This pack is designed for fastpacking. It features stretchy outer pockets, hydration vest straps and a dry bag style closure. The pack is intended to be used for shorter overnights or running hut to hut.
With far too few hot pink packs on the market, this one is sure to buck that trend.
Like most of the packs I’ve designed, this one started on pen and paper. I drew up some ideas for shapes of the hydration vest straps, which were the main focus of this pack. The straps were largely inspired by the Inov8 hydration vest that I use for running. This helped to figure out dimensions and sizing, since the pattern and curved seams are fairly advanced and difficult to get right.
The main pack bit of the pack took shape in 2d using Adobe Illustrator. This helped get an idea of what materials were needed for the build, how big the pack was going to be, and what features it could have. The previous fastpack I made was one the first packs I made and didn’t have that much thought put into the design of the pack, the material choices or even how it might be constructed. This one almost had too much thought put into the design!
I tried lots of different combinations of colours and finally came to this colourway: Black and grey with pink and teal accents. Dashing.
People often ask about the sources of the materials, so I’ve included those below:
- Main Body (Black): Dyneema Ripstop | ExtremTextil
- Pockets (Grey): Stretch Mesh Fabric | AdventureExpert
- Pockets (Teal): Jersey Mesh | ExtremTextil
- Top Closure (Pink): VX21 | ExtremTextil
Once all the materials were gathered together, it was time to start putting everything together. An exciting moment, like when receiving a Lego set for Christmas. However, seeing the colours together made me realise this was not going to be a visually subtle pack.
For every pack I’ve made to date, the back straps panel is the last panel I’d construct. This is usually the hardest part of all, so this time I did it first.
Considering how narrow the straps are on the Inov8, I made these a little wider. Although, they’re still far narrower than the 35L and 40L packs I’ve made. One thing about the Inov8 hydration vest that I really like is having the water bottles lower down the strap towards the base of your ribcage. This helps with comfort of the straps and gives the opportunity for another pocket up top.
Once the straps were put together it started to feel like I was nearly there. Starting with the hardest bit first has its perks.
A stretchy bottom and a roll top later I had all the panels ready for that magical sticking of everything together.
A Few Notes
What went well:
- Vest style straps are super comfortable even under load
- Runs well with a very small amount of pack bounce
- Sturdy af
- Hydration front pockets are dreamy
- The hot pink VX21 is beautiful
- Easy to adjust straps
- Relatively stress free sewing
- Doing a pimp my ride in Illustrator
What I would do differently next time:
- Change main fabric to VX07 or LiteSpeed
- Tone it down a little with the colours :/
- Use a black front mesh to hide zig zag stitches
- Try sliding sternum straps (Salomon Style)
- Try a lighter 3D Mesh
- Change shape to distribute load even further to the top of the pack
Thanks for reading,