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    faux gearskin missing link

    I am intrigued by the gearskin concept.

    I am making a clone out of denim since I have some on hand. I sewed up the blank today. When done I'll spray it with water proofing.

    My stupid local wallyworld is still out of strap, but the bigger store one town away one will have some.


    ditto on a cheap backpack for shoulder straps.

    My remaining mystery is where in the heck do you buy those nifty little buckles that compression sacks use???

    I would also appreciate some guidance on hip and shoulder strap placement theory.

    TIA
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    For strap placement...read at REI how to measure yourself for purchasing a pack. Ditto for some of the cottage pack makers. Then try on your current pack and see how everything feels compared to what you just learned. That should get you close enough.

    Buckles - go to a craft store and ask for "notions." Walmart has them sometimes, but Jo Ann's often does, too. Otherwise, several online stores have them. I think OWF even has a "notions special" where you just get a bag full of assorted cordlocks, buckles, etc. Someone online has that, anyway.

    Good luck on the project, and be sure to post pics!
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    if you have an outdoor/backpacking outfitter near you, they will probably have the quick release buckles.
    or you can order them. one source that comes to mind is thruhiker.com.
    and on jeff`s site, he has links to a ton of supplyers.
    don`t leave the CREATOR out of the creation!

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    They carry some of those buckles at Ace Hardware.

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    quick release, cont.

    After a trip to Jo Ann's and the subsequent sticker shock ($2.69 each x 10 buckles needed) I turned to eBay.

    Found a seller with reasonable shipping. Got 10 delrin quick release buckles for $11 delivered. If the quality is okay, I'm set.

    I found some straps from an old external frame backpack. I'll make a hip belt,

    I have sewed up the pack blank. I picked 13" x 60 for the finished size. I have cut and hemmed it. There will be a lot of blue ccp showing but, so what??

    Thanks JustJeff for the "How to buy a backpack" link at REI. I have an idea at least on how to proceed.

    If someone links me to an upload picture FAQ I'll start a photo documentary. (I had trouble the first time I tried)

    Tom

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    - Click on "Gallery" from the menu bar.
    - Just below the preview photos, there's another menu bar...click "upload."
    - You'll see some boxes with a "browse" button next to them. Click browse and choose the files from your hard drive.
    - Enter the details for the pic and click upload.

    Looking forward to the pics!
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    Man you guys are going to make me feel bad about my soon to be ordered gearskin. My skills are not up to par yet in sewing and I figure with materials and time spent I wouldn't come out ahead. That and I already have a couple other projects I need to finish before my hike.

    Keep the pics coming through your process, I am interested in seeing how it goes. I like looking at other peoples homemade projects and get ideas for trying my own. Kind of like watching American Chopper, but with hiking and no drama.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    I was kind of intimidated by the thought of making a pack. It really wasn't hard. A bit more time-consuming than most of my other projects, but not that hard. (Of course, I haven't tested this thing to see how the straps hold up yet.) But I think a gearskin would be easier to make than the one I did.

    But then, if I were thru-hiking w/o the time to test a pack I made, I'd probably just buy one too.
    “Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” ~Judge Joseph Story

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    nake versus buy

    with 10 miles behind and 2000 miles ahead, the buy decision would be easy to make.

    It's kind of like hand tools. A professional mechanic needs high priced snap on quality level tools. A home mechanic can use harbor freight quality level.

    Imagine being in North Maine with a disintegrating pack!!

    Now there's a nightmare.

    Tom

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    I can't wait to see pic. I want to make a Gearskin also.

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