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 Customizing a pack 
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 Customizing a pack
I was debating on purchasing two of these packs, one for each of the kids, and altering the shoulder straps to fit the kids.
http://www.sunnysports.com/Prod/MHWPS.html?Search=op%3ddtSearch%26Term%3dscrambler%26SearchFlag%3dall%26AdvSrchSortField%3dRelevance%26DescSort%3d0%26Description%3don%26Hit%3d1

The pack is incredibly light weight but the volume that hit holds is perfect for the kids to carry bulky light weight gear, like ramen noodles, mountain house meals and cloths. What it lacks is a hip belt. Has anyone altered a pack so that it now has a hip belt? I would use their sleeping mats as a frame so that the weight is distributed to the belt once applied.

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The weight that they will be carrying is roughly the same as what they are currently carrying, but bulkier. My son carries a tent while my daughter currently carries a sleeping bag. Neither will carry neither, only light weight food for extended trips.

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Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:04 am
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Hey Randalls, I'm thinking that it might be easier to find a pack with a waist belt vs attempting to add one.
For about the same $$, REI has this one on sale in the outlet
http://www.rei.com/product/813846/rei-c ... pecial-buy

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I like it. Looks like a strong rugged pack. The weight isn't bad, but a bit more than I am hoping. Adding the hip belt to the pack that I was looking at also has the problem of weight. The pack is about what I am looking for in weight, but no belt. I have time to ponder this idea.....

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It is a little larger too by about 500 CU but I figure that once you add a belt to the Hardwear one, you'll be getting close....probably within 1/2 pound. Where this already has the waist belt support system, it might work out instead of trying to sew one in to a pack that was designed specifically without a belt.
I'll look around and see if I can find any others that might be lighter....gotta figure around 2 lbs with the belt?

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The lighter, the better (of course), but yeah. Its hard to find truly ultra light backs for kids. It seems as though most outfitters stock light and rugged, but not ultralight gear. It seems like a lot of the designers of ultra light gear, like Six Moons, only designs for thru hikers, not for the wee ones. If you post, I will not be able to respond until at least Saturday night. After my son gets off the ice tonight, we are headed for our next adventure, and most likely wont be back until Saturday evening.

Thanks again for the help

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No luck with Sierra Trading or EMS but Campmor had this one.
Don't know the brand but it's decent size (1800+), has the belt, and is under 2 Lbs...for $40

http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Pro ... m_vc=PDPZ1

Wally World has it too for $29

http://www.google.com/products/catalog? ... CUQ8wIwAQ#

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Who would have thought that Walmart sold something useful? The bottom of the link says that the Portland Store has one, which is about 40 min from me. I'll have to have the kiddos try them on. Thanks again....

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Randalls wrote:
Who would have thought that Walmart sold something useful? The bottom of the link says that the Portland Store has one, which is about 40 min from me. I'll have to have the kiddos try them on. Thanks again....


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REI is having a 20% off 1 item in the outlet, you may be able to pick up the Comet for $50.

BTW, if you make several orders on-line, each one will save the 20%. If you do 1 big order only 1 item gets reduced by 20%.

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