Homemade Ultralite Pack
An derivative of the
Classic G4 pack
The pack shown here is my June 2003 version ultralite backpack. It is designed for 5-7 day trips on the Appalachian Trail, carrying a base pack weight of 10 pounds and 6-10 pounds of food. Weight of the pack is 10.4 oz (295 grams).
The pack is derived from the G4 pack, and uses the same cloth panels as that pack, with the exception of the mesh pockets. It is different from the G4 in several important ways:
- No hip belt
- Shoulder straps filled with two layers of reflectivix, instead of socks and clothing
- Mesh pockets form fitting instead of baggy
- Side mesh full length for the umbrella on one side and sized to allow use of a camelback on the other.
- Modification of the top closure to what is used on the GoLite Gust pack.
With those modifications, and with debt to the designer of the G4, and because this is my second pack, I have dubbed it the F2 Pack.
Materials included 200 weight waterproof Oxford Cloth and 1.1 oz Silnylon.
I found that with the materials list provided with the G4 pack I have used about half the material... Lots left over for stuff sacks and the like. Cost of materials was about $30. Time from opening the package to wearing the pack was about 5 hours spread over two sessions.
Risk's Ultralite Hiking Page