Saturday, 5 March 2011

DIY Light Gear Bag

DIY Light Gear BagEven if you are a minimalist Strobist, all of that gear (DIY or otherwise) starts to add up and becomes a PITA to store and to carry around. I've got a lot of DIY gear, so when the time came to look at a bag to tote this gear around, I went for a DIY solution and found one using a snowboard bag and some Velcro.

My first step was to pick up an inexpensive ($25) snowboard bag on sale. My second step was to buy a roll of self-adhesive Velcro (also about $25).

DIY Light Gear Bag


I cut the Velcro into strips and attached the rough portion to the inside of the bag at regular intervals so I would have a lot of flexibility in arranging my gear inside the bag.

DIY Light Gear Bag

DIY Light Gear Bag


I did a test run with some gear (you can see the smooth portions of the Velcro still have the white backing on the tape).

DIY Light Gear Bag


Happy that everything was on track, I then attached the smooth Velcro to some black cloth I happened to have and then used a box cutter to trim the cloth to the Velcro.

DIY Light Gear Bag


I looked for a snowboard bag specifically because they have to be thick enough when closed to accommodate a snowboard's bindings. That thickness means I can attach gear to both the bottom and the cover, and with the right bag (like the one I bought), I can lay the whole bag open and reach straight for the specific piece of gear I want. Here you can see the final result with my gear attached to the inside. BTW, the cloth bags are my DIY sand bags from an earlier project.

DIY Light Gear Bag


Some post-production notes:
- the instructions on the box of Velcro said that the adhesive needed 24 hours to cure, so make sure you don't go playing with your new bag until its ready.

- the adhesive apparently doesn't stick that well to flexible vinyl, which is what my bag is made of. I haven't had any problems to date, but I figure there are lot of adhesives out there that can get the job done if I do.

- my gear is all "short" so the bag actually folded in half when I picked it up; there was nothing inside to give it rigidity along its length. This is pretty cool and allows me to pack the bag in a pretty small place, but it is a bit awkward for carrying. To give the bag some stiffness, I place my painter's pole on the inside near the "hinge" and extended it the length of the bag.

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2 comments:

JayM said...

Pretty cool. That gear definitely starts to add up after a while.

G-star outlet said...

Tried it, did not look the same, lol :-)