The "what have you made today" thread

Discussion in 'DIY & MYOG' started by Gadget, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. MikeinDorset

    MikeinDorset Ultralighter

    Quick report on the green bivy bag:

    - completely clear night, quite a lot of dew this morning
    - breathability was excellent, loads better than the Hunka
    - the lighter material and interior surface (3-layer scrim rather than rubbery hydrophilic coating) was much nicer to live in
    - I could detect slight moisture in the foot end of my down bag, but compared to a Hunka in almost identical conditions a couple of weeks ago, a lot less moisture and no wet surface on the sleeping bag
    - I didn't get some small sections of seam tape to stick enough so I need to go back and redo those sections so the tape edges stick down properly
    - Once I've sorted the seams I'll try it in the rain and see what it's like
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  2. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Tyvek experiment. Just wonder how long I can use it for before it explodes.
    48 gms.
    Stressful doing the seams. I'm not ready for this caper.
    Shoulders cut on the bias and S straps a la Superior Wilderness Designs -copied it from my SWD Long Haul. It is really comfortable with about 2-3 kgs which is what I wanted.
    Look at that 'curve' -what was I worried about:chicken:

    Bellows front pocket
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2020
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  3. MikeinDorset

    MikeinDorset Ultralighter

    Second MYOG project, an Apex overbag to go in the bright green bivvy bag. I ordered some apex 133 and plain downproof taffeta from ET.

    I didn't enjoy working with the apex and taffeta at all! I kept this super simple, just a rectangular bag sized to fit fine in the bivvy and which if I'm using it without an inner down quilt, lets me spread my feet out (I'm a side sleeper). Rather than make it super long to go right over my head, it's just oversized enough to cinch nicely over the down quilt inside and leave room to loft.

    It weighs 740g in a stuffsack. Not superlight but not bad for what I hope is the warmth.

    With some leftover taffeta I also made a pillowcase to go over my inflatable pillow. This has space to add extra padding so it's more comfortable:
    ... and then I made an apex hood system for when it's cold. This is also super simple, two rectangles of apex sewn into tubes, with one tube sewn at the top to make a rectangular 'hat':
    When I'm not wearing them the two rectangles are the right fit to go on top of the inflatable pillow inside the pillowcase:
    Which was definitely the reason I made a rectangular hat and in no way because a shaped one seemed too difficult. The combination also affords some excellent fancy dress opportunities as the Black Knight (both parts), or Episode VI Darth Vader without his helmet on (bottom part only).
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  4. RE8ELD0G

    RE8ELD0G Backpacker

    Finished up my winter bed, mat cover chair
    Frankenstein thingy.
    Basically my own take on a zen bivvy plus the added bits to convert it to a chair/seat and some extra bits.
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  5. MikeinDorset

    MikeinDorset Ultralighter

    And yes, the '70's brothel black satin sheets' look is exactly what I was going for...
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  6. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Love the hat!:ninja:

    Be interested to see how it works out. 133 will be good enough for standalone for 2 season use.

    I've been considering a similar apex overbag for winter use with a down quilt, though probably 67g/m² and with a taper.
  7. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    The link doesn't work. I could find the page, but there's something wrong with direct link.
  8. MikeinDorset

    MikeinDorset Ultralighter

    Thank you! I'll report back after a trial.
  9. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I've tried close fitting apex and down hats/hoods, but find the noises caused by the closeness of the nylon to my earholes too off-putting. Prefer a looser fit sleeping bag hood or more usually a powerstretchfleece Balaclava and/or jacket hood
  10. MikeinDorset

    MikeinDorset Ultralighter

    Yes, I'll need to see how it goes with all the rustling.
  11. gamemaster84

    gamemaster84 Trail Blazer

    That looks great!!
    Something like this has been on my to-do list for a while. Did you made a pattern of sorts? Would love to know how you did this :):thumbsup:
  12. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

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  13. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Saved 9g off the weight of my inertia x-lite short...
    Mutli use 75g asspad, ULA airframe X back pad, comfy pillow, knee pillow, air-splint, X-lite short pad extender and saving the planet from more waste blah blah blah.... It gives me options to suit the trip.. It had 9 xtensive repairs and was no longer reliable... The pieces have been tested and holding air under pressure :thumbsup: I'll be making a pole sleeve and a couple of little pouches from some of the offcuts.
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  14. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

    This is really just a minor modification, but I've added some silicone sleeves to the lid handles for my Toaks pots. They may have 'lockable' grips but they always seem to fall down and risk burnt fingers. This should solve the problem and the handles still fold down OK.

    Actually if you take the standard handle out of the lid and twist it a bit and then re-insert the tension helps hold its position better, irrespective of the silicone sleeve.

    Toaks lid.jpg
  15. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I put a silicon band on mine for double duty.

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  16. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Found some outdoor furniture light polyester canvassy stuff with a PU backing for a few squids. The elastic for the six tabs in lieu of webbing and locks cost a fortune.
    So in anticipation of my wee Tyvek one carking it...and wanting to hone and improve my blundering.
    Changed the tyvek one by; widening the shoulder straps, cutting the shoulder bias at a greater angle and extending all the panels so I would have more material to roll at the top. Fits and conforms to my shoulders better. Don't have any webbing yet so the shoulders are attached with cord and can be adjusted by tying a new knot. The elastic tabs either end have enough stretch to pull it on and fit snugly.
    When I'm not swearing (doing the @^%$#*&^ bottom) and having my daughter chastise me, I'm enjoying myself.
    Weighs 150 gms with the nylofume inside for wr.
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    Short black.
    Number eleven grind, Arabica beans, moderate tamp, 15 bars, tap water.
    Well I was having one.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2020
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  17. MikeinDorset

    MikeinDorset Ultralighter

    Oh god that coffee looks good!
  18. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Nicely done sir :cool:

    My experience with packs is that it's a journey of iterative improvements. I've made a lot, and even after settling on a basic design there are improvements I make each time, be it fabric, cut ancillarys etc
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  19. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Ta. I look forward to many hours of doing/finding the same.
  20. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Now that pack is less hideous :D

    The coffee looks passable
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  21. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    I had high hopes, but the fabric looks like what it is -seat covering for outdoor furniture.
    The fabric/stuff that lost out was covered in roosters. Should have had a crack.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2020
  22. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Dude, splash out on some proper fabric. You can get enough robic for a pack for a tenner. Given your time investment it's a false economy.
  23. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Feeling good just mucking around until I make a real attempt at one at 30L odd. Want to be sure if I go out back it wont cark it. Likely to be a long way from anything or anyone. So far my outlay has felt like not too many hours, as I enjoy it (when I'm not swearing), and about 10 pounds for two wee day/jogging sacks that should last me quite a while.
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  24. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

    A pair of rolltop feedbags...extra hipbelt roll top pouch.100% vx03 20201011_101230.jpg
  25. Robert P

    Robert P Ultralighter

    Very low tech - simple wire tool for placing and removing simmer ring from burner within a cone. 1mm titanium wire, silicone sleeve on handle.

    Simmer 1.jpg Simmer 2.jpg
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