front for access in a vehcle, a hunting blind or just for a rest stop.

The small, flat pack on the right is actually a pocket that can be clipped to the front of the large or medium packs. This is based on the Kifaru E&E design with some modifications. In the military E&E id escape and evade. In civilan use this pocket can be a removable day pack carrying enough survival gear for an emergency overnight or even longer term survival. This pack can be carried by hand, using the grab loop, by single shoulder strap (one is carried in a sewn-on flat pocket inside) or as a shoulder pack with the two straps tucked inside the back slot pocket. Additional flat organizer pockets can be fastened with MOLLE connecters to the front.

The small lumbar pack shows an organizer pocket with a flat pouch on the front, as well as an alternative use for the PALS bars. I'll be making a pair of long side pockets for the large pack.
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:27 AM
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Cool they look good from what I can tell as the pic's are a bit grainy but nice designs.
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:32 PM
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The pictures are grainy becaue I posterized them to emphasize detail that tends to get lost in regular photos.
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:15 PM
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Nice. Thanks for sharing your projects with us.

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