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Alright I know I'm not the only one who tinkers with my clothes or gear for climbing....

Let's see what you've done to improve a particular piece or what you've made on your own! I'll start with some easy mods I've done and if this thread gains traction I'll add some more along with gear I've made myself.

 

Shock cord keeper on a pair of Raab pants that where lacking grommets or anything to attach the shock cord to.

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Posted in a glove discussion thread but here they are again. Added cinch collars to a pair of Showa TEMRES. Soon we won't have to do this ourselves though.

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Small detail that makes a HUGE difference. Bigger pull tabs on a pair of Patagonia Pant's zippers. Nothing worse than being at an anchor and struggling to get your fly unzipped with gloves on.

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Love the thread! Tinkering with gear... something low-risk we can do at home! Let's see...

I won't take credit for coming up with this: when the foam grips on my ski poles started coming off, I tore them off completely and replaced them with rubber electrical tape -- and extended them further down the pole to give me more options for where to grip it.

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I would love to hear what other people have done to create a secure water bottle holder on a backpack shoulder strap. 

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36 minutes ago, Alisse said:

I would love to hear what other people have done to create a secure water bottle holder on a backpack shoulder strap

Doesn't the mountain running community have this dialed?  I use a hydration bladder and hose so haven't looked into the options.

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12 minutes ago, JasonG said:

Doesn't the mountain running community have this dialed?  I use a hydration bladder and hose so haven't looked into the options.

Maybe, probably? I haven't seriously looked into it. Trying to keep a dying forum alive :D

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On the topic of grip tape, I wrap the full length of my ice tools with Temflex. Keeps my hands a bit warmer while daggering and helps keep snow from building up on the shafts. Nothing new here, just my take on the idea.

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@Alisse, as far a shoulder strap water bottle holder go, many companies make a removable shoulder strap pocket for such things. I can't personally think of a DIY solution short of just sewing something similar to what those companies make. Perhaps a bunch of elastic shock cord loops with cord-locks (around your shoulder strap webbing and bottle) would be a cheap but not as secure way of going about it. That could work well with a bottle with a bunch of ridges (Gatorade) on the side or a soft flask type bottle.

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So, not a mod I made, but mods I requested. Randy Radcliff at Cold Cold World customized an Ozone to meet my specs, all to get a pack as simple and functional as my Serratus Genie worn thread bare by 48 seasons of hard use. Still cost less than similarly sized CiloGear or WildThings packs, the only other packs in contention. 

  • Full 201D Dyneema Grid fabric
  • Ice axe and crampon attachment system
  • Side daisy chains for securing pickets, foam pad, trekking poles, or skis
  • Weight: 1 lb., 8 oz. (Roughly, used a bathroom scale)

 

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Looks like you hit the nail on the head with what I would also consider a good climbing pack. Heres my most recent 30l climbing pack I made, blending what I like about Cilogear and Alpine Luddites:

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 Very similar and just slightly smaller than a cilogear 30l. Used a different closure system because if the pack has a removable lid, I'm often not using it. Permanent lids tend to work better I think, less flop factor. The body of the pack is made from a newer woven dyneema hybrid (around 45% dyneema). The stuff is bomb proof (and expensive...), got bored trying to wear a hole in a test scrap with 80 grit sandpaper. So far It's been out for one climb and a few ski tours this winter.

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@JasonG Thank you! Currently I feel like 30L is my limit just because I cant fit too much more material under the presser foot of my machine and packs bigger than 30L should really have a beefier suspension system. Thicker shoulder straps etc. Give me time! Definitely on the horizon. Have you tried sneaking lenses in partners packs? Maybe disguise them as food or beer?

 

Speaking of camera gear...

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Picked up this Sony RX0 used and I'm really quite impressed with it. Made a DIY neck leash for use while climbing. Before I had always just used my phone, but I'm always a bit scared I'm going to drop it.

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11 minutes ago, mthorman said:

I rigged up an old phone cord for my nut tool tether.  It allows a long reach but retracts so it doesn't get in the way.  I can't claim it as original as I got it from John Godino's website.  He has quite a list of cool DIY mods.  https://www.alpinesavvy.com/diy-gear-making-and-modification

 

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Old phone cord, haven't seen one of those in many years. That website you linked to reminded me to add rope rug making to my list!

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On 3/28/2020 at 9:21 PM, kmfoerster said:

Have you tried sneaking lenses in partners packs? Maybe disguise them as food or beer?

Ha!  They have zero sympathy for my addiction and are always suspicious when I am around.  And totally understandable about the larger pack.  It certainly complicates things when they get that big!  Hard to compete with the likes of BD for the price/effort.

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On 3/28/2020 at 9:21 PM, kmfoerster said:

Picked up this Sony RX0 used and I'm really quite impressed with it

That is a pretty cool little camera, I hadn't even heard of those before.  I guess I would tend to gravitate towards something like a Canon S120 (which I have), G7X, or Sony RX100V and put it on my shoulder strap or gear sling when the going gets too technical for my dSLR in front.  But certainly something to keep in mind!

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