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EDC-pack (warning, lots of pics)

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by jma78, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. jma78

    jma78 Loaded Pockets

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    Here´s what i´ve been working on lately..

    I call it "edc-pack", because i´m going to be carrying it daily.. When it comes to size, it´s a 1 day pack.

    The design is pretty much similar to my two previous packs.. A dedicated laptop/hydration compartment, main compartment, front compartment, which has a "stash pocket" underneath it. My last 3 day pack is too big for edc use, and my previous 1 day pack turned out to be a tad too small, so this was the answer :)

    This was supposed to be an easy, quick project using the techniques i´ve already used before.. But nooo.. I just had to start messing around with the design, so this turned out to be the most difficult project so far. (the backpanel is done differently than what i´ve done before)

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    The shoulder straps are not sewn into the top seam, although it might appear so

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    frame sheet compartment under the backpanel.. It has a 4" velcro closure, so that piece of 2" webbing (with velcro closure) is pretty much an unnecessary precaution

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    Main compartment.. That´s a Tad gear admin panel on the other side, not one of my own stuff.. I couldn´t decide whether to attach it with malice clips or to hang it from looplocs with those strips of velcro, so i decided to do both. There´s a 4x4 pals matrix in the top part of the compartment, as well as looplocs hanging from the top seam. velcro closure under that zippered pouch

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    Laptop compartment.. That´s a 13,3" laptop so there´s plenty of room there.

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    Zippered pocket in the front pack.. I will mostly be using it for storing packs of smokes so i didn´t bother with the organization... Now that i think about it, i could have added some velcro inside of the pocket.. maybe next time.

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    Just a cool zipper pull :)

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    "stash pocket"

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    zippered pocket under the stash pocket. Fits a magazine/legal size documents

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    Front compartment. zippered pocket under those two pockets (which are measured to fit an "edc-insert" that i use, and a R&R notebook cover). The opposite side is lined with velcro

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    shock cord retention on the side of the front compartment

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    Zippered side pockets.. Granted; the fact that they are only 3 Pals wide, limits their use.. Making them 4 pals wide was out of the option, because i wanted to keep the size of the pack under control.. But hey, they are better than nothing, right? I keep items that i like to carry daily, but don´t use all that often in those, such as flashlight, a pack of ibuprofen and whatnot.. The PMag is just for size reference.. I could close the zipper with Pmag inside the pocket, although it would be a tight fit.

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    Sleeve pockets under the zippered ones.. Fits a 0,5 liter bottle or a can of soda, beer, etc.. which is just what they are meant to do.

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    I got a bit carried away with the number of pictures, sorry about that :)
     
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  2. LivingUpNorth

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    That is an awesome bag! Well done! As always, your product looks to be of top quality. I'm a big fan of the stash pocket. Is there an opening or pass-through for a hydration tube? Also, what color do you use for webbing, buckles, etc. to match Multicam? I've drawn up my own plans for a day/hydration pack (albeit much less glamorous), but I'll probably do a solid color such as black or coyote since Multicam is kind of expensive in small quantities.
     
  3. jma78

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    Thanks man!

    Mee too, i started incorporating it to my designs 3 packs ago, and will do so in the future as well because it´s so darn usefull.

    Oh, forgot to mention; No. 95% of the time i will be carrying a laptop in this.. And besides, when i actually have a need for a hydration bladder, i´m wearing my combat gear and another pack.. This is just a tacticool civvy-pack :) so i left out the pass though.. If needed, i´ll just run it from between the zipper pulls.

    I use ITW´s tan hardware... They are a bit better match with MC than their coyote brown stuff (which wouldn´t look too bad either) For the webbing i use Jontay´s medium CB.. But the beauty of multicam is that you might as well use OD webbing, thread, etc.. Like in my pack; my supplier was out of stock on cb zippers, so i used OD ones, which work just fine.

    Well yeah.. Multicam IS more expensive.. but you only need it about 1,5 yds for a project like this.. So it will only cost you like 20$ more.
     
  4. jma78

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    I mean, if a multicam pack is what you would really like to have, and you are already investing 10-20 hours of your time for the pack, then why not pay a little extra $ to get that "perfect" pack?
     
  5. nuphoria

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    Brilliant, thanks for sharing your work ;D
     
  6. LivingUpNorth

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    Good point. I was about to make some excuses, but then thought, "hey, why not". Guess I'll be shopping around for some MC now :)
     
  7. jma78

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    Thanks Nuphoria!

    Haha, good choice, sir:)
     
  8. metro177

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    that's nice man!
    I hate you. (in a good way)
    technical question: are the strap sewed under the 4in velcro of the sheet compartment? if yes, are "backed" with webbing (where sewed i mean)?
    hope to not disclose your secrets :)
    cheers Paul
     
  9. jma78

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    Thanks Metro!

    No big secrets here:) Yeah, the straps are sewn under the 4" velcro, with a webbing on the other side to increase the durability, although i bet it would hold just as well without the webbing. At first i was going to sew the straps into the upper seams, like many commercial packs are made, but that idea went out of the window pretty fast.. I just wouldn´t trust the construction if it were made like that. I always sew the straps for at least 3" to the backpanel with double box-x´s, which will make it virtually indestructible..
     
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    Nice job on the bag and the pictures say it all.
     
  11. robertrock

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    Nice job jma. Don't worry about having too many pics!, Bring 'em on.
     
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    wow… just wow.

    you sir have some amazing skills.
     
  13. BriteLumens

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    Nice bag. Thanks for sharing
     
  14. jma78

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    Thanks guys!:)
     
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    Do you know what is the volume of this bag?
     
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    Nope.. I guess i could calculate it from it´s dimensions, but i suck at math:)

    I´d sayd 30-35 liters is pretty close..
     
  17. Valerian

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    Awesome work, again. You make absolutely fantastic packs!

    I eat math for breakfast, math is delicious! From the pics, I'd guesstimate 22-23 liters for the main pack and 6-7 for the smaller part. Provided your webbing is up to spec. :)
     
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    Thanks Valolammas!

    yeah, i´d say around 30 liters, give or take a couple of liters..
     
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    Ditto!! These picture are great. I have two words for your work, WOW and WOW!
     
  20. jma78

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    Thanks bigworm!:)