|My day pack from about 2006, it has seen better days, could I revive it?|
Then I looked in my closet and saw my old 2006 GoLite Dawn pack. I realized that it was very nearly the perfect pack for me. But first it needed to be risen from the dead.
The collar was nearly ripped all the way off and then very hastily sewn back togther a couple of years ago right before a backpacking trip. Another problem with this pack is that it has very little structure to pass weight to its hipbelt. It was painful to wear when I was lugging snowshoes and a DSLR around. An integrated sit pad would give form to the pack and give me something warm to sit on without having to go digging in my pack.
|New extension collar, this job took hours|
I used a piece of that rain fly to make a longer extension collar for my pack and I also converted it to a roll top closure. I love a nice simple no fuss roll top pack closure. I modeled it after my Sea to Summit dry sacks.
|New integrated sit pad holder|
I did not have to buy any thing to do this conversion, as I save all the bits and pieces of my old packs. Even if I toss out a pack I strip the hardware off it first. I also am always on the lookout for bits of mesh in the thrift shops for making pockets with.
I think I will be happy with this pack now, it is just the size I need for a long day hike into the mountains in the winter. There is I think a pretty good chance that some of my sewing will fail, but that's okay because I know how to fix it. It's not as pretty as it could be since I did all the sewing by hand. I own a sewing machine but it could not use it to sew bits onto an already sewn together pack.
Also I hate fighting with my sewing machine, it always gets unthreaded or will not pick up the bobbin thread or breaks a needle. Then even when all is going well, horror or all horros the bobbin suddenly needs to be reloaded. It seems faster to hand sew everything than to deal with my sewing machine.
|Front of pack with roll top closure. It is packed for a long day|
in the mountains
I'll give my reborn frankenpack a good test tomorrow.
|On the trail for the first time|