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Platforms / PIMPS Turnkey 03 in M81 woodland
« on: May 18, 2019, 06:18:18 PM »
PIMPS (Practical Integrated Modular Platform, Scalable) Turnkey 03 (consists of Accessory Panel 03, Harness 02, and Waist strap 01) shown in M81.  MIL-W-5664 elastic stitched to laser cut ACRONYM holds five 20rd M4 mags or similar.

14.4oz / 408g

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Packs and bags / Backpack #8 a-tacs le-x
« on: August 24, 2018, 06:32:47 PM »
Here is a preview.

More photos on my blog.

Packs and bags / Re: Backpack #7 multicam.
« on: August 11, 2018, 03:40:25 AM »
As far as that zippered pocket (in front panel) goes;

I am sure that there is a hidden line of stitching over there, and that visible one isn't the only one.  But i would add another visible line of stitching, just for show. It gives a product a bit more finished and higher quality look. An average user might not realize that the zipper is not held in place with only a single line of stitching.

A superb build quality (and design) is what sets the gear made by like guys us apart from average mass produced the civilian products.

And that should show in the product

Introductions / I would like to introduce myself, i am from Illinois
« on: March 24, 2018, 09:45:06 PM »
I would like to introduce myself. I will use the name bentneedle. ( i think the name is obvious)

 i am an older man that set down at a sewing machine after being away for close to 40 years. My first project was to make a M56 styled fanny pack.

I am not looking to start business at this time but i would very much like to improve my skills. I hope that with your patience and guidance  i will be able to accomplish my goal.

Thank You

Concept, design, and engineering / Re: Laptop Sleeve
« on: December 16, 2017, 10:56:17 PM »
Quick shot I had from awhile ago...

Packs and bags / Squish’mups: Compression Panel Day Pack
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:53:25 AM »

My new compression panel day pack, the Squish’mups.
(And just to give you a sense of the size, I’m 203 cm (6'7") and 113 kg (250 lbs). Yes, I make a 130 lb. Great Dane look small.)

I’ve tried a few approaches to this idea, and they all fell a bit short. But I’m certain this will be the solution! I think. Maybe...

The idea is to have a detachable day pack that I would have with me on a two hour hike or a two week canoe trip.
There are things that are necessary for both – what changes usually is insulation, shelter, food, etc., on longer trips and time of year.
I want to have a way to carry the necessities; water, means to purify it, first aid kit, rain protection, some insulation, a day of food, etc.

Besides being able to carry it as a stand alone day pack (with or without a waist belt, and with a frame sheet, aluminum stays, or both, or none) or have it attached to a frame (Kifaru or the one I’ll eventually build),
it’ll serve as a compression panel. Between the Squish’mups and the frame I can carry a no-frills pack sack (the next thing I’ll make), a duffel bag, a dry bag, a barrel, a Pelican case, a rifle drag bag, etc., etc.

The difference between some of my other attempts, is to have a pack not very deep, but wide and tall.
Keeping the depth of it down helps prevent the center of gravity from being put too far out.
The dimensions are 60 cm (23") x 33 cm (13") 10 cm x (4").

Using some very complimicalated mathematics*, I derived at a figure of this being about a 37 liter pack, or approximately 2250 cubic inches.

*( C = W + D x 2 ÷ π ÷ 2 = R
π x R² x H = V )

Any of you at all in the know, will automatically recognize that the belt and the way it’s attached, and really the whole suspension, is pretty much my take on the Kifaru Omni system.
I’ve been using it for a decade, it works very well - so why re-invent the wheel as far as that went. Some ideas for the belt were also nicked from the Hill People Gear Prairie Belt.)
This is to a large degree a larger E&E with an Omni suspension.

Some closeups of the belt. I changed the Delta Straps a little by adding removable ladder locks. In Kifaru’s the webbing is sewn into the belt.
I wanted to be able to have this as a stand alone belt if need be, and wanted to be able to remove them altogether. (The HPG belt does something similar.)
I also added four tabs along the top so that I could attach suspenders.
The other things I did was attach Eva-Zote foam and spacer mesh to the belt (as well as two strips along the back) both for padding and - hopefully - a bit of comfort on hot days.

Another view of the belt with the ladder locks removed and the suspender tabs more visible.
The other thing I did was use a buckle arrangement similar to the HPG Prairie Belt.

The back, showing the inside and outside. The 2" straps at the top go all the way to the bottom, and serves as a carry handle.

The back, showing the inside and outside. Inside I put 4, ½" strips of webbing on both the front and the back,
so that I could hold things in place with bunjee cords and cord locks.
Inside is also a slot for an HDPE frame sheet and you can just see the 2" slot pockets for aluminum stays. I can use one or the other, or both, or none.

Bottom. Bit hard to tell, but it’s an irregular hexagon.
One piece of gear that I absolutely wanted to use was my MSR Titan Kettle – which was a bit bigger than the depth I had envisioned for this.
I shaped the pack so that only the bottom part I would put it in was sized to accommodate it. The rest tapers away to be as slim as possible.

Sides showing the water bottle holders (corsets so that any size bottle can be accommodated), compression straps, and the daisy chain riding up the sides and over the top.

Top, again showing the daisy chain and the compression straps, as well as carrying handle (the straps go all the way along the back to the bottom).

Trekking pole holders on the front. A strip of ½" webbing, sewn to be 2 channels, with bunjee cord and a cord lock.

The straps that will attach the compression pack to the frame.

Some closeups.


​​​Closer look at the water bottle holders. I wanted to be able to accommodate different sized bottle​s​ if need be.
I did the bottom so there is a hinge, to better fit either Kleen Kanteens or the Classic 1 liter Nalgenes. And on the bottom by the seam you can see the two holes I put for the cord to emerge from.

​​​The Kifaru E&E and the Squish’mups side by side. I got the E&E a decade ago for the purpose I outlined earlier.
Just found it too small for my needs. I also found the fact that I can only attach it via the sides meant it always sags down.​


​The ½" strips of webbing and how things are held in place with bunjee cords and cord locks.
If it was a top opening pack I could just shove things down inside. Given that it opens all the way up, I wanted to makes sure everything stayed put when I opened it.

To give a description of what’s all here:
Starting top left, first aid kit (I’m going to make one specifically to fit along the width along the top, and have it be a tear-away),
below that a pouch with some miscellaneous stuff - repair kit, toiletry kit, headlamp, gaiters.
To the right of that, at the top, an inflatable seat pad, below that a ground sheet (foot print from a 1 person MEC tent) below that a bag with approximately a days worth of food.
To the right of that a bag with a sweater, gloves, socks, toque and buff, all in merino wool.
To the right of that at the top, a Swiss mesh scarf.
About a meter square, it’s one if those items I could in theory live without, but it’s so versatile it always comes along and I always find a use for it.
As a scarf, I drape it over or wrap it around my head when I sleep, I’ve rigged it up as a sun shade, it can serve as camouflage, collect leaves for a debris shelter,
I’ve strung it up as a place to put gear so it’s off the ground - the uses are endless.
Below that is a cozy that fits a home made dehydrated meal and inside of it is my trusty MSR Titan kettle
and LMF cup with a homemade stove and wind screen and fuel bottles and lighter.
Below that is an Integral Tactical silnylon poncho. Thin and light, it serves as both wearable rain protection and shelter.

Anyway, my confident prognostication that this will be THE solution ... fell a bit short. It’s very close, but not quite. It’s really comfortable, but then again, it’s an Omni suspension, so it would be.

My biggest gripe is the water bottle carriers. The bunjee cord adjustment system mainly.
The next go round will be attached in the seam at the bottom, and via SRB at the top, and instead of a cord lattice, it will be webbing straps adjustable via Velcro.

The daisy chain up the sides and top will be dispensed with, since its main purpose was for the bottle cord lattice to weave through.
And my initial thought was maybe use as an attachment point for something. Would rather dispense with the weight.

Also the way the compression straps attach to the pack itself when not on the main frame, will change. I had attachment points all the way up the sides, top and bottom.
Instead there will only be tabs specifically for those straps to connect to. Again, unnecessary weight for, maybe I might attach something to it some time.

The way the compression webbing attaches will be different as well. Part of my original design was to have a mesh panel that I could use to stick a wet rain jacket or tarp under.
Then it hit me. Duh. Why not just use those compression straps for that purpose. The next iteration will do away with the metal tri-glide / loop-loc attachment, have it be one piece and route through webbing tabs.
I can loosen it, stick what I need under it and cinch it tight. Basically, the ​​Kifaru Cargo Net​​.
Slightly different, but essentially, as soon as it’s no longer sewn to the pack, that’s what it became.

Another idea that seemed good at first, but had to actually use for a while to realize the shortcomings of,
are the trekking pole holders on the front. The next iteration will have them be attached to the main frame instead.

It will also be just a pocket, rather than a full on pack. Rather than a built in suspension, I’ll simply attach it to the main frame.
I think I may keep shoulder strap and waist belt attachment points (and maybe include pockets for aluminum stays).
If I want to take it off the frame and carry it alone, I can if I do that.
I intend to put a pocket along the back to slip a piece of foam in, both as a seat pad and to give the pack some rigidity.
(And that would also clear up room inside currently taken up by the inflatable seat pad I have in there.)

I also have the idea to do an iteration of it which is just a top opening pack, rather than a full clamshell opening.
While everything is neatly attached, I wonder if it’s really such a good use of the space available.

Everything else / grocery bags
« on: November 06, 2017, 10:27:54 AM »
So Christmas is less than 50 days away so I thought I'd make my family and friends something easy that says, "I'm tactical, but also environmentally conscious". So, I grabbed what scrap I had laying around and made a few bags. These first couple were for a friend who will gift them to his family.

These were super easy to make, no real pattern required except a few rectangles. The bags measure about 18x12x7.


Off Topic / Re: mixing camo
« on: November 02, 2017, 02:32:23 AM »
I always loved to see those crazy combo's pass by in my newsfeed.

Thanks mate! I honestly enjoyed every second of it all! Loved doing the patchwork ones too... basically gave the whole team free range to go nuts with colour combos. They loved it too! :)

What have you been up to lately, since closing bogear?

I've taken a bit of a break to refresh and refocus. I don't have my machines with me, so have been somewhat "forced" to just relax :D 

I have also been working with some design clients, leveraging our international manufacturing contacts, and helping the same design clients batch manufacture overseas. About to relaunch the website and showcase this new direction... but as with everything in business, it has taken ten times longer than expected!

I do plan to release some new products under a sub-brand "designed by BOgear" but that is slightly later down the track when I've got my machines out of storage so I can do prototypes and sampling. Starting to get that itchy feeling again and wanting to sew... haven't had it in a loooong time!

And to get the original post back on track, here is a "Patchwork" bag using scrap. These also look awesome but understandably are next level in labour.

Packs and bags / MC black rifle bag
« on: August 13, 2017, 05:43:01 AM »

Just wanted to share this project i did for a friend recently. It's made to size for his AR. It has full velcro interior. 6mm spacermesh for padding. Molle and a medium sized pocket on the outside. Fixed carry handles. And removeable shoulderstraps.
 front and backpanel each consists of 5 layers. Double layer of 500d on to woch the molle and carry handles are sewn. Then a piece of 6mm spacermesh. And then a full size piece of velcro sewn to a layer of 500d. Still waiting on the matching paracord and cord ends to finish off the zippers.

Any sugestions and (constructive) criticism is always welcome


Pouches / Sew’mups
« on: August 02, 2017, 07:46:10 PM »

I’ve been using a lacklustre toiletry bag for my sewing kit for about 15 years.
I guess it sort of did the trick, but it was lacking in many ways. I often thought that I should gut the interior and rebuild it. But it always ended up on the back burner.
I jokingly figured I would finish all the other things I wanted to make, finally tackle it ... and then never make anything else.
Figured I would make much more in the years to come and that I owed it to myself to come up with something that really worked.

The Sew’mups.

Let’s get the most important feature out of the way first: the all important velcro patch panel.
Size wise, it’s 24 cm (9½") high, 16.5 cm (6½") wide, and 7.5 cm (3") deep

The back features PALS webbing. Partly for attaching to packs and bags, but also to serve as a slot to house a pair of scissors and forceps.
The latter both for pulling a needle, but also to serve as a fid and end grabber for doing paracord work. It can also serve as a precision clamp.

This top view shows the fur coat closure system I use to prevent the two tools from falling out. (They’re called “fur clips” {pelzhaken in German}.
Prym makes it, and the product code for it in black is 416502, although it is also available in brown and beige.)
The ring was sewn between the two ends of the ½" webbing, and the metal clasp was sewn to the top of the pouch.
I’ve done it on a few medical pouches and it works very nicely.

And a close up of the lanyard knots I used for the zipper pulls.

The two sides. I used a #10 zipper, which is probably over kill, but I had this and didn’t feel like making a trip just to get a smaller zipper.
(And you’ll see white positioning marks everywhere. They’ll fade in time.)

Bottom. It’s not actually that lumpy and misshapen.

Okay, the outside is a pretty straightforward rectangular pouch. Let’s get on to the juicy bits, the interior.

I wanted to be able to open it right up and lay it flat. Yet, if I had it attached to a bag or pack, it could fall open and nothing would fall out.

The front panel features CLASP (Cord Lattice Attachment System Pattern), paracord with the cores taken out and sewn in a matrix.
I can attach bunjee cord to this to hold spools of thread (Coats Upholstery for the most part) and film canisters with (rarely used) safety pins, and (often used) rubber thimbles.
Also put a Filzer I‑Beam X‑90 flashlight in there.

In the bottom I attached these ITW-Nexus PipeDoc Sternum Sliders.
And I used them in a completely different way than they were ever intended to be used.
How I intend to use them is as a spindle for a spool of thread. A piece of paracord with a button knot in one end as a stopper.
The bunjee is fine for storing thread, but for the thread that I’m using for a given project, and will use for a while usually, I wanted to have easier access to.

Paracord goes through the spool, slide the paracord through the piping holder and finish it off with a figure 8 to serve as a stopper knot on the other end. Works very nicely so far.

Behind this is a slot to house a sketchbook. I use it for sketching ideas, visually solving problems, scribbling down measurements and calculations, etc.

The back panel.

Trying to figure out slots to house all the myriad of tools is a pain in the butt.
Not to mention, I might use different tools sometimes for different tasks, purchase different tools that are a different size, etc.
So what I came up with in the Exploriment Laboratories is an exciting new modular attachment system known as VREE – Velcro Repositionable Exchangeable Equipment.
(My 4th modular attachment system for anyone keeping count, after Thomas’ Attachable Bag System, Belt Attachment Lowerable Loop System and Cord Lattice Attachment System Pattern.)

Each tool has a pocket made of hook Velcro on the back, and loop Velcro on the front.
This way I can position them where I like, remove them, stack them on top of each other, etc.

A closeup of one of the pouches. Not at all fancy. I’ve been adding a piece of webbing and a bit of velcro on it to help hold the contents in place.

I still intend to make a few more pockets, but to give you an idea:
Top row: Olfa retractable knife, Dritz measuring gauge,
6" metal ruler, and needles in the loop Velcro with a piece of loop Velcro over that to hold them in place.
(One of the things I still have to make are some pockets for pencil lead holders that I use to hold needles.
But these are the ones I use most frequently, so I thought it made sense to have them be easily accessible.),
and while it’s folded out of the way in this picture, you can see it in the one above, a Victorinox Classic.
Bottom row: extra blades for the Olfa knife, A Staedtler Mars Technico drafting pencil
 – I like these partly because the plunger contains a semi-decent sharpener (will get a second one for which I’m trying to find white lead),
Victorinox SwissCard scissors, a measuring tape, bic lighter, candle in a tin, and a white Sakura GellyRoll marker.

Closeup of the holder for the measuring tape.

A tea light I pressed into a small tin. If I have to singe the ends of a lot of webbing or material or cord, I prefer to do it with a candle.
Keep a lighter lit for a long time and it quickly gets hot enough to burn your thumb. Plus it’s a waste of the fuel.
I have loads of tea light candles I’d prefer to use up before I use up disposable lighters or butane.

Let me just put this picture up again to show another feature, the Bulldog Tails. I use binder clips a lot.
I used to store them in M&M tubes. When I work on something, as I sew an area, I start removing the bulldog clips.
Rather than put them back in the tubes, I would just toss them in the bag, or clip them to things. Not a great solution.
This way I can store them, have easy access both to getting them and also putting them back.
Plus it’s just more streamlined than the tubes. I can flip them out of the way to get at the tools underneath.

To prevent them flipping and flapping too much, I put clips on the bottom of them, which attach to a loop of paracord.

And in a slot pocket behind I have a cutting mat. Not an item I’ll use so much, but still really useful to have. And it gives some rigidity to the pouch.

And it’s still roughly the same size as the old pouch, probably even a bit smaller.

Pouches / Newbie First Pouch
« on: July 30, 2017, 01:09:41 PM »
One of my first attempts at a zippered utility pouch in an unknown  bright orange outdoor fabric.

[imghttp://orange pouch by Backyard_CNC, on Flickr][/img]

Packs and bags / Punisher EDC backpack
« on: July 01, 2017, 09:46:23 AM »
Hey guys, I´d like to show you my latest backpack (vastly inspired by CDH-tac backpacks :) )
Material is 500d MC black Cordura
- backpack has two compartments - for laptop/hydration bladder and main compartment
- laptop compartment is padded
- main compartment has two mesh pockets and pals for organizing things
- there is one outer pocket and one mesh pocket in "beavertail"

looking forward to your opinion...

Packs and bags / Rolltop backpack and fanny packs
« on: April 29, 2017, 04:19:57 AM »
Since I design everything for my civie brand around tallcans, here are a couple of things I've made.

First out is the basic rolltop pack, the shape is going to be my base pattern for any custom work. There are tons of options in the pattern, such as side pockets, extended neck for a donut type closure, more tech backpanel and straps etc. This one is made with no binding tape, since I ran out, but I really like that the liner is separate from the rest of the pack, making it almost waterproof. They are fairly fast to manufacture, I made 2 in 9 hours 30 minutes (4h 25m each), which is a must to keep the pricepoint I want.

The "promo gear" is a simple waistbag, satchel, manpurse or whatever you want to call it. I use a norwegian word that is a weird way of saying bag.. Design to hold 2 tallcans. This is to get the brand out there, low price to get people into the brand. I offer them in black, CB and RG exterior and black, grey, blue, turquoise and orange interior. The MC one is a limited edition cause I don't have any more MC left... I want to add more options for the exterior color, as well as different types of fabric. If you want to figure out how to make the simplest zippered pouch, go on Youtube and watch those ladies teach you how to sew a zipper ;D It's a simple pattern and it's pretty much impossible to fuck it up. These are probably 30-40 minutes from start to finish.

Introductions / New brand - same guy
« on: April 27, 2017, 01:34:33 PM »
When I lived in Vancouver I met a couple of guys who had multiple brands, where they made stuff for fixed gear bikes and your average hipster crowd. They also had a brand that did OEM production for various local businesses. Pretty cool business model, and I figured if I was ever to move home, I should add another brand to keep me busy. So when I moved home, I decided to start my own civie brand, because I am interested in streetwear and I do like bags 8) And I also like to have stuff to do, so 2 business might keep me afloat a bit better than just one, especially considering how tiny our Mil is.
Product-wise I want to mainly do custom backpacks, mostly rolltops. However, the main product in the beginning is a very simple waistbag/fannypack with a low pricepoint to get the name out there, possibly alongside a tote bag/grocery bag. I haven't made any packs yet, and I'll share the photos of the bags once I get some proper photos taken. I'm also making t-shirts, simply because my friends want them and it's great publicity.

The name translates into "The wolf and the needle", my middle name spells the same way as "The wolf"- but it's from a geographic location rather than the animal, but don't tell anyone.
Here is the logo and artwork. Black background is the standard, the white will not be used unless I have to for some reason.

Anyone else run multiple brands?

Everything else / Leatherwork
« on: March 14, 2017, 06:06:08 AM »

I recently took up leatherwork, as well as photography (in an attempt to take better photos of my sewn goods, as I'd like to transform my hobby in an actual business in the near future). I've made a few items for my own personal use:

If anyone has experience in taking quality product photos, and is willing to share some knowledge, I'd love to discuss it. I'm currently having issues taking good images of a pack made from black cordura, as I can't seem to get the details of the pack to contrast properly.

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