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Post by maldon007 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:21 pm

Ramiel77 wrote: I would love to see what other people can do with my idea. After all, I took the ideas of others and modified it to my likings.
Right after the first time I posted in this thread, I went out & started messing around with my pack... Seeing if I could force anything I already had into service as a "beavertail" (a term I only knew before as the rear of the animal, and a part on a paintball gun :lol: ). Had some luck with a bit of elastic netting, still testing though. I was thinking I might use it to hold a sleeping bag under the pack... Thanks for the ideas :D
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Post by CorpsmanUp » Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:31 pm

Ramiel77 wrote:
CorpsmanUp wrote:Very cool brother!

Just picked up a Trizip (black).

I'm very anal and demanding with regards to packs etc.

I really, really like the Trizip.

Gotta spread the love. I think the Trizip is one of the least appreciated packs around the web. And I try to tell everyone to post pictures of their Trizip, 'cus when I was looking around to see reviews of it, I couldn't find that many pictures of it, or at least not as much as some of maxpedition packs.
I got one because a friend at work (and fellow member) has one. Plus, I read your review.

If you decide to make some and sell them I would definitely get one from you. I love to support people that take the initiative and do things useful like this.

Let me know if you decide to start making them.

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Post by Ramiel77 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:12 pm

Oh man.......you guys are really making me think about selling this...... :shock:
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Post by mystic_1 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:52 pm

Just wanted to say, really nice work. Looks well-built, and is aesthetically pleasing.

Oh and YOU SEWED ALL THAT BY HAND??? Dude, give yourself a cookie, you earned it! I can't even imagine how long that took.

1. eBay yourself a machine
2. make more beaver tails
3. sell them
4. ...
5. Profit!


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Post by Ramiel77 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:57 am

To keep my own thread alive....

I've just finished this other small thing.
I needed a pouch to carry my Nalgene water bottle. I have one, one of Condor's H2O pouch. But after some runs with it, I've noticed how incovenient it can be for a pouch that I need it to do the most basic thing.
So, I looked around for pouches I could get me. But to be honest, I am so broke at the moment, that no pouch seems afordable to me right now.
So, I still have a lot of Cordura left, even after finishing my beavertail, the MOLLE panel, and some other stuff; I went on to make my self a very simple, but very functional pouch for my ILBE Assault Pack. Just what I needed. And I finished it in one day. :D

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The only problem is that i don't have the right size MALICE Clips. And even though I hate using them, they are pretty solid. I am using 2 short Malice, and I need 2 Long. But even so, it still hold pretty solid.
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Post by maldon007 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:50 am

See... now your just showin' off :( :lol:
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Post by Ramiel77 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:10 am

maldon007 wrote:See... now your just showin' off :( :lol:


Hahaha, well, I need to find things to do with the Cordura. And seen how I work from home, I have all I need to start sewing riiiiiiiiight next to me :P
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Post by jmcclesk » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:54 pm

Ramiel77 wrote:
jmcclesk wrote:I just picked up a trizip today. Are you sure you dont want to make a few of the beavertails to sell???

PS-your review is one of the reasons that pushed me to the trizip and you were right thanks!!

That is damn awesome man! Post some pictures up to see how you stuff your pack!
I've been experimenting around with what is the best way to load it up, and so far, it seems almost any configuration works great with it (at least with my gear).

And selling those beavertails? Well, to be honest, I would radder make a couple, then give them away to those who have Camelbak Tri Zips as well, and see what people think of them first hand. If they like it, then I would think about selling them to others. But first I want first hand opinions besides mine and my wife's :lol:

Nothing to post up yet. I just started collecting stuff under the disguise, of a what if bag for my dual sport dirt bike adventures. I am having to build up my pack/bob on the QT my wife thinks i am crazy!!

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Post by Torvald » Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:01 pm

To find a good heavy duty machine cheap, look around your area for "Shoe Repair" shops a lot of them have multiple machines and may want to get rid of one or two. My brother has 3 heavy duty machines and is looking to clear out at least one, but htey are too heavy to ship so you need to find one local to you. If they sew sole leather they will sew any pouch material you can think of.

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Post by xxxDarksidexxx » Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:55 am

good stuff! i always like seeing guys make their own gear. :D

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Post by maldon007 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:16 am

jmcclesk wrote: I just started collecting stuff under the disguise, of a what if bag for my paintball/camping adventures. I am having to build up my pack/bob on the QT my wife thinks i am crazy!!
Fixed the part that is different for me :lol:
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Post by ninja-elbow » Sun Nov 21, 2010 5:42 pm

Good job Ramiel77. As has been mentioned, go have a cookie. If you ever head up my parts I'll buy you one. :)
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Post by Ramiel77 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:02 pm

ninja-elbow wrote:Good job Ramiel77. As has been mentioned, go have a cookie. If you ever head up my parts I'll buy you one. :)
The cookies its been had.
And thanks to everyone for the support. I would be looking in to getting a full on sewing machine in the future. But as for now, with my ever so higher bills, I am settle wit hand sewing my projects.

Which reminds me, I am currently working on other small stuff that I can create to expand the capabilities of my TriZip. I, of course, will be posting it here to see what you guys think.
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Post by FlyingLow » Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:31 pm

Ramiel I cant say how much I covet that beavertail. I just got a Mystery Ranch Dragonslayer which is 300ci larger than their Trizip cousin the 3 Day Assault. I may have to dig up the sewing machine I inherited and give it a whirl...

Again, nice freakin work there :)

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Post by Ramiel77 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:34 am

FlyingLow wrote:Ramiel I cant say how much I covet that beavertail. I just got a Mystery Ranch Dragonslayer which is 300ci larger than their Trizip cousin the 3 Day Assault. I may have to dig up the sewing machine I inherited and give it a whirl...

Again, nice freakin work there :)

Hey, if you really wanna give it a try, and sew a similar design, I can send you the sketching plans I drew, and the measurements. The Dragon Slayer is very similar in size to the Tri-Zip, so I imagine it would work just as well.

If I have had an extra $100, I would have gone with the Dragon Slayer, 'cus I like some of the design choice of it better. But I still love my Tri Zip. Hard to be the Mystery Ranch design for the price.
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Post by Squirrley » Mon Nov 22, 2010 10:33 am

If you don't get hired by a gear manufacturer, I have no faith left in humanity. Holy fuck dude, all of that by hand!??
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Post by Ramiel77 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:30 pm

So, continuing my ever so finger breaking quest to expand the abilities of my Camelbak Tri Zip, I went on ahead and decided to try and make my own version of Eagle Industries Accessory Pouches.
I think those pouches are great, and they can almost double the capacity of what ever pack you put them on (if you get both), but they are specifically meant to be used with the Eagle Assault Pack. Mystery Ranch makes their own expansion pouches, in the form of the their Long Pockets. They seem great, and they are cheap (as far as this kind of pockets go). But they have a plastic frame on the back, meant to maintain the shape of the pocket at all times. But this means it is only compatible with Mystery Ranch packs, and not with the Tri Zip. They also sell the pair of the NICE Frame double pockets, but those are also only compatible with their packs, and they are more expensive.
I know that Kifaru also makes their famous Claymore and Long pockets, which I think they are well designed and build. plus they are very versatile in their ability to attach to packs. BUT, as Ive mentioned before, working as a freelance artist, although quite cool, doesn't bring the money I that would allow me to spend $50 on a pouch that I would only use a few times a year. I know I know, quality is Kifaru's game. But I don't have the money to match tap for tap.

So, went on to make my own. Again.

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It's an incredible simple design. A 3 part design (top side, back side and zipper), that I did at the same basic size as the other commercial pouches ( 6'' x 4'' x 15''). But for the attachments, I went on with my own specific needs. The Trizip as MOLLE webbing at top, and some on the side pockets, which as I've mentioned before, are pretty much useless. So I added PALS at the top, and at the bottom, I added two loop holes with the nylon webbing to let the strap, of the beavertail i constructed previously, to pass through and maintain the pouch secure. To secure at top, all I need is a couple of long MALICE clips (Which reminds me, I need to get me some more of those).

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Seen that they are the same size as the other pouches, I now believe other people that have told me those pouches are cavernous. This pouch can fit A LOT OF STUFF! I even shoveled my Condor Micro Fleece Jacket, plus 4 more shirts.

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The main reason i made this pouch was to expand the functionality of my Tri Zip. Although it looks huge, it can only carry enough gear for a summer overnight trip. But with the larger pouch, I can definitely do a overnight winter trip. And if i add another one (which I am planning on) I can for sure, go 2 or even 3 days for a winter trip.
After trying it on, with all my gear in the pack, I like how it balances it self out, and allows room for my arm to move, as the pouch isn't so close to my back.
Granted though, it isn't the easiest thing to detach. And It's only meant to be used on the side of the Trizip.
But after sewing it, I am even more curious to see what Kifaru's and Mystery Ranch's pouches are like. So I will be purchasing them in the future,to see if they are worth it, or if I should just stick with doing my own specific designs.

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Also, once I was done seen how well it worked with the Tri Zip, I noticed that the attachment points I had created for it (PALS at top, loop holes at the bottom), just so happens to work great with my ILBE Assault Pack. All I need to do is put the pouch upside down, and attach the MALICE clips at the bottom, for extra security, and put the straps at top, and we're good to go.

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So with this extra 10L or so of space, I can sure as hell make my Assault pack an over-night pack.

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Post by Ramiel77 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:21 pm

Squirrley wrote:If you don't get hired by a gear manufacturer, I have no faith left in humanity. Holy fuck dude, all of that by hand!??
You know, that might be the est compliment I've had so far :lol:
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Post by maldon007 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:23 pm

You'r work seems to contain roughly, one part awesome, two parts win 8)
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Post by vahtryn » Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:59 am

This thread has made me want to get back into sewing. My mother used to be a seamstress for Marlboro in the late 70s and taught me how to sew at an early age. We had one of those really heavy (think 1.5k pounds) sewing machines in the house. We fixed a lot of clothes and jackets with it over the years. My sister even made an amazing hooded velvet cloak on it with a satin interior.

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Post by Lugnut » Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:35 pm

Man I repaired my bates ICS boots last week and was messing around with my easystitcher doohickey and got myself all psyched for a holiday project. I hit the local fabric store (Joanne fabrics) and it turns out they dont carry any cordura, 1000d generic stuff, fastex buckles, or heavy duty zippers!!

WTF? :evil:

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Post by Ramiel77 » Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:53 pm

Lugnut wrote:Man I repaired my bates ICS boots last week and was messing around with my easystitcher doohickey and got myself all psyched for a holiday project. I hit the local fabric store (Joanne fabrics) and it turns out they dont carry any cordura, 1000d generic stuff, fastex buckles, or heavy duty zippers!!

WTF? :evil:
Hahahahaa, Yeah i had that exact same problem. Although, they do have "sport" zippers, which is what I used to make the long pouch.

I recommend you getting the cordura from ebay, or an online seller. Like this one: http://shop.vtarmynavy.com/shared/Store ... oducts.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Is not so expensive compared to Joanne's, and trust me, you can get a lot of Cordura with just a few bucks. I did all the projects I've shown here with just 2 yards I ordered off of eBay, and I still have enough to make a couple more pouches.
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Post by GunsUp » Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:41 am

Man, this thread keeps making me think I could make my own gear, too bad I don't have that kind of time :(

nice gear man, you really should consider making gear for a living. I'd imagine this is how many gear makers started... dabbling on their own stuff at home.

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Post by Ramiel77 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:23 am

GunsUp wrote:Man, this thread keeps making me think I could make my own gear, too bad I don't have that kind of time :(

nice gear man, you really should consider making gear for a living. I'd imagine this is how many gear makers started... dabbling on their own stuff at home.
Oh man, all this endorsements are making me re-think my Illustration career path :shock:
I would love to make more gear, even for sale. I don't find it hard to understand the sewing and design concept behind many of the manufacturers gears. Give me a day with an Arc Teryx pack, and I can sketch out exactly how they make each piece (Ive actually done that at REI :lol: )

But I am in the same dilemma. With work, and bills to pay, I lack the time, nor the money to get gear, machinery, to start doing this seriously. At least time, if I were to organize things with my work and my wife, I could have enough of off to do this as a side job.
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