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    Default DIY Pack Top Lid

    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.



    Finished lid.







    The Kifaru XTL weight



    Steve Lid...



    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.

    Steve
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    Very nice Steve....such a talented guy...!!! Any chance I could get a Kifaru colored pillow for next season?..........lol
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Sweet. Nice job and great quality. We should start a sewing circle.

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    Great job Steve! Where did you get your material?
    "Grin and Bear It"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tearbear View Post
    Great job Steve! Where did you get your material?
    You can buy the fabric straight from Kyrptek or off ebay, I bought it from Kryptek, had to buy 10 yards but that was cheaper than they wanted for 5 yards on ebay. It is listed on a separate site so google Kryptek fabric.
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    Thanks, that really turned out nice.
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