Must be durable
Must be water resistant or waterproof
Must be modular
The main pack must be able to detach from the frame
Must be light weight and versatile yet must hold ALL equipment properly
Must be simple in design and easy to repair
Materials used so far:
30ft of Nylon webbing/straps
6 sets of buckles
1.25 Linear yards of duck fabric (Not the tape. Duck fabric is PVC coated Nylon)
450 yds of Nylon upholstery thread (Probably due to my obsession with the embroidery stitch)
An old 65L backpack (For the shoulder pads, kidney pads, sternum strap, and internal aluminum frame)
I basically made 2 side walls (which measured 30 inches tall and 8 inches wide), a front and back (30 inches tall 20 inches wide), and a bottom (20 inches wide and 8 inches tall). I then sewed MOLLE webbing onto the front piece and one of the side pieces. After that I sewed all of the pieces together (Inside out) and bound the edges. I flipped it "Inside right" and attached it to the frame using it's pre-defined buckles. Enjoy!
Keep an eye open for my next project! "Project: MOLLE. Codename: Load Bearing Vest"