Continuing with the trend of "Snowed-In Progress", I got around to putting back together the green Ion that I ripped apart a while ago.
Unlike the usual mods, I decided to go a different route, since the Ion is great for me in different ways than it is for others.
I added a main body pocket, but decided against the side pockets, since they tend to just encourage me to off-balance my pack, and instead of removing the lid and replacing it with a roll-top, I replaced the Dyneema-X with 1.5oz Cuben, along with the top center back-panel. I like the zippered top since it's just the right height that I can tie up my hair without it interfering and causing neck pain.
I removed the hip belt, it's heavy and useless, and trimmed the shoulder strap webbing.
Original weight was 9.some-odd ounces, new weight without the sternum strap is 7.15oz New cool factor is infinite.