Customer Project: Rescue Pack - Version 1
The foam padding in the straps is a GI sleeping pad I cut up.
The black fabric lining the suspension is a stretch synthetic of some kind that I picked up at a local fabric shop.
The 1" webbing I bought cheap at a local shop.
How do I make it?
Making the framesheet was a simple matter of using a heat gun to mold the kydex into the appropriate shape.
The shoulder straps were more difficult; I couldn't figure out a way to make contoured shoulder straps with a sewing machine, so I had to hand-stitch the shell around the foam core. It wasn't easy, and the finished product was rather 'meh' compared to some of the high-tech suspension systems you see on commercial packs. if/when I build version 2 of this project, I plan to just use a commercially manufactured harness, probably the one off of my Osprey backpacking pack.
For an exhaustive description of the build process, please see my blog post series at the following links: