Now, years later, we regret that. I have a waist pack (think: hard-core fanny back with side water bottle holder) for hikes. Usually that is all we need to take. However, on some longer day hikes we have found that we need a little more room (for snacks, extra water, extra clothing layer, etc) than the waist pack permits. So Matt wears his backpack--and wishes he had the waist strap to help put the weight of the load on his hips rather than shoulders, as well as to stabilize it side-to-side when moving on uneven terrain.
Matt looked up replacement parts for Camelbaks and found it was going to be about $10 to replace the strap. But, I looked at it and figured we could fix it ourselves for a fraction of the price. We found nylon strapping and a "parachute" buckle at Jo-Ann Fabric. Using a couple 40% off coupons we secured the nessessary supplies for under four dollars. I took them home and attached the strapping to the waist loop on the bag with a little zig-zag stitch, attached the buckles to the other end and voila! We have our waist strap back again.
|Before: Empty waist loop on bag and strap and buckle from Jo-Ann Fabric.|
|After: Waist loop on bag attached to strap with buckle.|