Waist Band is now too Large

10:32 a.m. on January 13, 2009 (EST)
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I have an Osprey Kestrel 28(?) in small. The waist band itself is not adjustable, but I have found that it is not tight enough around my hip to provide the kidn of support and weight distribution that I need. I am leaving for Kilimanjaro in two and a half weeks and am wondering what I could do about this?

I am considering cutting out closed-cell foam and sewing it in with mesh to line the hip belt to add more cushion and take up more space (basically to give me more inches). Any thoughts/suggestions?

7:11 p.m. on January 17, 2009 (EST)
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Or, you could take it to a professional tailor who could problem solve that for you. You will also probably lose a little weight on the trip, so adding a belt may not be a bad idea either.

Have a wonderful trip!

11:15 a.m. on January 19, 2009 (EST)
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Does Osprey make a smaller belt? You could check with them.

9:54 a.m. on January 21, 2009 (EST)
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Well, the waitband is not adjustable at all to replace this one...I suppose I could ask though just in case they have suggestions as well. Also, I did take it to a tailor (a shoe repair as I figured they may have the heaviest-duty threading and also a regular tailor) but there was nothing they could do in the way of decreasing the waist strap and we were limited in "bulking" up the padding..
I was given the suggestion of closed-cell foam for the extra "bulk" though if I wanted to bring that in. I made-shift with this and a doubly-lined mesh cover and it seems to be helping tremendously. I might take this into the tailor to have them professionally fix it. Thanks for the suggestions!

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