Added padding to spare Talon straps.
Top lash strap. My dad and grandpa and I did a backpacking trip on Mt Le Conte (in the Smokys) back when I was in fifth grade, when I got that patch.
The grey fabric is 1050 denier Ballistics, which in my experience is as close to indestructible and waterproof as nylon gets. The bottom panel is doubled. The extension collar, and the sleeve on the back panel (which holds the doubled 1/2″ foam back pad/suspension), are 1.9 oz/yard silnylon ripstop.
The bottom panel is an 11″x10″x7″ trapezoid, and slants up 3″ from the back to the front of the pack. The circumference of the pack bag is 3″ greater at the top than the bottom.
Compression straps were placed to (try to) maximize ski carrying.
Waist belt is plain 1.5″ webbing. Load lifters and tri-sliders for the top straps are sewn and bartacked onto the bag via a 1″ webbing strap.
Aside from a few miscalculations and some shenanigans with installing the drawcords, the process went off without a hitch. Still took about 12 hours of work.
We’ll see how it works.