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#137947 - 08/23/10 02:07 PM pack rain fly
bergziege Offline
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Registered: 08/16/10
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anyone made a rain fly for their pack that isn't a garbage sack?

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#137967 - 08/23/10 11:27 PM Re: pack rain fly [Re: bergziege]
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 1718
Loc: Napa, CA
We have one that is the spare tire cover from an SUV. Very lightweight, with elastic that holds it around the pack perfectly. Got it at a thrift store for fifty cents
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#137982 - 08/24/10 11:08 AM Re: pack rain fly [Re: balzaccom]
GDeadphans Offline
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Registered: 12/26/08
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Loc: Maine/New Jersey
Ahh thats pretty genious

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#138030 - 08/25/10 01:47 PM Re: pack rain fly [Re: bergziege]
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Loc: Central Texas
Here is a link for a pack cover that will also serve as a gear hammock and water bag: http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeGearPackCoverGearHammock.html

Jeff makes it 47x58. I make mine much smaller, 38x38 or so. All it is is a rectangle with the corners cut off to make an assymetrical octagon. Hem the sides, run a drawstring through the hem, put a cordlock on the drawstring. done.

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#138753 - 09/14/10 04:56 AM Re: pack rain fly [Re: bergziege]
lewis32 Offline
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Registered: 08/31/10
Posts: 6
maybe you can try buying the north face backpack
which size do you want to buy?

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#139638 - 09/30/10 05:45 PM Re: pack rain fly [Re: Spock]
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Registered: 07/04/08
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Loc: Newnan ,GA
Found my next gear project thanks for the link
now all i need to do is source some hunter saftey orange silnylon
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#139653 - 09/30/10 10:03 PM Re: pack rain fly [Re: Spock]
Redfacery Offline
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Registered: 01/11/10
Posts: 82
Loc: NY
I'm usually put off by the complexity (or my perception of the complexity) of MYOG items, but this seems like a fantastic item to add to my longer trips where bring my external frame! Nice link!

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#139889 - 10/04/10 08:37 PM Re: pack rain fly [Re: Samoset]
Spock Offline
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Registered: 01/10/06
Posts: 679
Loc: Central Texas
Safety colors in silylon: http://www.owfinc.com/Fabrics/NylonWoven/Ripstop.asp#Nylon Ripstop: Coated

and only $5.90 per 60"X 1 yard.

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#139891 - 10/04/10 09:21 PM Re: pack rain fly [Re: Spock]
Tango61 Offline
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Registered: 12/27/05
Posts: 931
Loc: East Texas Piney Woods

I've made this gear hammock thingy and use it all the time.
It works as a pack cover, gear hammock and I also lay out all my gear on it when I'm packing up to make sure I have everything.

It's a good first project and takes about 30 minutes to make (the first time).

Learning how to sew silnylon is 'fun'.
That stuff is slick!
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#139901 - 10/05/10 12:36 AM Re: pack rain fly [Re: Tango61]
Richardvg03 Offline
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 276
Loc: San Diego, Ca
Originally Posted By Tango61

I've made this gear hammock thingy and use it all the time.
It works as a pack cover, gear hammock and I also lay out all my gear on it when I'm packing up to make sure I have everything.

It's a good first project and takes about 30 minutes to make (the first time).

Learning how to sew silnylon is 'fun'.
That stuff is slick!


Pictures?
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#142083 - 11/19/10 11:34 PM Re: pack rain fly [Re: bergziege]
scandia Offline
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Registered: 11/19/10
Posts: 1
I've made our pack covers from footprints sold at the REI 'scratch-and-dent' sales. The fabrics are getting lighter all the time, and for a few dollars and some elastic cord, you can make a nice cover.

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#142340 - 11/25/10 06:56 PM Re: pack rain fly [Re: Richardvg03]
Tango61 Offline
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Registered: 12/27/05
Posts: 931
Loc: East Texas Piney Woods
Oops, just now seeing this (been having computer issues).

And, Richard's probably out at Yosemite now.

Here's a link to the plans for an "all-in-one".

PackCover-GearHammock

Lot's of good stuff on Jeff's pages.
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#145048 - 01/18/11 09:37 AM Re: pack rain fly [Re: Richardvg03]
Kent W Offline
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Registered: 10/15/09
Posts: 607
Loc: IL.
Thanks Spock I like the looks of that pack cover. I am going to whip one up from leftover silnylon from my tent. I am sure it will be lighter than my mountain smith pack cover.

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