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Old 11-24-2012, 09:08 PM
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ContainsImages Dyed Kumo Backpack

Several weeks ago, I decided to dye a Gossamer Gear Kumo Backpack.

I used black Rit Dye. The pack was originally gray. The black dye made the pack a very dark blue color.

Here's a photo of the Gossamer Gear Murmur pack that shows the original (gray) pack color:


Gossamer Gear Murmur Hyperlight Backpack

Here are a couple photos of the results:


Dyed Gossamer Gear Kumo Backpack




Close-up of Dyed Gossamer Gear Kumo Backpack

The second Kumo photo shows the final color (dark blue) a little better.

This was extremely easy to do, and the results were phenomenal.

I brought a few gallons of water to a near-boil, poured the water in a plastic storage tub, added a couple boxes of Rit dye, and soaked the pack for about 20 minutes - while stirring and turning occasionally.

I suppose if someone wanted to get closer to black, adding in some orange dye may have done the trick.

After that, I took the pack outside and rinsed it thoroughly with a garden hose. I then put the pack in the washing machine (front loader) for a short, gentle cycle - then hung the pack to air dry.

I'm completely happy with the results. By the way, the Kumo is a great backpack!

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Old 11-27-2012, 07:31 PM
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Blue or not, I think it looks much better. You did a good job.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:53 AM
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Thanks GGervin. I'm considering dyeing my ULA Relay pack next - from the current light green color to an olive drab.

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