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Dave .
(Ramapo) - F - M
Granite Gear Hipbelt Pockets on 05/24/2008 22:47:15 MDT Print View

I just spent 45 minutes trying to attach some new GG hipbelt pockets to my new Vapor Day Pack...but all I got was frustrated.

Does anyone use these? I'm pretty sure I attached them right according to the directions, but they prevent the hipbelt from tightening properly. And the hipbelt webbing really pulls the attachment points in such a way that leaves me thinking that they might rip.

Here are some photos:


Edited by Ramapo on 05/24/2008 22:49:18 MDT.

Michael Barber
(barber5) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Granite Gear Hipbelt Pockets on 05/24/2008 23:01:05 MDT Print View

I don't have any, though I want to get them and that does not look good. You have to be doing something wrong there. Good luck with that and looking forward to seeing it worked out before I buy them.

Dave .
(Ramapo) - F - M
Re: Granite Gear Hipbelt Pockets on 05/24/2008 23:16:39 MDT Print View

Yeah. I think I have to be doing something wrong too. Thing is, there just isn't much to be done wrong! I can't figure out what's wrong. I'm ready to throw the things across the room. I'm sure I'll eat my words later though...

Mine just don't looks like Will's here:

One potential complication: I have a large belt, but have it tightened down nearly all the way. I don't think this should matter though.

Woubeir (from Europe)
(Woubeir) - F - MLife
Re: Re: Granite Gear Hipbelt Pockets on 05/25/2008 05:31:35 MDT Print View

Perhaps you need to unty the webbing from the buckle, put the attachment over the buckle and tie the webbing back again. I've got the impression that will has done it this way in the review.

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Granite Gear Hipbelt Pockets on 05/25/2008 07:04:30 MDT Print View


I have the Granite Gear hip pockets (and shoulder pockets) which I love so much that I can't go hiking without them!

However, your time of 45 minutes to install them is pretty good! Imagine uninstalling them from one pack to re-install them on another! I like the pockets to much that this is exactly what I do. If I wasn't so cheap, I'd just buy a set for every pack.

Note that every pack is different and there may be a few packs out there that the pockets simply don't fit. However, I have a GG Nimbus Ozone, a GoLite Jam, a Vaude Rock 35 and a couple of fanny packs, LL Bean Approach and a Gregory Torpedo that all fit the pockets.

I think that you have installed them correctly. You simply have not yet learned the "tricks" to tightening the hip belt while wearing them.

In your picture, I see that your hip belt is the type that pulls toward your navel. (Like the Vapor Day Pack in Will's review). Here is the "trick." Prior to putting on your pack, set your hip belt length a little larger than your waist. Then put it on and buckle.

Here's the important part: pull only one side at a time ... use one hand next to the buckle to pull the part of the belt that is against your waist toward your hip(this creates slack in the other buckle in your photo) ... while using your other hand on the tail of the strap (the end you normally pull) to take up that slack created by the other hand. Just do a little at a time, alternating between the left and right sides, until the pack is snug.

I hope you can follow this mumbo-jumbo and it helps you to enjoy the benefit of your pockets!

Mike Klinefelter
(mjkline) - F

Locale: Southern California
Alternate Installation on 05/25/2008 08:09:48 MDT Print View

I installed one of the pockets on my wife's Vapor Ki. The hipbelt has the newer system for tightening the hipbelt that is different from my older Vapor Trail. What I did to install on the Vapor Ki was remove the hipbelt strap completely from that side of the pack. I then stretched the pocket attachment over the fixed buckle that is attached the the pack hipbelt. Then reinstalled the hipbelt strap. That way there is no stress on the pocket attachment and it does not interfere with the operation of the hipbelt. Let me know if you need a photo.

Dave .
(Ramapo) - F - M
Yep. on 05/27/2008 14:35:26 MDT Print View

That's the ticket, thanks Mike. Tim, I think that's what you were suggesting too. Once I realized that Granite Gear had updated the style of its hipbelts, it became clear that the instructions were outdated and incorrect. Slipping the pocket over the buckle resolved the issue.

Interestingly, my girlfriend has an old Vapor Trail, so installing her pockets worked just like in the instructions.

The pockets look like they'll work fine on both packs.

Whew! I'd gotten frustrated for nothing. Thanks for the help guys.


Dave .
(Ramapo) - F - M
By the way... on 05/27/2008 14:37:31 MDT Print View

...Michael, when you slip the attachment over the buckle, it only takes 5 minutes tops to put a pocket on. Might be useful for you given that you switch packs frequently.

Otto Samuelsson
(otto27) - MLife
Hipbelt Pockets on GG Virga? on 05/27/2008 15:11:14 MDT Print View

I own a GG Virga with unpadded hipbelt. Is it possible to attach GG Hipbelt Pockets to the Virga hipbelt?

Dave .
(Ramapo) - F - M
Virga on 05/27/2008 16:07:17 MDT Print View

I own a Virga as well. Quite a Granite Gear fan here.

I'm trying to sort out whether I can make the hip belt pockets work on the Virga. I have my doubts. The Virga lacks the hip stabilizer buckle that the pockets attach to. I don't know how to get around this problem.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Virga on 05/27/2008 21:56:18 MDT Print View


Edited by FamilyGuy on 11/13/2013 09:26:21 MST.

Dave .
(Ramapo) - F - M
No go on the Virga on 05/28/2008 10:57:36 MDT Print View

So, I called Granite Gear today, and their hipbelt pockets do not attach to the Virga. Unfortunate, but...oh well.

On the up side, it looks like MLD makes pockets that will work just fine with the Virga:

This is a direct quote from Ron's description:


The picture of this feature looks like it would work perfectly with the Virga:

The ULA pockets would work too, but they're shaped oddly in order to accommodate the Amp's winged hipbelt. I prefer the symetrical, square shape of the MLD pockets.


Looks like I have to place another order for hipbelt pockets. These things should really just come standard with all packs. When this is all said and done, I'll have spent $80 on hipbelt pocket add ons.

I'm gonna just start hiking in a loin cloth, carrying only a knife... That'll help me avoid a lot of frustrations.

Edited by Ramapo on 05/28/2008 10:59:16 MDT.

Mike Klinefelter
(mjkline) - F

Locale: Southern California
MLD 9 week wait on 05/28/2008 11:21:15 MDT Print View

From MLD's website:

Orders are taking about 8 - 10 weeks to ship. Smaller items we do not sew (stakes, poles, line, etc. ship in about a week.)

I would check out the Gossamer Gear Hip Belt pockets for use on the Virga. I have both the Vapor Trail and Virga. I have the Granite Gear hip belt pocket set up on the Vapor Trail and I too have been looking at pockets for the Virga. The advantage to the Gossamer Gear pockets is they are half the cost and are in stock. You might want to check them out before getting on the 9 week wait for some MLD pockets.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Pockets on 05/28/2008 11:31:55 MDT Print View


Edited by FamilyGuy on 11/13/2013 09:26:52 MST.

Otto Samuelsson
(otto27) - MLife
Gossamer Gear Hip Belt Pockets on 05/28/2008 15:21:09 MDT Print View

Gossamer Gear Hip Belt Pockets will be my choice for the Virga.
Thank you for gathering information making it easier for me to make a decision.

Dave .
(Ramapo) - F - M
Hipbelt pockets for Virga on 05/28/2008 19:24:42 MDT Print View

Actaully, I don't think that the Gossamer Gear pockets will work well with the Virga. The webbing that they attach with is much wider than the hipbelt.

I think that the MLD ones will probably work best.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Hipbelt pockets for Virga on 05/29/2008 05:34:28 MDT Print View

I bet that Zpacks hip belts would work with a Virga ... they are designed for Joe's packs, which have 1 and 1.5 inch belt options

b s
(smyth) - F
Hipbelt pockets for GG Virga on 04/28/2009 21:50:45 MDT Print View

Picked up a used Virga a few weeks back and was looking at possibly getting hip belt pockets. Wondering if anyone tried any of the suggestions on this thread. Gossamer? MLD? ZPacks? Dave or anyone else?

V k

Locale: New York
MLD pockets on 04/28/2009 21:55:59 MDT Print View

MLD pockets shipped within 3 days of my order last week. It seems that they have a small stockpile of these ready waiting to be shipped.

b s
(smyth) - F
MLD pockets on GG Virga? on 04/28/2009 22:16:31 MDT Print View

Thanks for the info. Did you use these with a Virga? If so, did they fit well? Were they comfortable? I'm specifically looking for feedback on any of these hipbelt pockets when used with 1.5" webbing only belt like the Virga has.