WTB: Spectra or Dyneema backpack

1:53 a.m. on June 21, 2011 (EDT)
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Hi all -- I'm just searching for a spectra or dyneema pack. Could be full or just gridstop.

Here's all the full list of "full" models that I'm aware of. Let me know if there are others:

Kelty:

white phantom

white cloud

vapor

cloud 4500

cloud 6500

cloud 4000

cloud 4500

cloud 6500

cloud 5250

CiloGear 45 v3.5

2:14 a.m. on June 21, 2011 (EDT)
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Hi marinebad and welcome to Trailspace,

You might want to check out McHale backpacks.  Custom packs made in Seattle.  You can sometimes find them on Craigslist in Seattle.

 

http://www.mchalepacks.com/packs/index.htm

 

http://www.mchalepacks.com/letter/

 

You might want to check this out and see if it's sold.  Not a bad price.  I just picked one up for $250.  I don't know if this one is Spectra or Dyneema, but it may be worth checking out.

 

McHale Expedition Backpack - $350 (Bellingham)

http://bellingham.craigslist.org/spo/2383396068.html

 

 

12:16 p.m. on June 21, 2011 (EDT)
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I believe there are quite a few packs with gridstop.  Aren't all the ULA packs made with it?  Probably the same with Six Moon Designs, Mountain Laurel Designs, and just about every ultralight pack manufacturer at this point.

6:25 p.m. on June 24, 2011 (EDT)
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I think (?) I read somewhere that Dyneema is prone to premature abraiding.

Anyone ???

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   Yogi Robt

8:43 p.m. on June 24, 2011 (EDT)
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I hadn't read that...

Also, Cilo Gear makes a few Dyneema models...

BTW, you owe it to your self to look at the spectacular HMG Windrider pack. It's a little smaller than most of the models your considering, but talk about efficient design...

3:15 a.m. on June 25, 2011 (EDT)
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Robert Rowe said:

I think (?) I read somewhere that Dyneema is prone to premature abraiding.

Anyone ???

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   Yogi Robt

Are you thinking of Cuben Fiber?

Dyneema seems to do well with in this regard:

http://www.bobdalegloves.com/dyneema.php?page=3

7:51 p.m. on June 25, 2011 (EDT)
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Thanks all.  What do you think about Cilogear stuff in comparison to the names mentioned in this thread?

9:06 p.m. on June 25, 2011 (EDT)
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Hey marienbad  I just jumped on Cilogears website to take a look. Myop cost wise and time frame wise least exspensive and easiest to purchase an go tommorow. Mchale packs pillowthread and myself have talked offtopic about. Excellent product would love to get one in the future. Price wise and time wise, you  have to have  6 months to have it made. measurements etc. Price wise is about 1500 and up. Cilo looks affordable to many and I would love to try one of there's to really see how they perform.

6:09 a.m. on June 26, 2011 (EDT)
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Zeno Marx said:

Robert Rowe said:

I think (?) I read somewhere that Dyneema is prone to premature abraiding.

Anyone ???

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   Yogi Robt

Are you thinking of Cuben Fiber?

Dyneema seems to do well with in this regard:

http://www.bobdalegloves.com/dyneema.php?page=3

 

Hmmm ....

I may have been mistaken about Dyneema .   Interesting read in that link, Marx.

Now, I AM confused .... (as if I already wasn't ?).

8:17 p.m. on June 26, 2011 (EDT)
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Dyneema does VERY well as far as abrasion resistance goes, in my personal experience.

A few years ago we were descending a talus slope and lost our footing. We went sliding downhill on our butts, and on the bottoms of our packs for 15 yds or so, until I was able to catch a tree branch on the way down. My friend's cordura pack had a big hole worn through on the bottom, my McHale dyneema pack bottom literally wasn't even scratched.

It is really tough stuff.

1:58 a.m. on June 29, 2011 (EDT)
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The Cuben Fiber material can be made out of a wide variety of molecules:

http://www.cubictechnology.com/technology.htm

and is made by laminating multiple layers instead of a weaving the material.  It has the biggest benefits for tensile strength and near zero elongation.  It's a bit crispy and stiff at first like a brown paper bag, but quickly breaks in like when you crumple a brown bag over and over.  Biggest advantages for the cost IMO are weight savings, near zero tear propagation and waterproofness.

I do think that there was a very small run several years ago of the Marmot Eiger made from woven spectra (also a UHMWPE like dyneema).  It'll look pure white because it doesn't hold dyes well.

Also recommend scouring some of the lightweight focused communities because the fibers are normally used for alpine/extreme lightweight packs.

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