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Owner Review

 Ripstop by the Roll $10 DIY KIT

August 29 2020

Tester Information

Name: David Wilkes
Age: 53
Location: Yakima Washington USA
Gender: M
Height: 5'11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)


I started backpacking in 1995 when I moved to Washington State. Since then, I have backpacked in all seasons and conditions. I am currently getting into condition to summit some of the higher peaks in Washington, Oregon, and California. I prefer trips on rugged trails with plenty of elevation gain. While I continuously strive to lighten my load, comfort and safety are most important to me. My current base weight (no consumables) is just over 15lbs (7kg).

Product Information


 Ripstop by the Roll

Year of Manufacture:


Manufacturer’s Website:


US $10.00 
Measured: 2.72 oz (77 g) [entire set of materials]

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Product Description:

The "$10 DIY KIT" is a selection of materials intended as a way to introduce and/or encourage people to try sewing their own outdoor products. It includes three fabric blanks of different outdoor material and some assorted items, to enable purchasers to build a couple of drawstring stuff sacks. The web site also contains a video covering the entire process presented to make it simple for even those with little to no sewing experience.


The kit includes:
(1) Random section of scrap
(3) 18" (46cm) x 30" (76cm) grab bag fabric blanks
(1) 6 foot section of drawcord
(1) 1 foot section of 3/4" black grosgrain
(3) mini-cordlocks

The fabric included with my kit was 1.6oz (45g) HyperD (Dark Olive), 1.1oz (31g) SilPoly (Royal Purple), and 2.2oz (62g) HEX70 XL PU3000 (Burnt Orange). I am not entirely clear what the "random scrap" is.

completed projectsThe attached photo shows the stuff sacks I made as well as the remaining materials. The pencil is included to show scale.

I recently purchased some gear made out of Dyneema (formally known as Cuban Fiber), and during my research I stumbled across sites, blogs, and videos of people making their own gear. Given the price of some of the ultra light products on the market, saving some money by making my own was very attractive. Not to mention I love doing that sort of thing. Further research into where I might be able to purchase Dyneema fabric brought me to Ripstop By The Roll.

I found the assortment of material (from this supplier as well as others) was quite overwhelming, as was the price of some of the materials. So I was excited to find this DIY kit at such a reasonable price. As it is obviously intended I found this a low risk way to 'dip my toe' so to speak, into sewing some of my own gear. My order arrived promptly and included everything as advertised.

I watched the supplier's video on how to make a draw-cord stuff sack from the provided materials a couple of times and got started. It took me maybe 20min to make my first stuff sack. I have to admit I think I folded the material the wrong way and ended up with a much more square sack than the video shows, but I think this was advantageous. For the first sack I chose the Olive HyperD material, which is thin and strong but breathable. After completing the sack I tested it out by stuffing a down quilt into it and discovered that it could double as a pillow! I found my lightweight hammock, whoopie slings, tree straps, under-quilt all fit nicely into this sack. By doubling as a pillow it will save me about 4oz (119g).

The following day I chose to experiment a bit by cutting the purple Silpoly in half and use it to make two smaller stuff sacks. I also chose to sew the cord channel using a slightly different design, that I think may be a little more durable and operate slightly better. These also took me maybe about 20min each to make. The Silpoly is thinner and much slicker than the HyperD, so it required a bit more care to sew. I like the results and since Silpoly is waterproof, I intend to experiment with seam-sealing them. The first two sacks used up all of the cord included with the kit so I used a piece of lightweight tent guy line for the third.

The third fabric blank is made from material that is stronger and more waterproof that the others so I am considering using it to make a roll-top dry bag once I can acquire the necessary parts.

While awaiting the delivery of this kit, I contacted the supplier with a question about another project I am considering. I received a very prompt and helpful reply.

I am very glad I purchased this kit. I found the process of making some of my own gear fun and rewarding. I fully intend to make more purchases from this supplier. I intend to purchase some of their other DIY kits such as the "Zipper Pouch Kit with Dyneema Composite Fabric", and maybe even one of their tarp kits (my current large tarp is about 15 years old, way too heavy, and no longer fully waterproof).

As for Likes/Dislikes, I don't think I can think of anything about this kit I dislike. It was all I expected it to be and more, and has opened the door to making some of my own gear, which is not only enjoyable, but has the potential of saving me considerable money e.g. for about US $20, I can get the materials needed to make what would likely cost me $100US or more.


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