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SlowBro - Continental Divide Trail Journal - 2020

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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 10, 2020
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Feb 15th, 2020
Start: Eugene
End: Eugene
Daily Distance: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 146
Journal Visits: 5,167
Guestbook Views: 426
Guestbook Entrys: 7

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Rain Pants

Rain Pants Project-Part 2

In the last blog I had decided to make a pair of rain pants out of a yard and a half of some new ultralight waterproof/breathable fabric I found online. I had received the fabric and was about to start my project.

Now I made the pattern using my old rain pants as a template. Then I laid the pieces out assuming a standard fabric width of 60 inches. The description online had not given the width. Using the 60 inch width, I knew I needed a length of 1.5 yards. So I was surprised when the fabric arrived and only measured 54 inches wide. A full 6 inches narrower than I had reckoned on.

Well, by nipping and tucking and some creative piecing and deciding to make the legs slightly narrower, I was able to squeeze a modified version of my rain pants out of the smaller piece of fabric.

It was not quite what I had envisioned, but would be serviceable. So I cut everything out and sewed them up. As the pattern was very simple, they went together very quickly.

To seal the seams and make them waterproof, I was using heat fusible seam tape. This required an iron and a deft hand so as to fuse the tape without melting the ultralight nylon fabric. Lets just say the process was nerve wracking and the end result was usable and waterproof if not very aesthetically pleasing.

In the end, I made a new pair of full length rain pants that weigh an amazing 2.6 ounces. The old rain pains were just under 4 ounces.

Now to see if they work...
See you back on the 1st.

- Safe Travels my friends...

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"The Journey IS The Reward" -SlowBro

"If you feel like quitting, just keep walking." -Gypsy Spirit


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