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Old 05-28-2008, 05:29 AM
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Jimbo183 Jimbo183 is offline
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Packs for a small frame

I've been lurking for a while.

I'm a small guy. Not really overly skinny. I'm fit but just have a small frame. I have found that it is nearly impossible to find a pack with a hip belt that fits snug around my waist. I bought a Gregory G pack a couple years ago and it fit when I tried it on and at the trail head. A few miles down the trail and it was loose. I ended up giving that pack away after that initial trip to an ex girlfriend. I now have a golite Jam2 and I love this pack... but I seem to have the same issue. A couple miles into the trail and my shoulders are taking the brunt of the load. I have the smallest size that golite makes. I have tried on other packs to no avail.

Do you guys have any suggestions on what I could do to make things a bit snugger?

The "gain weight" solution will not work. It has been a burden since I was a child. Ugh.
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:06 AM
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Mike_in_FHAZ Mike_in_FHAZ is offline
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Backpack: jam2
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with a size 30 waist im on the slim side too, and have found that the Jam2 (no small?) doesnt fit me right. Otherwise, you have to sacrifice shoulder comfort for a pack with a 14" torso right?
my only advice is to try a Granite Gear pack, they will swap out straps, belts and the like to get more a custom fit. Even if you have a 22" torso with a 29" waist, they can help you. The Vapor Trail pack is very large capacity for the weight. Some of the other cottage pack makers do custom work as well. Talk to Ron Bell at MLD gear or Brian Frankle at ULA packs. Both guys have great customer service. Mike
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Old 05-31-2008, 08:26 AM
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yippikiyo yippikiyo is offline
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I have been extraordinarily pleased with my gossamer gear mariposa plus packs. I have both small and medium packs with small waistbelts. I have used these packs for 4 day hikes with daily water access as well as long trail runs (little less weight on those). These packs are easy to customize if you need to shorten belt or straps as I did for my daughter's pack and they carry very well. The option to use pads or excess clothing for shoulder and waist belt I'd a great feature.
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Old 05-31-2008, 11:08 PM
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Benwaller Benwaller is offline
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Backpack: Camelbak RimRunner, Osprey Volt 60, Kelty Redwing 50
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yippi,

+1 on the Mariposa; modified one for my wife last year, no problem, good piece of equipment.

By the way, the feet shown in your image appear to be rather seriously moleskin-deprived.

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Old 06-01-2008, 09:17 AM
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Mike_in_FHAZ Mike_in_FHAZ is offline
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The Mariposa is a great pack. Depends on the features you want in an UL pack. But yes, like the 2 posters above I have to agree. I have the Miniposa in size M and the 30" setting (the smallest it will go) just fits. Any skinnier and it would slide down.

BTW, Jimbo have you had any success in finding what works for you?

you may want to check w/ Gossamer Gear to see if they would have a med w/ sm belt in stock.

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Old 06-03-2008, 02:31 PM
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Wandering_bob Wandering_bob is offline
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Look at the packs by Six Moon Designs.

Ron offers two different shoulder strap lengths - 15 and 18 inches - and three different hip belts:

Short: 26-34 inches
Medium: 30 to 38 inches
Long: 34 to 44 inches

In addition, the shoulder strap attachment points on all but the Essence are adjustable up and down over about a 6 inch range to accomodate virtually any toros length.

My wife is 5'5" and her new Traveler pack fits her very nicely using the 15 inch straps and the medium belt and the next to lowest attachment point. (We also got a set of 18 inch straps and a large belt so I can - maybe - steal the pack on occasion).
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