Hip belt rubbing the back of my shirts
Sep 8, 2021 at 3:58 pm #3726978
Anyone else have this problem? I have recently used my brand-new Zpacks Arc Blast 55L for the first time and got my two shirts rubbed by the inside belt stitching area after a 4-days backpacking trip. One of the areas shown on the photos were torn out. When I took a look at the inside material of the belt, the stitching area was found to be quite rough. I have been using other backpacks like the Gossamer Gear Mariposa and HMG Windrider 2400 on me wearing the same brand shirts and the pants and never gotten such issue. Should I consider this problem as normal wear for most of the backpack products in the market? I only have a reference for those three company products and have first been experiencing the product quality issue. I am not happy with the situation because I lost my shirts and found no solutions. It would be great if anyone suggests any thoughts or solutions for it. Thank you.Sep 9, 2021 at 4:38 am #3727013JCHBPL Member
You may want to contact customer service. They are very good at addressing issues and should offer to exchange the hipbelt if it is defective. The hipbelts are very easy to change out.Sep 9, 2021 at 9:00 pm #3727063DWR DBPL Member
There is supposed to be friction between your belt and your cloths… otherwise the belt slips below you hips and the weight in on your shoulders. (at least that’s what happens with my minimal hips) Tuck you shirts into your pants and the pants, which are tougher than shirts, will hold up better from belt friction than you shirts do…Sep 10, 2021 at 5:08 am #3727067J RBPL Member
^Really? My shirt is what’s supposed to hold my pack up?
Don’t think so…Sep 10, 2021 at 6:01 am #3727069JCHBPL Member
The photo in the OP looks to me like the hip-belt stitching may be uneven and/or not be properly done. Does the problem area look/feel different than the same area at the other end of the belt? The stitching on my Arc Haul belt is very even and soft.
Another option that will both address the reported issue (by covering the problem area of the belt) AND improve comfort is to add the optional lumbar pad. I find this addition to be such an improvement in comfort as to be practially a required add-on.
DWR D – you may have self-identified the issue with your pack fit…minimal hips :)Sep 10, 2021 at 6:41 am #3727072Eric BlancheBPL Member
@eblancheLocale: Northeast US
I have that problem with OR echo shirts and ULA type hip belts. To me, that is just the shirt wearing out.
In your case, I think there could perhaps be an issue with the stitching causing different friction points and prematurely destroying your shirt, as others and yourself have mentioned.Sep 10, 2021 at 9:24 am #3727074Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
I’ve had that happen on one shirt
Maybe it’s just that particular shirt fabric, not strong enough for the abrasion from the pack
and yes, the shirt holds up the weight of the pack, if it’s between the hipbelt and you : )Sep 12, 2021 at 9:05 am #3727196
Thank you for the information. To the end, I’ve contacted the Zpacks customer service and I was told that they will send me the replacement once I return my backpack. In fact, I have had the same issue on one of the shoulder straps. The issue on the hip belt is more severe. I will see how they work and keep you posted how the replacement works. Thank you.Sep 12, 2021 at 9:10 am #3727197
@DWR D, Thank you for your input! That’s a great point. I will try out. I usually leave my shirts out of the pants and have had no issue with my other gears like the Mariposa and the Windrider 2400. Thank you.Sep 12, 2021 at 9:21 am #3727198
@JCH, You seem to catch up the exact issue I’ve faced. I see that the stitching areas for the inner padding surface are quite hard and rough like Scotch-Brite brush. I usually feel soft and comfy on the shoulder straps and the hip belt of my other backpacks although the cushioning is slightly different. This is not acceptable for wearing multifunctional fabric clothes. I don’t want to get more of my clothes torn off. I am going to see how the replacement works. Thanks.Sep 12, 2021 at 9:26 am #3727200
Thank you Eric for your input. The stitching areas of the shoulder straps and the hip belt of my backpack that is one of the Zpack’s production batch created the issue. I will update how the replacement works.Sep 12, 2021 at 9:33 am #3727201
Jerry, thanks for sharing your thought. I have been wearing a couple of the same brand shirts and putting the Mariposa and the Windrider on them and never experienced such issue. The minor abrasion might be reasonable, but my case is obvious and not acceptable, in comparison with other backpacks.
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