Working on version two of pack one, cannot rip apart seams again, or the fabric will just wear out.
On test hike, realized that I'd made the shoulder straps, a basic J pattern, 3" too short on the top straight part, not realizing that the pack, with frame tubes, sticks out about 3" from shoulders give or take. Result is straps bite a bit into armpit. So the J curve just starts about 3" too soon, and hits my armpit, not going under it a bit. So close, yet so far....
Normally I'd rip off the top part and straps, but I already did that, and can't do it again, too many holes there now, so I'm debating cutting the strap off about 1" from the pack body, and then making a new set and attaching the new ones to the old ones stubs with a felled seam.
Anyone have experience with this, is it strong enough? Seems like it should be. There's no shoulder / body contact at that point, it's in the air. 3/8" padding will not be present after the seam, to the body. Very sad cosmetically since the pack looks great to my eyes as is, but functionality has to be present as well obviously.
Reluctant to toss this one because it's made with the DP wx07/wx21, the wx07 no longer available, and every other feature on it turned out really good.
Next time I'm doing a 70d/500d prototype, which will also yield a superlight model.
Any advice on how to handle this glitch? Thanks