Pack prototype sale

[3/20 update: all packs are sold.]

Over the past three years of developing the Tamarisk I’ve built a lot of packs.  There’s no other way to see how ideas work in the field.  Prototyping is a profoundly fun process, and at the same time necessarily protracted and tedious.  The pile of 40-60 liter packs in the house has gotten a little excessive, and most unfortunately, there are a few especially good ones that these days hardly ever get used.

So I’d like some of ya’ll to use them for me.  I have three ready to go.

(numbering is left to right)

Pack one is a 60 liter tough and basic prototype I made for a bushwacking trip on Isle Royale. Features a beefed up version of the Tamarisk suspension (add load lifter and dual density belt padding), X50 main fabric, Tamarisk side pockets, roll top closure, zippered stash pocket above load lifters, and wrap around compression straps. There is no provision for over the top strapping, and one side pocket is coating side out (oops).

42 inch upper circumference, 40 inch lower circumference, 36.5 inch unrolled height.

19 inches midbelt to shoulder straps, 22 inches midbelt to load lifters.

Belt is 25.5 inches padding to padding (somewhat deceptive as the soft padding compresses and thus lengthens under load).

Suggested torso in 19-21 range, fits waists 30-32 inches.


Pack two is a mid sized experiment that is a bit bigger than the Tamarisk will be, but features close to the same suspension system.  It has a fixed belt with 1/8″ by 1″ stay.  The side pockets were revised several times over, and are thus both a bit rough and a bit on the small and low side (but very easy to access).  The dimensioned rear pocket compresses with the side straps and holds a good amount.  Main fabric is custom 33 xpac (no V ply or X grid) with 500D Cordura on the base overlay and all pockets.

42 inch upper circumference, 38 inch lower, 35 inch unrolled height.

19 inch midbelt to straps, belt is 27 inches padding to padding.

18-20 inch torso, 30-33 inch waist suggested.


Pack three is a 40 liter early prototype of what became the Tamarisk. Dual 3mm by 13mm stays with sewn in 1/8″ foam padding in back panel. Burly Mountain Hardwear shoulder straps, no load lifters, floating belt. Compound side pockets with a flat, zippered pocket inside the larger drawcord pocket, both of which extend on wings. Tons of fast access to gear. Drawcord closure with top strap, dual daisy chains. Custom plain 33 D-P fabric (no V, no X ply) in main bag, 500D Cordura in side pockets, 1000D Ballistics base reinforcement.  Main downsides to this one are messy sewing on the belt, and a cut up near the top of the bag which I mended with a patch.

37 inch upper circumference, 33 inch lower circumference, 34 inch unrolled height.

Midbelt to straps 20 inches, belt 31 inches padding to padding.

20-22 inch torso and 32-35 waist suggested.


As noted above all three of these packs are in places quite rough.  Unideal stitching, a few things uneven, mismatched materials, revisions and additions done with expediency rather than aesthetics in mind.  All of the fundamentals are sounds, and if anything goes wrong or needs fixed I’ll take care of it, for life.


4 responses to “Pack prototype sale”

  1. Nice Packs! What sewing machine are you using for these? The side pocket on a wing is an interesting idea, one I have briefly thought about but have not tried. Does it get in the way of your arms while hiking at all?

    1. Sailrite LSZ-1. Perfect for a one man workflow, save for the foot lift being a little low for suspension elements.

      The wing pockets don’t interfere with arm swing, though it’d be easy to make them deep enough that they did. The open part of the pocket is a magnet for pine needles off trail.

  2. How did you get your hands on the custom 33 fabric, if I may ask?

    1. DP made a custom batch for another project I did last year. Had a few scraps.

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