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Small(er) Rolltop Backpack

December 31, 2012

Just finished and sent out this morning.

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Measures about 6.5″ deep, 12.5″ wide and 18-25″ tall, but the bottom is tapered so the volume is a little less than that of a straight box. The tapered bottom is a fancier design that serves to push the load towards your back and therefore carries loads more snugly against you. After using this bag for a day I really really like this design for smaller bags but can’t see it working for those giant bags I’m partial to. But given how much I like this bag I may be making myself a smaller bag sometime in the future…

Features:

  • Water bottle side pockets: made with old inner tubes for elasticity
  • Outer front pocket: includes pen slots, a slip pocket and velcrow closing pocket for small important stuff. Oh, and the pocket flap has a handle sewn into the bag so you can easily open the pocket or carry around the bag from the front.
  • Interior laptop pocket: fits them devil machines
  • Interior zipper pocket: to keep your stuff from mixing with your other stuff
  • Integrated backpad: helps keep the shape and stops stuff from poking you in the back
  • 1/2″ closed cell foam shoulder straps: ergonomically shaped, includes a removable/adjustable sternum strap and attachment points for phone holsters/keys
  • Daisy chain: horizontal along the bottom of bag, allows you to strap/clip all kinds of stuff to the outside of the bag
  • Roll top closure: fits to the amount of stuff you have in the bag and can still be closed when over-filled by using a different set of loops on the back.
  • Double layer Cordura construction: Less waterproof than the completely impermeable truck tarp (VCP) liners in my other bags but it’s much lighter and more abrasion resistant

Here’s it being made:

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interior zipper pocket with pen loops

Outer back panel with integrated backpad and shoulder straps

Outer back panel with integrated backpad and shoulder straps

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Irene being an ass

All the panels

All the completed panels

Finished product:

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Water bottle pocket and daisy chain doing their jobs

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Side view; it’s easier to see the tapered bottom and shoulder strap attachment triangle in this one

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Finished shoulder straps (minus the sternum strap)

unrolled

unrolled

Inside the front pocket. Each side can hold a regular cycling water bottle.

Inside the front pocket. Each side can hold a regular-size cycling water bottle.

Inside the main compartment

Inside the main compartment

This is it closed when it's overfilled, the hook-buckle just slides onto the series of loops along the back panel

Closed when overfilled; the hook-buckle just slides onto a series of loops along the back panel.

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Overfilled from the back

Overall I’m real happy with it, It’s probably my favorite bag I’ve made thus far and I’m hoping to make more like it soon.

but for now…

I’m building a set of panniers for my buddy’s cross country bike tour and I’m super stoked about it.

 Email to talk bags: adamhb14@gmail.com

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