The Gossamer Gear Murmur is an 8.0 oz frameless ultralight backpack designed for carrying very lightweight backpacking loads. It comes with an hip belt made out of webbing that’s 3/4 of an inch wide (shown above) and doesn’t have any padding. That’s not normally a problem with a 10-15 lb pack, but if you want an easy ultralight way to add some padding, you can use foam pipe insulation. This comes in handy if you need to carry a bit more weight, say 20 lbs, including water and fuel, or if you’re like me and have some extra padding over your hip bones and need a slightly grippier UL hip belt.
To implement this modification, go to a Home Depot or some other hardware store, and buy foam insulation for 1/2 inch copper or 3/8″ inch iron pipe. The best kind has a self-sealing adhesive running the length of the foam seam that wraps around the hip belt and glues shut. It takes seconds to do and the adhesive holds the foam closed really well.
This mod only adds 0.2 oz to the pack and costs under $3. Just another example of how you can use everyday materials for customizing your backpacking gear.
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