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Title: Making a Door in your Portaledge Fly
Post by: hoots on March 31, 2010, 09:14:24 pm
Has anybody done any aftermarket mods to their ledge flies?  I have a metolius bombshelter ledge and fly, and always wish I had a fly with doors.  Was thinking about taking it to a sailmaker or some other type shop to make the cuts and install waterproof zippers.  Thoughts?  Setting myself up for an expensive disaster?
Title: Re: Making a Door in your Portaledge Fly
Post by: mhudon on March 31, 2010, 09:25:12 pm
I recently did just that, Hoots. A sail maker, Sailworks, here in Hood River did the work and they did a stellar job. I have a double Metolius fly that they put a door into. The zipper itself is not a waterproof zipper (they suggested against it), but all the rest is really, really well done. It's easily as well done as what any of the current fly makers have done.

I had them put a door in only one end. I modeled it after a photo of Pete in his A5 fly on Tribal Rite.

(http://w3.gorge.net/mhudon/web_photos/fly-w-door.jpg)

(http://w3.gorge.net/mhudon/web_photos/looking-out.jpg)

If you want, PM me, and we can arrange for you to send your fly up to me, I'll have them do it and I'll send it back to you. They charged me $150 but don't hold me to that price since I know them.
Title: Re: Making a Door in your Portaledge Fly
Post by: *Mucci* on March 31, 2010, 10:37:13 pm
Man what a good looking job. 

Maybe they would cut a deal if multiple units were sent?

I would be down, but for that kind of quality your gonna have to pay for it.

Title: Re: Making a Door in your Portaledge Fly
Post by: hoots on March 31, 2010, 11:39:19 pm
Yah that looks great Mark!  Really good work isn't cheap though!  I'll get in touch if I can't find someone around here..
Title: Re: Making a Door in your Portaledge Fly
Post by: YetAnotherDave on April 01, 2010, 12:13:28 am
did they say why they recommended against the waterproof zipper?
Title: Re: Making a Door in your Portaledge Fly
Post by: Mike. on April 01, 2010, 08:52:46 am
Cool mod.

I used North Sails down here in Costa Hurtin, er Costa Mesa for a little work I had done--not a door.

If I wanted a door I'd get an expedition (one which fully encloses) fly. I could see that if doing a long winter route. Other than that, I'd rather have a window than a door.

didder scored a big wall I-Tent that was hiding in the BD warehouse. Basically a regular I-Tent with sleeves for the fins (guessing). How did that work out, didd? A regular I-Tent fits perfectly on the footprint and under the straps of my standard A5 double, which would work when I climb with the wife. Saw an I-T at the REI used gear sale for $250. Should have grabbed that backup...
Title: Re: Making a Door in your Portaledge Fly
Post by: mhudon on April 01, 2010, 08:58:09 am
did they say why they recommended against the waterproof zipper?

They are really up to date on waterproof zipper technology having used them in windsurfing dry suits. I think their main reason was that they wouldn't survive the packing a portaledge fly is subjected to and that even in a situation as benign as a windsurfing dry suit, they were always failing.
Title: Re: Making a Door in your Portaledge Fly
Post by: miwuksurfer on April 01, 2010, 02:06:05 pm
Wow, looks stock.
Title: Re: Making a Door in your Portaledge Fly
Post by: hoipolloi on April 02, 2010, 02:21:57 pm
Damn!

If the price was 150.  I am interested for sure!  More than that, and it would get expensive for me.


Anyone else interested?  Can we make a little list and look into a 'group rate' or something like that?  Looks like they did an awesome job!

Title: Re: Making a Door in your Portaledge Fly
Post by: mhudon on April 02, 2010, 02:36:12 pm
Look up Sailworks in Hood River. Talk to Bruce, tell him that you want a door in your fly just like the one he did for me. We're trading $150 worth of coffee for it!

Those flys are heavy too, expect to pay $10 to $20 for shipping each way!