Kifaru makes great pack lids, I have one of each, however none really a exactly what I need for my style of hunting. I never remove the lid so I just don't need the ability to do that and would rather have the extra storage for that pack weight. So I decided to make a custom lid for my Timberline pack. It will be replacing a XTL lid.
Wanted to use the entire lid for storage and wanted it bigger so I made it a couple inches larger, both wider and longer. I made the zipper open in a quick rip style and added a few tie downs on top and a row to secure a pullout or other storage in the lid.
Used a special tool to round the corners..
Cut the top and bottom.
Installed the #8 water resistant zippers.
Trying to figure out how to install it.
Got all the parts made, time to make it one piece.
Sewing on the draw cords.
Top and bottom done, now time to see if they work together.
Top with the tie downs.
Sewing it up.
So far so good.
All done,, side by side.
The Kifaru XTL weight
So my home made lid come in about 4 OZs lighter and I gained about 500 CI, I figure this lid has about 1100 CI of storage with faster access. Will give it a good test drive soon during spring bear season.