Add a hip belt to an Aeronaut?
Has anyone done this successfully? I one-bag international business travel, often with a baby in tow, and even packing light, that's too much to carry just on my shoulders. As much as I love my Aeronaut in terms of aesthetics and construction, I've gone back to my Rick Steves convertible carryon for the hip belt. My Aeronaut is lonely...
I posted about this before and was pointed to external hip belts that REI sells, but they seem specific to a particular product line--I don't see how I would attach one to an Aeronaut. Any input much appreciated!
While it is possible to attach the basic TB hip belt to the lower part of the shoulder straps, when I tried one on like this, the belt rested extremely high on my waist (not my preference). I definitely prefer the lower hip belt attachment point on the Smart Alec. This is the one issue that has made me hesitate about buying an Aeronaut 30, though I would really, really, really like one. So I am also curious if anyone else has suggestions.
I'm thinking a padded belt that is designed to really transfer weight to your hips. The waist belt that comes with TB bags (unless there's an accessory I don't know about?) is a 1" webbing strap that seems designed more to stabilize the bag. I did try loosening the shoulder straps to have it ride lower, but it's not comfortable at all like that--I don't think it's really intended to take weight.