Hiking Daypack Version 2

After my first prototype, I adjusted the pattern to better fit my body. If you want more information about the materials used and where on the pack, check out my previous post.


Prototype 2

The significant changes occurred at the top of the back piece. First, I widened the back piece from 11-1/2 to 13-1/2 inches. Second, I flattened the middle portion of the top back seam and changed the slope of the side portions to better match the slope of my shoulders. Finally, I also widened the front piece, which means I needed to widen the front top and bottom as well.

Prototype 1


I was able to use a lot of materials left over from my first prototype because of the quantity I was required to order. I had excess webbing, tension locks, shock cord, cord locks, 3D spacer mesh, spandura, and grommets. This type of project is still expensive, regardless.


  • The length of the pack is too long and rubs against my tailbone area. I will be shortening the pack a bit.
  • The width of the pack at the bottom is too wide. I needed to widen the back for my straps, but I’m going to make the front narrow again, and I’m also going to narrow the back bottom.
  • The roll top has too much fabric, so that will get shortened. I only need to roll the pack top 3-4 times.
  • The sides are also too wide, and I can narrow them and still fit a 1L Nalgene bottle.
  • The final pack will be closer to 25L and not 30L.

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