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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
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Rain Pants Project
(Note- I will be blogging on the 1st and 15th each month until April and then I plan to blog weekly until I start my trek at which point I will blog daily.)
Well, I am always tinkering with my gear trying to make it better. And many times I do, but there are some projects that die a quiet death at some point. Hopefully this will not be one of them.
Why rain pants? You ask. Dont you already have a great pair of zpacks Vertice rain pants? Well, yes. And arent they in good working order and super light? Yeah. So why the new project?
Well, to tell the truth, I saw this new waterproof/breathable fabric online and it's even lighter and more breathable than the zpacks fabric. I really wanted to try it out, but the seller was just selling the fabric and not anything made with it. So I decided I could make some rain pants and if that worked, maybe a parka.
I figured I could just copy my existing rain pants and so, as I have done with previous projects, I set out to make a pattern. And, as always, it was hard to do, because I didnt want to take the pants apart. I did the best I could and laid out the pieces to figure the yardage of fabric I would need, calculating I could get by with a yard and a half. At $ 42 a yard I wanted to be conservative.
Yes, this experiment would cost about $ 70 in materials, but if it worked it would still be less than half the price of the commercial version and about half the weight. So I ordered the fabric and some seam sealing tape and waited.
It seemed to take a long time, but the package arrived recently And I was able to get started.
Next time - how I deal with too little fabric...
- Safe Travels my friends...
SlowBro's Continental Divide Trail Journey
"I can't say as ever I was lost, but I was bewildered once for three days." -Daniel Boone
"The Journey IS The Reward" -SlowBro
"If you feel like quitting, just keep walking." -Gypsy Spirit
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