Monday, August 8, 2011

DIY Backpack Quiver

In my last post I reviewed the Guide Gear Camo Quiver Pack. It did not do so great. The biggest flaw was its "quiver". The built in quiver was just a pocket that you could stick arrows in. It would not hold broad heads or any thing other than field points. In this post I am going to show you how I converted this pack into a workable quiver that can hold four arrows with broad heads. This technique can be used on many backpacks with just a little modification.

A "quiver" backpack. Borderline false advertisement.
First you need to make a trip to the hardware store. You will need the following things:

  • Piece of cardboard. It needs to be as long and wide as the main compartment of the backpack. Anything rigid and light will work. Corrugated plastic would work better as it would not soak up water.
  • Duct Tape. Any color will work. Camo or brown would be perfect.
  • 4 - 1 1/4" sink drain pipes. Regular PVC is too heavy. The sink drain pipes have thin walls and are light. If you use fixed blade broad heads you may need 1 1/2" pipe. However, you will only be able to use 3. BTW... 1 1/4" pipe costs more than 1 1/2".
  • Styrofoam. I used packing peanuts, but that is probably not the best. A foam sheet would be more effective.
  • Spray paint (optional). Flat brown or green.
Total cost was about $15. Although I had a few things laying around.

Trim the cardboard to snugly fit in the backpacks compartment. It needs to be snug both vertically and horizontally.

Trim the pipe to the desired size. You need to cut off the threads so that the pipes will lay flush against each other. Line them up nicely and tape them to the cardboard.

Place the styrofoam into the bottom of each tube. This will hopefully keep you arrows from poking through the bottom. You may need a denser material if you have particularly pointy broad heads.

Tape up the bottom of the tubes. I used several layers of tape.

Test the fit. It should be very snug. The tops of the tubes should just clear the top of the backpack.

Test your arrows. They should be easily inserted and removed.

I noticed that the arrows rattled around the tubes a little. So I added a little duct tape to the ridges. This did the trick, but I will have to figure out a more permanent way. I'm thinking moleskin.

Take everything out and spray paint the top and insides of the tubes. Reinstall, and test for proper fit. Only you know what the proper fit is. If it is comfortable and you can easily reach the arrows, it fits.

That's it! For $15 I turned the worthless backpack into one that I will probably use in the field. Once squirrel season starts I will take a hike with it and my crossbow to see how well it works in the field.

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