Brandon's new Alpine Machine 50+! 11 months in making since his first email. Not an uncommon timeline at all. Some folks just order directly off the website, some people it's 40 emails, phone call or two and mailing different fabric swatches. Often the final decisions take place the day before I start cutting fabric, then it's too late. This pack is built out of Xpac x51 fabric. It is a combination of woven 500/1000D Cordura woven face fabric. Incredibly durable. I use it on all of the wear areas on every frame and seat bag. I also build the Higgs Boson ski pack out of this fabric. I don't see others using it. The bottom and lower rim are great ballistics nylon, full access side zipper, removable avy gear pocket, wand pockets, twin 7075 alloy stays and a thinner version of the cut to measure conical waist belt. Thin belt is a joint experiment. While it's a bigger pack it can be easily shrunk down for skimo, drop the lid and frame, pull in the compression straps, have thinner belt for active movement but fits your hips well to transfer weight for backpacking and/or general mountaineering. That's the idea anyways.
Now for something new. This Alpine Machine 50L is made from a new fabric: a woven blend of Dyneema and polyester. The heather purple color is the dye on the polyester yarns, Dyneema fiber doesn't take dye. It's quite heavy duty, can be ordered in any custom dyed color for any pack I make. I had seen the prototype of this fabric from a mill in Taiwan at outdoor retailer two winters ago. On the fabric swatch header card it is called " knife proof" by the mill. Told me all I needed to know. This is not a laminated fabric. It's waterproofing is a typical polyurethane coating. It has some stretch , like sewing a big pack out of Cordura and you wonder why one side ended up an inch longer than the other. This pack is 50 liters, sports the flat lid, ballistics on the bottom and lower rim, the roll top bivy extension in white xpac VX21. Ice tools by @eliteclimb ! please contact me directly, firstname.lastname@example.org, for cost and details.
A huge 70 liter Alpine Machine going to Portland, OR. This pack has the sewn on front pocket, which probably adds 10 liters. Unlike the last pack posted I made the front pocket proportional to the pack. Pack is built in Xpac DX40 with a black Cordura bottom/rim. This being more for backpacking and some general mountaineering the lower rim is taller, with overall weight less of a concern. It has our widest curved shoulder straps and the conical hip belt. It can be stripped down some: the lid and frame sheet can be pulled and the pack cinched down. All of the AM packs have the xpac vx21 roll top/ bivy extension for a complete weatherproof pack without the need for a lid.