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#87431 - 01/18/08 05:41 PM Roll top closure
Erik Offline
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Registered: 08/26/02
Posts: 348
Loc: Maryland
Howdy folks,LTNS!

I was wondering if anybody had a link to instructions for making a roll top closure on a pack? I have a fair idea of how it should go but I want to make sure.Its been awhile since Ive been on here so I cant remember if theres any instructions for this or not.Thanks alot,

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#87432 - 01/19/08 12:36 AM Re: Roll top closure [Re: Erik]
frenchie Offline
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Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 461
Loc: Lyon, France
For a start, this could help
http://www.backpacking.net/makegear/gvp-pack/index.html
And
http://www.andersj.se/lightrygga1.htm
Very easy, but you need some plastic piece to stiffen one side of the opening. I think thru-hiker used to sell them, if not, a stripe of stiff plastic sheet will do.

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#87433 - 01/19/08 04:17 AM Re: Roll top closure [Re: frenchie]
TurkeyBacon Offline
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Registered: 10/04/02
Posts: 524
Loc: Boston
Do you realy need the stiff plastic? My commuter bag (a cross between a bike trunk and a courier bag) is just silnylon, a zipper and two velcro tabs on either side. Its realy long and wide and works just fine. Roll top closures are not difficult.
Why do you want a roll top closure? Are you trying to make it water resistant/proof? If you are just trying to make a neat top that does not require a lid, then there is an easier ways of doing it, but they are not water resistant.
Some pics of a very flimsy but effective roll top...
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23/tbdesigns/sewing/comutetrunk8_8_1.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y23/tbdesigns/sewing/comutetrunk7_7_1.jpg
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#87434 - 01/19/08 11:35 AM Re: Roll top closure [Re: TurkeyBacon]
frenchie Offline
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Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 461
Loc: Lyon, France
The stiff plastic makes the closing easier, neater, and stronger: you can really "stuff" the bag, without a lot of fabric, and it's definitly more "watertight".

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#87435 - 01/19/08 11:40 AM Re: Roll top closure [Re: Erik]
atraildreamer Offline
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Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 73
Loc: RI
Check out the following link:

http://www.jwbasecamp.com/Articles/DryGear/index.html

Lots of good info about the subject!

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#87436 - 01/20/08 09:31 AM Re: Roll top closure [Re: atraildreamer]
Erik Offline
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Registered: 08/26/02
Posts: 348
Loc: Maryland
Thanks alot folks!! Ill check these out.

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#87437 - 01/20/08 11:00 AM Re: Roll top closure [Re: Erik]
midnightsun03 Offline
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Registered: 08/06/03
Posts: 2936
Loc: Alaska
Most of the roll top bags I've seen use webbing to stiffen the opening and provide a 'spool' to roll the fabric around. Usually the webbing extends beyond the edges of the opeing and buckles are attached so you can either buckle them together to make a handle, or have webbing and buckles extending from the lower corners of the bag so you can turn the bag into a cinch sack. Look at roll-top bags made for boaters. Here's an example:



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