May 20, 2010 at 8:39 pm #1259210
I know I've read posts on people who own the golite jam2 pack and have modified it by cutting off the waist strap, but I can't find those posts. Long story short, I have a golite jam2 pack and want to cut off the waist straps. Has anyone done this? If so, how'd you do it? Pictures? Thanks.May 21, 2010 at 5:25 am #1612096
I would suggest scissors, or maybe a knife, by hand or with your teeth would take way too long in my opinion and the result would be ungodly.
-TimMay 21, 2010 at 8:47 am #1612155
To actually remove (ie. un-sew) the waist belt you'd need to crack open the major seams along sides of the back and maybe the bottom seam too. It would be a lot of work. You're probably best off to just cut it really close to the back and then melt the small edges that are left with something red hot.May 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm #1612246
On my jam2 the shoulder straps are connected to the waist straps. If you cut them off, it would be a project in itself to attach the shoulder straps again. I might have read the question wrong though.May 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm #1612278
Justin, I have cut off the waiststrap off my Jam2 and it is not as difficult as one might think. All you need to do is cut through the "wings" following the shoulder strap cutting just outside the shoulder strap. Cut about 1/2" beyond the strap, fold the edge over and sew. Its hard to explain, but here are some pcitures.
JamieMay 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm #1612282
That looks like it would work great. How much weight did it get rid of? I almost feel bad for taking mine out of the box and taking about 5 ounces off of it before I ever used it. (I should send back all of the extra material to golite for a refund or credit)May 21, 2010 at 3:02 pm #1612284
Chris, Thanks…I also removed the hydration sleeve and the sternum strap. The final pack weighs 16.75 oz. Though that includes both the backpad and pad pocket which most people remove to get this low. I personally like to use the pack as a day pack. If not carrying much I simply use the compactor system and put my items in the pocket. I have found the pad adds great structure for a day pack. I have also used the pad+pack under my legs when sleeping.
JamieMay 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm #1612289
no credit for jokes? sad.
-TimMay 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm #1612330
@cameronLocale: Idaho Falls
Its your call but I would not be inclined to cut the hipbelt off. I have a jam and I usually use the hipbelt.May 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm #1612374
I think the use of a hip belt depends on pack weight, style, and personal preference. After reading Ray's Beyond Backpacking I started experimenting with no hip belt, no sternum strap, and single shoulder strap carrying with nice success. Since then I have used 5 different packs all without hip belts. My baseweight ranges from 4.5 lbs in summer to 6.5 lbs winter (NC winters). So I'd say yes cut it off if you know your style matches it. I hiked 70 miles with the hip belt dangling from my side…came back and whacked it off. But make sure you aren't someone who may want it later or you don't want to sell it later as I think this would reduce its value.
JamieMay 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #1612431
@cameronLocale: Idaho Falls
I agree with you Jamie I just wanted to point out that hipbelts can be good at times so you might want to think about hacking it off. To me it depends on the weight of the pack and the shape of the pack. If a pack rides low on my back I want a hipbelt (my Jam does this) if it rides higher I can go without just fine. I'm keeping the belt on my Jam because I only use it on "heavier" trips when my baseweight goes above 7 pounds or so.
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