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Old 03-06-2012, 10:14 AM   #1
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Making my own drybags, features?

I decided to make my own drybag luggage such as standard drybags, dufflebags, side bags and whatever else I think I need.

I'm probably going to make them out vinyl coated polyester in a 42 oz thickest. I haven't decided if I'm going weld the seams or weld and stitch the seams. Seems like like most makers just weld.

I'll be using role top only because zippers can leak and break. I want these things to last forever. I may weld on a nylon daisy chain mounting and tie down options.

Are there any features you guys can think of that would make life in the luggage world easier?
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:42 AM   #2
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I would be interested to see a step-by-step write up on how you weld the material and make the bags. It would be great to be able to make some dry bags in custom sizes to fit my bike and gear.

I would like a bag with a flat bottom that will sit on the luggage rack better. Most of my store bought bags are round and roll around until they are strapped down. Some d-rings or other attachement points would be nice to make securing the bads easier.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:39 PM   #3
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Good luck. I have seriously considered doing that myself and I believe you can do it if you are handy and have the time. I went so far to price the material, straps, webbing, clasps, etc. After careful review I decided that by the time I purchased all that it wasn't that much more just to buy some extremely well made and designed Wolfman or other dry bags. Plus you get a warranty
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:56 PM   #4
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Good for you for taking the initiative to build something that suit you . The wider the opening the better to see what is inside .
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:00 PM   #5
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I've done this and still have a roll of the PVC coated material, and a big jug of glue...

I made a bag for my tent... although now i pack differently and this won't get used any more...

The easy way to attach the webbing is to sew it to a scrap piece of PVC material, then glue it to the bag. You don't puncture the bag, and you can attach webbing even in places you couldn't get to with a sewing machine.


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Old 03-06-2012, 02:05 PM   #6
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I ordered from:

http://www.seattlefabrics.com


They sell more than fabric... they have all the hardware, webbing, etc as well...

I used HH-66 which they sell (although i got it locally)

I think i used their 42 oz. Vinyl Coated Polyester

I'll double check at home.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:02 PM   #7
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Nano/ great looking bag and very close to what I'm thinking. What glue did you use. HH 66 seems to be the way to go.
If you want to stitch the hh-66 should seal it. HH-66 is the only glue that clams to melt the vinyl coating to create the bond.
I was looking at heat guns. 400 degrees seems to be the ticket with compression right after.

My first bag I going to have openings on both side to limit diving for crap. Maybe a duffel that curves around the. back of the seat.

Cost wise It's probably not worth it If your only making one small bag. If you make a bunch or a big complicated one you can come out ahead.

Plus there is that pride thing.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:12 PM   #8
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Great idea.

I guess as important is what kind of frame or rack is going to hold them to the bike,
keep them off the pipe(s) and such. I bet you have that worked out though.


I like the function of top loading soft-pannier bags for off road trips. But the store bought ones are as much as aluminum panniers $.

So I went with Pelican Hardigg Storm cases, but would like a soft set like I said for an off road bike some time, so this is a good topic.

I would incorporate some color into it for safety. Yellow and black, safety green and black, etc.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:59 AM   #9
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an air release valve is great to have. I have one on my Watershed dry bag and I just sit on the bag and let the airout and I can decrease the bag size by well over 1/2 the size when all of my gear is inside.
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I decided to make my own drybag luggage such as standard drybags, dufflebags, side bags and whatever else I think I need.

I'm probably going to make them out vinyl coated polyester in a 42 oz thickest. I haven't decided if I'm going weld the seams or weld and stitch the seams. Seems like like most makers just weld.

I'll be using role top only because zippers can leak and break. I want these things to last forever. I may weld on a nylon daisy chain mounting and tie down options.

Are there any features you guys can think of that would make life in the luggage world easier?
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:20 AM   #10
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I ordered from:

http://www.seattlefabrics.com


They sell more than fabric... they have all the hardware, webbing, etc as well...

I used HH-66 which they sell (although i got it locally)

I think i used their 42 oz. Vinyl Coated Polyester

I'll double check at home.
Would love to know more on this process
I was about to buy Wolfman expeditions but the thought of My OWN cut appeals to me.
So any chance of getting a little details on this? A step by step maybe.

I have done this in leather (purses backpacks laptop cases) but water proof they are not.
What with or how did you "weld" seal the seems with.
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:01 PM   #11
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an air release valve is great to have. I have one on my Watershed dry bag and I just sit on the bag and let the airout and I can decrease the bag size by well over 1/2 the size when all of my gear is inside.
+1 I wont by a dry bag anymore without some sort of air valve.. makes packing so much easier.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:05 PM   #12
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See the Giant Loop bags

Go look at the Giant Loop bags on their web site, you may decide they have exactly what you are looking for.
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Old 03-12-2012, 04:09 AM   #13
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OK, I'm actually good at this shit and you did ask.

Give it a square tube shape if possible, not critical but better than round.

Put the roll top at each end.

Use the best buckles you can get your hands on.

Make it a little bigger than what you think you need.
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:15 AM   #14
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are the materials cheaper than this?
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:50 AM   #15
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An inflate/purge valve is a must for any large drybag......
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