In another thread I did a pretty thorough review of the Tarahumara.
In that review I discussed how my goal for the Tarahumara was to use it as a trail running / adventure racing pack, and that it was great ...but needed a waist belt. Well, after some trial and error I think I have come up with a pretty good solution.
What you need:
1. A pair of compression straps
2. A pair of lifter straps
NOTE: I didn't use the lifter straps, because I just ordered a 10 pack of Duraflex Siamese Silk Clips.
How to build it:
STEP 1: Take the compression straps, and clip the metal tri-glides off with a pair of diagonal cutters.
STEP 2: Attach the SIlk Clips to the loops.
STEP 3: Attach the Silk Clips to the bottom loops on the Tarahumara.
STEP 4: Go Running!
So it turns out that the silk clips have a tendency to cut into my back when I run. Basically, if you are wider then the Tarahumara ...this is going to happen to you to. So I'm trying to work out a solution to this. As of today I have tried sliding strap keepers and Ranger bands over the silk clips ...and it works OK.
Just slide the keeper over the clip. The downside of this is that the pointy ends on the silk clips beat up the keepers, and this solution probably won't last long.
Ranger bands work OK, but they move around because it aren't really tight enough (and this is the smallest Ranger band in the pack that I have).
Other things I plan to try.
1. Using the shock cord and barrels (from the shoulder straps) to attach the belt to the bottom of the pack instead of the silk clips.
2. Wrap the clips with medical pre-wrap (thin foam) and electrical tape. The problem with this is the belt won't be easily removable.
3. Heat shrink wrap, but once again ...the belt won't be easily removable
What do you guys think?