I was wondering if you folks could help me with some issues that I had with my GoLite Peak pack.
I just got it last week and really enjoyed using a smaller capacity pack. I got quite used to my Granite Gear Vapor Trail on the AT last year, but have been in an effort to get base weight down to ~12 lbs.
There were two things that I wanted to change to make it a bit more user friendly (at least to me). I was going to add some thin padding to the hipbelt. With 5 days of food and ~25 lbs, the weight was not transferring as well to my hips as my GG (obviously, given it's much more sparse frame) - but it also cut into my hip pointers, since the strap is much thinner than I am used to. Does anyone have any tips on attaching maybe some old thermarest foam to the inside of the hipbelt?
I was also thinking about making a lid to this pack. I really liked how the GG Vapor Trail cinched and rolled down, thereby making it more 'waterproof' in rain. This pack has the same design, but it's a bit less functional because of it's smaller capacity. I figured a removable lid would give me a bit more space (2-3 L) and act as protection from the elements. I was thinking about sewing on some grosgrain straps to the pack and using snap buttons to make the lid removable. I was thinking silnylon or some other heavier duty nylon for material. Has anyone tried anything like this?
Any tips for a first time tinkerer would be appreciated!