Tin foil backpack

Discussion in 'DIY & MYOG' started by theoctagon, May 12, 2020.

  1. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Not quite finished but thought I’d post it anyway, today’s effort:

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    Aluminised DCF & Dyneema Gridstop

    Last edited: May 12, 2020
  2. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    I like it! But I have to ask: is this to backpacks what tinfoil hats are to merino beanies? ;)
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  3. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Might help to stop your Snickers melting.
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  4. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    It’s certainly a little, erm, different

    A few bits to finish off then I’ll weigh it and take a few more photo’s. Made it to gift to a friend but don’t think he wants it now he’s seen it :laugh:

    I had to down tools earlier as the sun was coming in through the window and blinding me as it reflected off the pack :roflmao:
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  5. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Prevents 5G masts from infecting the quilt with Corona.
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  6. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Amazing you can keep banging out great quality packs so quickly :thumbsup:
    But also kinda............


  7. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    I had advanced notice so I opened the thread wearing sunglasses just in case :p

    Looks cool
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  8. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Ooh, jet pack, I like it :thumbsup:
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  9. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

  10. Davy

    Davy Thru Hiker

    For volcano exploration - I like it.
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  11. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    eeeeee, my rucksack had to live in an ole in the ground....

    ...your's is lucky..
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  12. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

  13. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Matching DriDucks suit:

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  14. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

  15. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    How long will it keep steaks fresh? Or is it climb & cook? :D
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  16. Pala2

    Pala2 Backpacker

    Where did you find the aluminised dcf?
  17. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    I’ve had it sat on a roll for about 4 years I think, it came from Cascade Craftworks when that was a thing.

    It was sold as being the same as the 1oz DCF but with the aluminium coating which takes it to 1.27oz, however it maybe feels a bit lighter than the 1oz. This grade of dcf has no real business being on a backpack but hey ho!

    I think it’s the same stuff Zpacks used to make test shelters for Abela (vids on YouTube) and I think Locus Gear briefly offered it as an option on the Khufu. Treadlite used it a little as well on some of their stuff.

    I’ve had this image on my phone forever so I’m not sure where it came from originally but I think it must have been Abela’s blog, space Hexamid:

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  18. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Sponsored by "Basecamp foods" :)
  19. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Found it, Khufu

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  20. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    A long time ago (i.e. over forty years ago), I had a Fjallraven catalogue which I used to drool over as an impoverished student, which had some brilliant tents, some of which had aluminiumised flysheets. They were seriously cool (pun intended). It’s a shame they don’t still do them as I reckon they’d still be pretty good.
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  21. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    I think the Zpacks ones were to help shade from the sun and the tests done by Abela (vids on YouTube) seemed to show they worked in that regard.

    Not sure on the Khufu, I’d guess the hope was for heat retention as they always seemed to show it/mention it as a winter version, or maybe that’s just how I remember it
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  22. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    135g in its current state
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  23. Pala2

    Pala2 Backpacker

    Thank you :)
    If you still have some on your roll and don't know what to do with it, i'd happily take 2-3 meters off your hands.
    I have something like this in mind, tyvek reflex was not going to cut it
  24. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    I didn’t buy a great deal of it so I’ve not got enough for something like that, there’s an Xpac which might suit though?


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  25. Pala2

    Pala2 Backpacker

    Great, thank you for the tip!

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