- Tester: Marge Prothman Age: 70 plus Vitals: 5 8 145 lbs. Location: Hailey, ID email: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: February 28th 2002Message 1 of 1 , Feb 28, 2002View SourceTester: Marge ProthmanAge: 70 plusVitals: 5' 8" 145 lbs.Location: Hailey, IDemail: margepr@...Date: February 28th 2002Manufacturer: UltraLight Adventure Equipment www.ula-equipment.com Logan Utah
Taking off the Hip Belt was a struggle until I had my husband involved and his strong fingers.
I wonder if it is really necessary to put Velcro on BOTH sides of the hip belt to hold it in
place. I do not think so, one side Velcro would be enough.
In order to get the belt off I had to use 2 pieces of thin lath type wood and slide them each
side between the Velcro. Once that was accomplished we were able to pull the hip belt out.
Now to hiking without the hipbelt. I decided to give this a good try. We still have
lots of snow on the ground even though the roads are bare. I have used the snowshoes to
hike with the pack for one to two hours at a time. The pack is still loaded with 15 - 20 lbs.
I have made about 10 trips like this. I think hiking on a trail with dirt under foot would
be a better trial. On the snowshoes I am always aware of where I am putting my feet and
Without the hip belt, the pack just sits on my back. It does not hang off the neck nor
does it sit on my hips. The load is right there in the middle of the back. It is a different
feeling. Over this past 2 weeks, I have tried different ways to load up this pack. After
reading a debate about the use of various sleeping pads, Z Rest, Ridgerest and the Mt.
Washington Pad, I have come to the conclusion the easiest way is to use either the Ridgerest
or the Mt. Washington Pad. The Z Rest seems to collapse when folded against the back of
the pack as a support. To day, I had the Mt. Washington Pad made into a big circle in the pack,
doubled where it fit against the back of the pack. I was able to fit all my stuff in quite nicely.
Now, I have the hip belt back on, the gear in my pack is nestled in the big tube the Mt. Washington
pad makes and it really feels good on my back. I think I have the best of two worlds.
It is still cold here with lots of snow, a little windy and snowing lightly in the direction I was going.
I went up to the Sawtooth Recreation area where the snow shoe trail is like a walking trail due to the
cold and windy weather. I am hiking in my NB804 and with 2 poles. The temperature is about 20- 24F,
and the sun is now out. I have a marvelous hike, making sure I stay in the middle of the path, if I
get too close to the edge, one leg goes in to upper thigh. I did this, managed to pull it out, am now on
my knees and I was able to stand up without removing any pack, just used my poles to get up. That was
a great feeling for me. It was a great hike. The pack rode so well on my back. I could have carried several
more pounds. And I am walking as if on a regular trail.
I truly think the secret to dealing with a light weight pack is how you load it. Next I am going
to load it using the Ridgerest rolled up inside.
Did the hip belt make much difference, I am not so sure it did. Without the hipbelt, I always felt
the pack move a little if I made a unorthodox move. With the hipbelt there was no movement
of the pack. With the hipbelt I had a place to hook my thumbs if I wanted to. I will try using it
with a smaller hipbelt, a web like one and see how this works.
My main concern with this pack is how the shoulder straps fit on me, they still seem to slip to the outside.
I do not have narrow shoulders or wide shoulders, I think they are pretty normal for my height, 5' 8''.
I did use a shoe lace as a sternum strap and this seemed to keep the straps pulled in towards
the center more . I would definitely add the sternum strap to this pack.