Another custom Pinnacle pack off to Japan today. I really like the new metal buckles from Waterbury. they are very strong, designed to hold military gear. made in the US.
the new buckle did ad 1 oz to the overall weight. from 18 to 19 ozs now. I pleased that a pack made out of such heavy fabrics, double bottoms and 1/2" thick foam shoulder straps comes in so light. the durability of these materials over modern lightweight nylon and polyester fabrics is almost incomparable. Durability isn't just a function of fabric strength/heft. But i'll write more on how i build my packs soon.