REI may be our favorite place to stock up on the latest outdoor gear, but making and using your own DIY gear is a rewarding experience too! A few years back I picked up the cheapest sewing machine I could find and started designing and sewing my own gear for backpacking, climbing, and cycling. Fastforward a few years, and I'm still using my budget sewing machine and have made top quilts, tarps, cycling panniers, and more!
Let's see some other DIY backpacking gear! Anything from fully designed and built at home gear to those simple hacks that make your favorite gear even better. Share a few pictures and briefly describe what it is and why you did it!
One of my most used pieces of gear is a down topquilt that I made at home. It's served me well in everything from winter weather to summer weather and in tents, vehicles, and hammocks. It's made from ultralight 1oz nylon ripstop, has 3 inch baffles, and uses 800 fill power down that was salvaged from a nice pillow. I made it because I wanted to reduce the weight of my sleeping gear and wanted to dive into making my own gear for fun.
Now it's your turn! Let's see some of your DIY gear!
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