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3/27/2020 6:07 AM

I like what you've done with the new Connor V2. I was just wondering if there was any plan for an Umlindi V2?   Maybe with a beefed up chassis like the new Connor or AHBC?   Not that I have any issues with my current Umlindi. Just curious. 

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4/14/2020 4:08 PM
They posted a pic on Instagram today that looked like an Umlindi with some modifications. A front zipper for a slot pocket appears to be present and the lid/zipper seems different as well.
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4/15/2020 5:07 AM

I was actually just coming here to post about this. I seen that pic as well, now has me curious. Just bought another Umlindi, but I'd happily replace it with a V2 if it's got an Dual Stay Chasis & Dual Top Straps. 

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4/15/2020 8:17 AM

I didn't consider the dual stays but if that happens I could see myself getting the V2.

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4/15/2020 10:04 AM
Saw the pic but didn’t look closely till I saw these posts. The dual stay would be nice. I am trying out the V2 Connor. I’m not sold on the wings but other than than that I like it. Not convinced I like it better than my Umlindi.
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4/15/2020 11:37 AM
I looked into the availability of Umlindi packs a few minutes ago. With the exception of the teal color option, everything else is out of stock. So, either there has been a run on packs, there have been supply chain bottlenecks/delays, or they've been selling off their old inventory in preparation for a new version.
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4/15/2020 1:42 PM
Yes, a new version is on the way -

- dual stays
- dual top straps
- full height interior slot pocket that can be accessed from the exterior via zipper
- zipped top lid pocket like on Junction
- velcro loop on underside of top lid for velcro accessories
- wand pockets 1" taller and large enough to each hold (2) nalgene silo water bottles. drawcord tensioner at top of wand pockets.

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4/15/2020 1:50 PM
Darn nice upgrades!
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4/15/2020 3:31 PM
The Umlindi I've always wanted. Fantastic news!
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4/15/2020 5:01 PM
And here I've been going back and forth on how soon to order an Umlindi. Definitely holding out for the new one now. Thanks for the news sir.
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4/16/2020 10:14 AM
Good news. I almost ordered one several weeks ago when the color I wanted was in stock. Now I’m glad I hesitated.
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4/16/2020 10:50 AM
Wanted a V2 Connor but worried it wouldn’t fit well.
Will the V2 Umlindi fit a lean 5’4” frame?
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4/16/2020 11:35 AM
All of our packs are torso adjustable. The Umlindi is shorter in overall height, and is designed to function as a lumbar pack, which means it hangs lower in relation to the bottom of the harness overall. However, I honestly don't know the measurement from the bottom of each pack to the shortest point of the harness adjustment. I do know that folks your height have no problem wearing either, so really it is just going to come down to if you want a taller or shorter pack overall. Either way you will be able to get it to fit.

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4/16/2020 1:14 PM
I'm also 5'4", and I have about an 18" torso. I've been avoiding the Umlindi because I was also worried about it fitting me properly. I can see how it would work fine as a lumber pack, but it looks like it would drop down past my lumber area when used as a shoulder only pack. My Tarahumara, which is about 2 inches shorter than the Umlindi, requires me to shorten the harness straps (the straps that connect the pack to the harness) as far as they will go to keep the pack from dropping down past my lumber area onto my butt. Since I wanted a pack that could function both with and without a belt, I went with the Connor V2.

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4/16/2020 1:36 PM
Here is a picture of me (5'4", 18" torso) wearing a Tarahumara:

According to HPG product info, the Tarahumara is 17" and the Umlindi is 19". I don't know how the Umlindi is measured, but I can verify that the Tarahumara is 17" from the point where the shoulder harness attaches to the top of the pack body down to the bottom of the back panel.

I hope this helps.
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4/18/2020 8:35 AM

So, if I'm understanding you correctly, the V2 Connor fits you well? You don't believe the Umlindi will?


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4/18/2020 8:38 AM

Thank you...

I do have a Tara and it fits fine.

Hoping the new V2 Umlindi will work for me as well.

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4/18/2020 9:25 AM
My Connor hasn't arrived yet. I'll provide an update on it's fit once it gets here. That should happen sometime next week.

Even though the Connor is taller than the Umlindi, the shoulder straps on the Connor attach at a much lower point on the pack. Looking at the product pictures, it looks like the Connor can be adjusted to fit a shorter torso than the Umlindi. (I'm speaking in the context of shoulder carry only mode.)

Unfortunately, HPG product info omits torso size range info. I understand that their packs are torso height adjustable, but it would be helpful to know what the adjustment range is.

When I contacted HPG customer service about this, the response was that the Umlindi works better with a belt on shorter people, and that I should get the Connor if I wanted to be able to use it as a shoulder only pack.
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4/18/2020 9:29 AM
Mtrurn, if you get the Umlindi, I would be interested to hear how it fits you.
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4/18/2020 2:04 PM
Thank you for your reply...
I guess I’m still on the fence then. Perhaps I should reconsider the Conner.
I’ll be very interested to hear what your experience is with it.
Whatever pack I decide on, I want it to be modular. As in with belt and accessories one day and no belt another.
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