I'm thinking of buying a new pack but have a question for the diy'ers.
Would it be possible to attacht a decent aftermarket hipbelt on the Granite gear virga or the golite jam2 (pre 2009) ?
I'm more inclined to go with the virga, as this one has load-lifters.
I've got a virga, and it has a hipbelt on it - but more just a strap. however, with the kind of loads you carry in a virga if
you have a decent sleeping pad in it providing some load support I can not imagine you actually needing a "decent hipbelt" - it's just not necessary. Personally I love mine, and it certainly doesn't need any more hipbelt than it has.
If you really wanted more it wouldn't be a difficult project to beef up what's there I don't think. but I'd try it first.