Occasionally, I make folks a custom backpack. I am not a full time sewer, and for that reason my build process is slow, and for that reason, and the fact that my experience and primary expertise is in backpack design, my custom packs are expensive. You pay for my knowledge of what works in a wide range of applications, for my own experience in various backcountry disciplines. If you know exactly what you want in a pack, and just can’t be satisfied with the many semi-custom and cottage shops out there, you’d be better served with someone like Chris Zimmer, who makes custom packs full time.
If you have a clear idea of what you want a pack to do, haven’t been able to find a good answer on the market, and need some guidance on how to make your ideas real, I might be a good choice. In order to ensure timely delivery I open custom build slots one or two at a time in my store. (If this item is not available I am not accepting custom work.) You reserve your space in the cue with a $100 US fee. Shortly thereafter I’ll reach out via email, and your $100 guarantees you as much email, phone, and if circumstances allow in person communication as is needed to finalize the design and price. At this point the balance of half the final price is due, to get fabric ordered and sewing started. The rest is due before shipment.
My capabilities are limited, and it is possible I won’t be able to complete some projects. To get an idea of what I have done and could do again, read some of these many posts.
I also offer backpack modification and repair services. If you have a bottom panel that needs to be replaced, a feature that should be added, or suspension that could be a bit better, send an email to dave at bedrockandparadox dot com. Use “backpack mod” as the subject line, and include as detailed a description and photos as you can. More detail allows me to respond with a quote, rather than more questions. Please note that some projects may be inherently not cost effective, due to labor (read; seam rippin’), and that due to scheduling I will not always be able to accept all requests.