Wanted a new daypack for packrafting/flyfishing and ultralight overnight walks, so recently made one from cuben
I've designed it largely with fly fishing and packrafting in mind - I've made 5 other rucksacks of similar design previously out of various nylons, but wanted to shed a little more weight on a recent NZ trip - the paddle blades sit nicely in the back pocket, or in the side pockets, and the shafts, or a spare fly rod, sit on one or other side of the rucksack
, held in place by a simple piece of cord and a guy line slide.
Pack is made mostly from 0.75oz cuben
, with heavier (?1.4-2oz) cuben
on the bottom. Seams have been sewn, and taped over with cuben
strips on double sided bonding tape. The reason for taping the seams was more for reinforcing them than for waterproofing. Cuben
sews very easily, but it needs biggish stitches, and the tape disburses the strain on the seam onto the fabric. The tape is not strong enough to hold seams on a rucksack
, unlike a tarp which can be made with tape alone. Total weight of rucksack
Harness was pinched off an old day pack. Harness/shoulder straps are not that hard to make, but it was easier to use something I had. Mesh back with zipper along the top allows some CCF to be inserted if desired. Top pocket is curved, and covers a simple drawer cord closure
Dimensions are tapered 24-27cm wide, tapered 19-22 cm deep, and 65 cm high (to the drawer cord), making a rucksack
about 55 cm high when the cord is drawn tight, so about 28l capacity.
I can easily fit everything for a comfortable 2-3 night trip in summer.
- Cat testing cuben. Don't do it