With a month left until my JMT trek, I made some modifications to my backpack based on my recent shakedown cruise.
- I added padding to the shoulder straps. The original design calls for stuffing extra socks into the straps. I never liked that but the straps dug into my shoulders pretty good. So I cut some strips from an old foam pad and inserted them into the hollow straps.
- Along with the padding, I added a small sternum strap to relive some the pressure. This is useful since I will be using poles and therefore couldn't make full use of the thumb straps.
- Inspired by Stick's water bottle holders, I first added some daisy chains to the front of the shoulder straps. I then made two of the bottle holders to attach to the loops. This will allow better access to water, especially since I do not carry bladder tubes.