Hi Danielinthelionsden,I actually made a pattern for the hip belt as well, when I was doing the layout, I had it on my original drawings along with a simple internal frame. But prior to making this pack I made a prototype out of a bunch of scraps of fabric I had and didn't add a hip belt to that pack and was very happy with how it felt on some hikes I went on, so I ultimately decided against adding one when I made this pack. Usually my base weight is around 10-12 lbs and total weight 20 lbs or slightly more with food, water and fuel, so I felt transferring the weight to my hips was not that necessary. The one thing I probably will add though will be a sternum strap. Thanks for your comment.
Hi Thorondor95, yes I have used it on a few weekend trips now, with hikes of around 30 km. and find it quite comfortable. I try to keep the weight I take around 20 lbs so a big part of that is what food and clothes I take with me.
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