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So back about 9 years ago I decided to go on a semi-serious backpacking trip with my old man: a 36-mile, three day trek spanning a portion of Section D on the PCT and ending at Hiker Heaven. Long story short, after the first night I did not want to sleep in the wilderness again, so I toughed out a 27 mile day, being driven by the glory that was and is Hiker Heaven. For this trip I had requested a custom made G4 backpack from my father Glen, complete with the colors of my choosing. I was going through a weird patriotic, “America, F-Yeah!” kind of phase at the juvenile age of 14, and chose red, white, and blue. In retrospect the main reason for going on this trip was not experiencing the great outdoors, or gaining precious ultralight backpacking insight and knowledge, but to get an awesome custom backpack out of it. I was young and naive. Though the prospect of the great outdoors is much more alluring at my (slightly) older age, I can’t say the prospect of a custom backpack isn’t equally so. What would your ideal color scheme be for a custom backpack?

-Grant Van Peski


10 Responses to Custom G4 from the Time Capsule

  1. Jim Tuck October 26, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Nice little story this AM with my coffee. Thank You. Always fun to get your GG newsletters.

    My ideal color scheme? CAMO! You must admit, it is getting trendy. Was actually thinking about dying my Gorilla using black but I’m concerned about bleeding and making a big mess. Dying the whole thing black has been done but trying to create a camo pattern might be a little tricky.

    Thanks again!………….Jim Tuck

  2. Hope October 26, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    This is the best post on the Gossamer Gear blog ever. My son is age 13 and the only reason he advanced to First Class scout was to earn an ultralight tent. He and his troop mates all compete for lightest pack.

  3. Dana Law October 26, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    You are a unique and creative young man. Plus you write well.
    Your parents must be very proud of you.
    Keep up the good postings.
    Dana Law
    El Cajon, Ca

  4. Joe B. October 26, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Many of us were feeling “America, F-Yeah!” in 2003.

    I like Zimmerbuilt’s integration of safety yellow and orange into some of their packs. As severely utilitarian as it is, it keeps one from having to take along a safety vest during rifle season. And I guess the kids these days are bringing back neon. So, win-win.

    I’ve thought green or red – Old Town Canoe colors – with some silver highlights would look pretty sweet.

    Joe B.

  5. Ken McMillen October 26, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    Hi Grant. As to your question of pack color, I think silver would be good. You can use it for an emergency signal when you need food, beer, or a rescue!

  6. Terry October 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Your Dad made you a really cool unique patriotic pack. It reminds me of the old external frame packs you would see on the trail in the 1970’s in a American or Ecology flag colors. Did your Dad teach you how to sew packs?

    I like to mix earth tone colors in the packs I make for myself.I have found with multi color earth tones it works like fractal camouflage, Plus the pack becomes a one of kind color combination pack.

    I think it would be cool if Gossamer Gear offered custom single or multicolor packs in their new 140D Dyneema grid stop fabric and offered in the colors of Grey, Black, Blue and Evergreen fabric.


    • Grant Van Peski October 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      Actually my mother has done the most teaching in regards to my sewing ability– I always left he pack sewing to my father. I really like that idea of fractal camo…envisioning it now…


  7. Corrina Peipon October 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I love the grey and black GG scheme, actually, but I think that my Mariposa would look super cool in a neon yellow with silver and black accents…

  8. Mike Kim October 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Nice job Grant. Well written. RWB all day. #MERICA

  9. Greg November 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Great looking pack! There a lot of us out there that still have that weird patriotic, “America, F-Yeah!”feeling and would be honored to sport a red, white and blue pack. Green and yellow with a University of Oregon logo might be fun though.

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