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    Any news on this? Darcy?

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    Would love to see a padded hip belt with gatekeeper ("absolute hip strap", anyone?) so that it can be universal and removable with s25, SA, GP, Aeronaut, etc.

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    Bumping this thread...

    Any chance of a padded hip belt for the bags with the 1 inch gatekeeper connections like the Aeronauts?

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    Hip Belt for Synapse 25

    Quote Originally Posted by Antman157 View Post
    I'm hoping for a hip belt for the synapse 25 .. Maybe with an attachment point for a water bottle Smilie


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    I would love to have it both for Synapse 25 as well as 19. I used the 19 on a trek in the Himalayas recently and felt the absence of a hip belt.
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    It would be wonderful to have it for the Aeronaut 45 as well since the bag can get heavy, if you aren't too careful.
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    Yep I concur. The one major downfall of the A45 is when it gets heavier than about 6 kilos it's quite uncomfortable to carry for distances. The waist strap adds no value to carrying in comfort.


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    Yep I concur. The one major downfall of the A45 is when it gets heavier than about 6 kilos it's quite uncomfortable to carry for distances.
    Another vote for this. I bought the A45 as a minimalist carry-on, but it has been so heavy for me to deal with that I have decided to check it for upcoming trips. It is just simply too heavy for me to schlep through airports with it. As a 5 foot tall women, and total weakling, a padded strap would make a lot of difference.
    Owner of Aeronaut 45, Aubergine/Wasabi; MCB, Plum; Travel Trays, Wasabi, NW Sky & Zest; PCSB, Iberian; PCBP, Steel, black dyneema CP & Pilot

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    I wonder if the challenge is that there's no internal frame ... i.e., since the hip belt connects your hips to the bag frame, and the bag frame connects to the load with the shoulder straps stabilizing ... given the other bags have no internal frame, seems like the bag bottom would simply bow in/out and be more uncomfortable/unstable.

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    Forgive me if the answer is obvious, but would the new padded hip belt from the hero's journey fit the aeronaut?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duggy'sMom View Post
    Forgive me if the answer is obvious, but would the new padded hip belt from the hero's journey fit the aeronaut?
    There are two attachment points for the hip belt on the HsJ. The Aeronauts only have 1.


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    Echoing everyone else--I love my Aeronaut 45 for construction and organization but almost never use it. When it's full, it's too heavy for my shoulders. If I need that much, I take a roller or a Rick Steves carryon with a tuckaway hip belt.

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    Update! In part due to everyone's feedback in this thread, we've designed a new 1" Padded Hip Belt, and it just debuted on the website minutes ago.

    The new 1" Padded Hip Belt is designed to be used with the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, or Smart Alec.

    And I'll share here an excerpt from the blog post introducing the new 1" Padded Hip Belt:
    Our Aeronaut 30, Aeronaut 45, Tri-Star, and Western Flyer travel bags all have 1” webbing loops that can accept the 1” Padded Hip Belt. If you’ve been hoping for a Padded Hip Belt for your TB travel bag, then this may be your best option. We’re not officially recommending the 1” Padded Hip Belt as an option for these bags because the aforementioned travel bags are larger and do not have internal frames, and because the attachment point for a waist belt is somewhat high, the 1” Padded Hip Belt can end up riding high on some folks, especially those who are taller. Same advice we gave earlier applies here: if you already use the included 1” Webbing Gatekeeper Waist Strap on your travel bag it works for you but you’d like to upgrade to a padded version, then feel free to give the 1” Padded Hip Belt a whirl, and let us know how it works for you (maybe you’ll change our minds!)

    For those who find the Aeronaut 45 to be heavy when fully packed, here's what we usually suggest.... you may very well have already considered 1) and 2) but we're adding it here just in case:

    1) Muse on your packing list. Are you carrying heavy items that could be swapped out for lighter items, or items that could be left at home entirely? (Think: extra shoes, or heavier clothing like jeans.)

    2) Downsize to the Aeronaut 30. Easy enough if you find yourself filling your Aeronaut 45 not because you need to but just because you can, but if that's not the case, you'll still need to go w/the advice above (pare down your packing list).

    3) You might try the new 1" Padded Hip Belt, and if you do, let us know how it works for you.

    The 1" Padded Hip Belt is available here on its own page and can also be ordered with the Synapse 19, Synapse 25, and Smart Alec.

    P.S. Tom has a new blog post that came out of our discussions on this topic -- A Brief History of Padded Hip Belts
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    Shouldn't you add the hip belt to today's new bags/accessories listing?

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    @moriond Yep! Thanks! I didn't realize it was coming out today when I posted the new bags/accessories listing.

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    Darcy, thank you! Something that many of us were waiting for.
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