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    Stuff Sacks

    Is there any major reason for choosing one material over another for making a stuff sack?

    Like silnylon vs regular old ripstop? I could see waterproofing (or water holding, depending on how well you close it ) as a good thing, but also as unnecessary if you have a rain fly for your backpack.

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    Stuff sacks have no recommended specs other than what you want to buy and/or have on hand. They are the DIY noob's gear of choice and as such are everything from highly functional technical pieces of gear to pieces of junk designed to be thrown away in disgust at the level of stitching skills. IOW... your choice all the way around guy.
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    I guess I was looking more for just recommendations.

    Because I (will) have some left over silnylon once I'm done making my tarp, But I dont know if I want to use that to make stuff sacks or save it for something else that it might serve better use for.

    And I know some of these questions come off as a little 'stupid' but I figure I'll ask in case somebody brings something up that I hadn't thought of yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MondayHopscotch View Post
    And I know some of these questions come off as a little 'stupid' but I figure I'll ask in case somebody brings something up that I hadn't thought of yet.
    ack.... I had no intention of suggesting the question was stupid and I apologize if it came across that way. I have made stuff sacks out of everything silnyl to cotton denim. It all depends on what I have in mind for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    ack.... I had no intention of suggesting the question was stupid and I apologize if it came across that way. I have made stuff sacks out of everything silnyl to cotton denim. It all depends on what I have in mind for them.
    I didn't take it as you suggesting i was stupid, I just know they are

    From the looks of it, and the fact that I'd rather use up some 'easier-to-come-across' rip stop, I'll probably just run out and buy a bit of it rather than using up my sil, being as I had to pay this weird 'shipping' fee on it.

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    I just had my platapus leak on a hike. Luckily the stuff in I needed to keep dry was in a waterproof bag. Unluckily my down jacket was loose under my platapus. I would suggest waterproof when ever possible and sil is so strong and light it seem like the best choice. I would at least have my food in a waterproof bag at least.
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    Dry socks and underwear can be very nice when everything else is wet. Of course, you can put them in a ziploc bag, too, but a small roll-top silnylon stuff sack is stronger. Sil is strong enough to make a food bag, too.

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    I have used those bags that the folding chairs come in,,, CUT'em in half anf ya can make 2 bags,,,,,,
    One end already has a draw cord and all that is needed is a single hem for the bottom, the other piece just needs a draw cord and channel sewed on...as the bottom is already there.
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    I have made two stuff sacks so far. The first was out of some polyester I had left over, and it works really well and is pretty tough feeling; though it isn't water proof. I have also made one out of silnylon and would just caution you to make sure you sew your seams so their tough. Maybe flat fell them. And if you're wanting your bag water tight, don't forget to seam seal.

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    No wrong way to make a stuff sack. It's a good project if you have extra sil sitting around that you trimmed off another project. Or, if you don't want to use the real sil, you could go the "make your own sil" route by coating regular ripstop with silicone.
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