Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New Small Bag

15x12, bottom: 13x4
Yep, new small bag. I figured, Now that I have an edging tape that can take corners decently, why not make a small bag with some more curves. So here it is.
Brown: prototype. Green: final.Yah, single-layer, no-pads prototype. I've been using this lately. I can get all my cold-weather clothes in here after I ride to work. Not bad. Special-request bag. Has some non-standard features on it...namely the mobile pocket and the ladderloc cinch straps (which I've stopped doing in favor of the cordloc system). Yah, cell phone pocket: I'll try anything once. Below: not so clear a picture. But that's the bag before I turned the green right-side out. See how the yellow'll float inside. Shweet. Go to the first post on this blog for a drawing of what it looks like...you know, if you're trying to make one or something...

This is a "Yep, I really made it" photo...unless I took the bag apart. Hmm...

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


15x15, bottom: 13x7--Top Gun 9oz acrylic-coated polyester.

So here's another backpack prototype. I've made a similar top-loading pack before, but I made that one all screwed up...it was too long, the shoulder straps were too far apart, and it was flat-folded on top, so, despite the width of the bag, you really couldn't fit big things in it. Boohiss, I know. So with this bag I fixed all those problems. (And what I mean by "flat-folded": the lip and flap are the same length, i.e. no pleats...so the bag can't expand.)

I haven't put the intended compression straps on the bag yet...instead, I'm thinkin' I'll put some nylon packcloth or oxford round the top and add a drawcord, a la Bagjack and Jandd. I think that'll work a bit better. That's the trick with these bags: how to maintain the shape of the bag while permitting decent load size. And that's why this post is called "Wings." 'Cause that's what it looks like you have when you're wearing this type of bag. Nice... The "tension shape" of this bag (I guess that's what you'd call it: the shape caused by the strap points) is triangular, but the bag is square, so the unsupported triangles (the top corners) pull away from your back. Yeah, I guess I should just take a picture...

And, if you're interested in top-loading flap-fitted backpacks, check out these peeps: Freight Baggage, Chrome, R.E.Load, Chicago WIG, Lemolo...let's see, who else...ah, TimTimTimes2 has one... And I've seen one from Bagjack, but I don't think it's up on their website.

Strong like bull.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Click-click Click-click

7x5.5x4.5--Cordura, Top Gun, nylon packcloth, pvc poly, half-inch foam, Velcro
Holla! My first, and last, camera bag. ...No, I'll probably make another one some day...we'll see.This bag has a pretty rigid 3-D pad...which makes it kinda difficult to put together. Boo. Things should be easy.