MYOG 2.92 Dyneema Overview
I can't believe I am already on backpack number 6, but I keep making small tweaks to my design and it keeps getting better and better. If you haven't seen my original versions here is a quick overview:
- MYOG Backpack V1 (I did not finished but I learned a lot)
- MYOG Backpack V2 (Finished but needed some tweaks)
- MYOG Backpack V3 (My favorite backpack that I took on a handful of hikes. Side pockets were too small for larger bottles and I wanted it to be a little more robust)
- MYOG Backpack V4 (First backpack with larger side pockets)
- MYOG Backpack V5 (Venom UHMWPE TPU Coated Fabric)
I really liked the form and function of V5. The Venom UHMWPE fabric was really tough, but it was a lot softer than dyneema and had a bit less structure. I decided to go back with a Dyneema fabric on V6 for that structure and stiffness. The stiffness in my opinion is convenient when filling a roll top bag, it doesn't flop over which makes it easier to fill.
As always my MYOG rolltop backpack design has a unique zipper access on the back panel which makes it great as a ultralightweight photography hiking backpack!
ℹ️ Recommended Sewing Gear
Here is a list of sewing gear that I recommend for making your first MYOG Backpack:
In the picture above you can see all the items I have in there. This was packed with items I took on my recent Honeymoon to Hawaii. I did add my puffy jacket to use some more space for taking pictures of it though.
Here are the items I fit in here in the above picture:
- In the bottom I have two Peak Design Tech Pouches (Amazon Affiliate). One tech pouch has extra batteries, charging cables etc. The second Tech Pouch has all my camera cleaning gear.
- In between the Tech Pouches I have a Lonely Planet book for Kauai Hawaii.
- Above the Tech pouches I have two Matador Lens Base Layers (Amazon Affiliate) each with a different camera lens in them.
- Next I have stacked two Medium Nite Ize RunOff Waterproof Packing Cubes (Amazon Affiliate) one of which has my Sony A9 Camera in it with padding
- Lastly my puffy jacket is on the very top
I have mentioned this in previous posts about why I love roll top style bags, but it's because I love the flexibility to change the size of the bag based on what I am carrying.
The entire pack is Dyneema, but I did use a 5.0 Dyneema for the shoulder straps and the bottom of the backpack just for a little more abrasion resistance in the high wear areas.
MYOG Backpack V6 Design Changes
Other than changing the fabric to mostly 2.92 oz Dyneema Composite Fabric Hybrid CT5K.18/wov.32c there are a handful of small design changes with this pack compared to my previous MYOG backpack. Other than the stiffness of the Dyneema I also chose it for its waterproofness.
I really loved the design of my MYOG Backpack V5 because I had some cool color contrast with the 6.5 oz Woven Melange with Dyneema on the side pockets and bottom. The Melange is a cool super tough material but it kind of soaks up water and sweat... This pack I made specifically to take to Hawaii for my Honeymoon and with the humidity and rain when compared to San Diego, I wanted a material that wouldn't soak up my sweat and look gross while I hiked. So I also used Dyneema for the bottom and the side pockets on this pack.
The first major change is the pack dimensions. I thought my previous bags looks a little wide on my back. So for this one I took an entire inch off the width and then added that inch back to the side panels so I wouldn't lose any total volume.
I also felt like my older designs rode a little low so I also shortened the shoulder straps a bit. Shortening the shoulder straps was fantastic! I was a bit nervous about this major change but this guy feels amazing where it rides on my back.
The next design change was the back stretch pocket. In all of my previous models I closed them up with a water resistant zipper. The issue here was that the pocket was stretch but the zipper was not. When I would reach my hand into the stretch pocket with the zipper, the zipper would not stretch and would scrape against my hand and was kind of annoying. Using just Dyneema stretch mesh and making the pocket deep, I had no issues on multiple hikes in Hawaii of gear falling out. I am very happy with this design change.
The last design change with this pack was the side straps. In past models I went with some 550 cord and a simple line lock to cinch things down. With this pack I switch to a side strap with a buckle. I switched in the buckle because it makes it easier to strap in larger items in my side pockets. Without the buckle I had to slide my Peak Design Travel Tripod (Amazon Affiliate) from the top. With the buckle I can un-buckle and strap it in much quicker and easier.
I will end this quick write up with a few pictures of the construction of this MYOG Dyneema backpack. I won't go into detail of each step in the build process. I have documented most of these steps in previous articles. I recommend checking out the links at the beginning to my earlier models if you are interested in how to sew your own MYOG pack.
MYOG Shoulder Straps
Attaching the Back Zipper
Putting it all Together and Seam Sealing