Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Handmade Hip Packs for Bikepacking

Examined by Logan Watts

The Dumpling hip packs (Huge and common; 6 and three liters, respectively) add to Porcelain Rocket’s rising line of seam-welded, totally weatherproof luggage. The Huge Dumpling is the one hip pack listed right here that’s 100% weatherproof; observe the “weatherproof” designation instantiates that it’s not submersible. However, primarily based on utilizing it fairly a bit, I’ll attest that I it’s just about waterproof. Which means, irrespective of the deluge, contents will stay dry. That truth alone will persuade lots of photographers in search of a hip pack for camera-carrying duties. And, that is the primary purpose that it’s been my alternative hip pack for bringing on multi-day journeys the place climate was questionable. This consists of our weeklong journey in Ethiopia, a latest journey in Montana, and a number of other others.

Porcelain Rocket big Dumpling Hip Pack Review
Porcelain Rocket big Dumpling Hip Pack Review

Just like Porcelain Rocket’s 52hz body pack, Horton handlebar system, and Nigel handlebar bag, the Huge Dumpling is neatly designed and constructed with their very own “LightBlack” PU-coated 420D cloth. Having extensively used a number of of the aforementioned luggage over lengthy durations of time, I can actually again this cloth and building’s waterproofness, and sturdiness. And, like these different luggage, the Huge Dumpling is designed round a roll-top closure which has a sewn in plastic stiffener to make it straightforward to roll. Identical to Nigel, it has a single elastic wire which loops round a replaceable plastic hook to maintain it in place. The plastic hook is the one factor on the bag I used to be fearful may break, however I’ve had no issues with it over a thousand+ miles of use. And, even when I did, it’s replaceable and could be a straightforward repair out on the path. One different factor to notice is that when the Huge Dumpling was loaded with my DIY digital camera insert (see beneath), the double elastic straps had been fairly tight and put lots of pressure on the clip. I ended up eradicating the smaller elastic strap which was excellent.

The truth that it’s waterproof isn’t all that units the Huge Dumpling aside. It’s additionally fairly massive, each in quantity and its strap framework. The structured hip wings and belt are bigger than the opposite two luggage I attempted, which make it probably the most able to carrying heavy masses. I usually loaded it up with a full-frame Sony A7III and two massive/quick prime lenses, amongst different issues. This resulted in a 2 kg (four.four pound) load, which the Huge Dumpling nonetheless handles very well. The bigger wings and belt additionally make it fairly snug and secure.

Porcelain Rocket big Dumpling Hip Pack Review
Porcelain Rocket big Dumpling Hip Pack Review

Different options embody an inside cellular phone/pockets sleeve, MOLLE webbing alongside hip wings for added equipment, and entrance and backside accent loops for including carry straps for additional clothes, a fishing rod, knee pads, and many others. All this coupled with the quick-access roll-top closure and the burly/waterproof building provides as much as a extremely succesful hip pack that’s unquestionably the best-in-class for safeguarding gear from the weather. As such, the Huge Dumpling is most frequently my alternative hip pack for carrying a digital camera on an enormous journey, or perhaps a small one when climate is questionable. The Huge Dumpling weighs 413 grams and suits as much as a 42” waist. Like all different Porcelain Rocket luggage, it’s made in Canada.

What’s to Like

It’s fully waterproof
Large quantity; glorious for a big digital camera
Compression straps, massive wing design, and large 2” strap/buckle makes it very secure underneath load

Weaknesses

Is likely to be slightly cumbersome for smaller riders or small masses (however there’s at all times the common Dumpling).
Solely is available in LightBlack

Weight: 411 grams (14.5 oz) Worth: $180CAD
Place of Manufacture: Alberta, CA Producer’s Particulars: Hyperlink

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Swift Industries Elwha

Swift Industries Elwha

Kind: Zippered Hip Pack
Quantity: 2.5 liters
Made from: CORDURA

Examined by TJ Kearns

Handmade in Seattle, the two.5-liter Swift Elwha Pack isn’t your common fanny pack. The Elwha is equal elements hip pack and handlebar bag. Mounted to the bars utilizing a soft-mount webbing system, the hip pack straps stow discreetly in a sleeve in the back of the bag. No racks wanted. Swift purposely designed the Elwha to hold a fly fishing equipment, sunscreen, maps, and a windbreaker. Nonetheless, it’s a flexible bag that may carry no matter you’d like, with some restraint because it’s not the biggest on this combine.

It’s additionally expandable. There are two exterior webbing straps on the bottom of the Elwha Pack to hold a fishing pole, or different cylindrical object. With the waist straps, the Elwha Pack transforms to a well-constructed hip pack that simply stows a small digital camera, amongst different objects. And, the Tenkara patch is hooked up with velcro backing, so be happy to swap it out.

Swift Elwha Hip Pack
Swift Elwha Hip Pack

Initially, the Elwha Pack was collaboratively designed as a “bikefishing” hip pack by Swift Industries and Tenkara Rod Co. The Elwha pack was constructed for the important fly fishing equipment, sunscreen, maps, and windbreaker, and could be simply built-in right into a entrance bedroll harness. As talked about, there are two exterior webbing straps on the bottom of the Elwha Pack to securely carry a Tenkara fishing pole (or the restricted version Swift Industries X Tenkara rod), and options particulars that optimize the pack for fly fishing. These embody a number of locations to connect nippers, floating, or different fishing equipment, in addition to the detachable patch, which transforms right into a fly catcher.

Swift Elwha Hip Pack
Swift Elwha Hip Pack

The Elwha Pack measures 10 x 6 x 2.5″ (25 x 15 x 6cm) and has 2.5L (155 cubic inches) of quantity. It’s made with a Dyneema Ripstop liner, 1000D Cordura exterior, spacer Mesh, and waterproof YKK zippers. The bag sells for $120, and the Elwha Tenkara Rod fly rod combo initially offered for $270.

What’s to Like

Small and light-weight with a “barely there” really feel to it
Good inside pockets for group
Prime quality construct
Exterior straps for securing Tenkara Rod Case

Can Mount to handlebars or worn as hip pack

Weaknesses

Not Waterproof
Small design isn’t large enough for a large digital camera and may not maintain sufficient for prolonged journeys
Costly

Worth: $120
Place of Manufacture: Seattle, Washington Producer’s Particulars: Hyperlink

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DIY Padded Digicam Insert (For Your Hip Pack)

Whereas it’s fairly straightforward to stuff a down jacket right into a hip pack to offer padding to your digital camera, that’s not at all times supreme. As a substitute, we suggest a devoted padded digital camera insert for those who’re planning on recurrently utilizing your hip pack as a digital camera bag. There are fairly a couple of digital camera inserts accessible from shopper web sites resembling Amazon and BHphoto, nonetheless, they’re by no means the right measurement. If in case you have entry to a stitching machine (and little or no stitching ability), you possibly can simply make your individual. We made this one out of a recycled flannel shirt and three items of light-weight closed cell foam that got here from a packing insert.

Other than being free, the wonderful thing about a making your individual padded digital camera insert is that you need to use a mushy outdated t-shirt or different such cotton cloth that’s straightforward on the digital camera. The shop-bought variations usually have a nylon outer cloth which could be abrasive to the end of a digital camera.

Briefly, I traced the digital camera with the biggest lens on a bit of cardboard. Then we matched that profile with a single piece of froth for the underside and sides. As soon as that foremost physique was established, the back and front panels had been made. Then, all three items of froth had been sewn within two items of lower cloth. As soon as every was enclosed in flannel, they had been all joined collectively by stitching the perimeter with home made 1.5cm huge grosgrain (we simply used some outdated cloth we had available), which binds the sides of the stitched panels. The end result isn’t precisely fairly, but it surely works like a allure and this one now has a pair thousand miles on it.

In closing, go away us a remark beneath when you have a hand-crafted hip pack that you simply’d suggest…

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