Guide's Pack padded hip belt?
When the Guide's Pack was first released, I recall rumors that there was a padded hip belt in the works that would attach to both sets of waist belt loops. I've been planning some backpacking trips for the summer and thus far have held out on an actual backpack purchase because I've been hoping for the release of this padded hip belt which would make the Guide's Pack a viable option for me (I'm fine with a thin belt for day hikes but carrying sleeping bags, cooking equipment, etc, really necessitates a padded belt for me).
So, is there any news on this? (Maybe it will be one of the June releases?) Or has anyone come up with a DIY alternative?