Jan 11, 2020 at 2:47 pm #3626585
Hey Guys and Girls…. I’m hoping you can help me out. I was SO pumped to get my new Backpack in the mail… well, it was a used once Gregory Baltoro 65 in LARGE – but with the straps out as far as they go… I’m still about 2″ away from clipping it together… When I look up this topic on like the REI site they offer a new hipbelt! It looks like the same one that came on the pack, There IS a question in the Q&A section for THAT pack and REI responds… :”We have a solution to extend that belt – please contact us and we will email you instructions on how to do it” I just called them and the girl acted like I was speaking Russian! I DID leave my email address and she said that she’d get back to me…. So, doesn’t ANYONE make simple 4 or 6″ 1/5″ webbed strap that will clip to this pack? ANY response – guidance or wisdom will be greatly appreciated…. CheersJan 11, 2020 at 7:22 pm #3626608
I think you just need buckles the same size as those and some webbing. You might try a hardware or fabric shop or gear shop and see if they have something that works.Jan 11, 2020 at 9:42 pm #3626619
Hey- thanks for your input. I think I’m going to take it to a seamstress or Taylor shop and have a piece of webbing add it on to get some lengthJan 11, 2020 at 11:03 pm #3626624Sam FarringtonBPL Member
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
Agree. Hip belt webbing is a PITA to sew with a home machine, even one of the better ones.
Sounded like you were talking about getting the belt to buckle around your hips, not some other attachment to the pack. If so, then:
First see if they sell an X-large belt that fits your Baltoro. Contact Gregory for that info, not REI. We have a new REI store here, and have already run into several similar situations. With REI, a good sense of humor is a must.
If not, you’ll need longer lengths of webbing from the belt to each side of the buckle. Just guessing here, because doubt there will be a close up of the belt on the Gregory website.
Depending on how the belt and buckle work together (With Osprey belts you pull the webbing forward; on conventional belts, you pull it back-separating the ends. When I was making packs with buckled hip belts, I ordered Osprey belts from REI, because they are far easier to tighten and adjust for a snug fit.
There is a potential problem: If you just sew on extensions to the webbing coming from the belt on each side, the seam may get jammed up in the buckle when you pull everything snug. For this reason, I’ve always had to remove the stitching holding the belt to the webbing on each side, and sew on longer pieces of webbing. And I sometimes have to take the belt to a cobbler, not a seamster, because it takes a lot of force to sew thick webbing to a thick hip belt with foam, other stitching, etc.
First, if there is no X-L belt, I would see if Gregory would do the revision. They would need your hip girth measurement to be sure to get it right. Otherwise, a good local cobbler I’m afraid, although you can talk to your seamster to see about what is feasible.Jan 12, 2020 at 8:18 am #3626643
The no sew option which I was not describing well, would be to find a buckle that will connect to yours, its male end to your pack’s female and and its female end to your pack’s male end. Your new buckle has its own webbing When you connect it, you pull tight your new webbing, not the pack’s. Does that make sense?
Oh, and I have not had any difficulty sewing nylon webbing with my 1963 sewing machine. The biggest problem would be the logistical problem of getting the pack on the table and the part you want to sew under the needle. I have also sewn webbing by hand lots of times and never had a problem with it coming apart. As someone who makes a LOT of sewing mistakes, I am very confident about the strength of hand-sewn items as I have spent a lot of painstaking hours seam ripping my mistakes. There is also a tool you can get called a speedy stitcher that will let you sew by hand through many layers of stuff, canvas, leather or what have you. I’ve made shoes and sandals and sewn them right to soling material with a speedy stitcher. You could easily sew through the padded part with one of these.Jan 12, 2020 at 1:13 pm #3626684
Hey Diane-you and I are on the same page the only issue is it would be nice if everybody made their quick clip connectors with the same design so that they could all be interchangeable-the Gregory has like a V design and I’m not sure if I can just buy like a 6 inch piece that I could just clip and clip and be doneJan 12, 2020 at 5:11 pm #3626739
Yeah, I know. The hardware store sells pretty generic 1inch and 2inch buckles. If it was me, I’d bring my pack and try them out. I’d also try out some backpacks at the thrift store and if any of them clicked into my buckle securely I’d buy the thrift store backpack just to harvest the hardware. But I’m a weird DIY kind o person.Jan 13, 2020 at 10:33 pm #3626975Sam FarringtonBPL Member
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
Rick and Diane,
Sorry, should not have posted without first getting a close look at a Gregory Baltoro.
Note that I’ve often run into webbing-belt connections that are not sewable even by hand with a speedy stitcher. The worst was a friend’s canvas shoulder pack. My go-to machine is a 1970 Kenmore Zig-Zag that handles anything within reason.Jan 14, 2020 at 8:45 am #3627032Tim PBPL Member
I bought a large belt off REI’s used gear site when I wanted to mix and match belts with packs. I’m a medium pack, but wanted the large hip belt: https://www.rei.com/used/shop/search?q=gregory
I also bought the more perforated shoulder straps, which I found more comfortable.
Is there any chance that the previous person shortened the belt or swapped it out? I bought a used medium pack and found that the medium belt didn’t work for me. The pack kept sliding down. I needed the large belt. I had a 42″ waist when I started backpacking with the Baltoro and the medium was long enough to clip. The large was more than long enough.
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