I know of at least one other MYOGer who might be interested in a recent fastpack gear project of mine, which amazingly, despite a hectic schedule, went straight from mind to matter one evening last week: a 10 oz. bug bivy. Before you scoff at the weight, keep in mind that this includes a built-in sleeping pad.
What makes this project noteworthy is the added challenge I (arbitrarily?) imposed upon myself to not buy any new materials, but build the bivy completely from scraps. Fortunately for me, I still have access to a good bit of cuben fiber, so the bathtub style floor is rather fancy. On top of that, secured by 2-sided tape is a full-length foam pad (gray = 1/4" thickness on the torso-knee region; black = 1/8" thickness). The zipper is reused from a salvaged duffel and the no-see-um is leftovers from the local fabric shop. Not too shabby, and considering our exceptionally warm spring, probably a good bit handy to have armed and ready.
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