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Hip belt suggestions for rolling backpack?

I'm eyeing the RS rolling backpack (as compared to others I've seen) primarily because of the European airline carry-on sizing. Has anyone figured out a way to use a hip belt with it? (There don't seem to be any hooks or loops near the bottom.) Or have you found an alternative carry-on sized rolling backpack with a hip belt?

(Do to a medical condition I cannot carry more than about 5 pounds safely using just shoulder straps - but with the weight shifted to a hip belt, 20 pounds is a cinch. I also cannot carry more than about 10 pounds using my arms (so hauling a suitcase up multiple flights of stairs is a no-go). I want something I can use as a roller when practical, and as a backpack (with hipbelt!) when necessary...)

Any suggestions?

Thank you!

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Thank you, Gail! The smaller Farpoint looks like it might fit the bill! (Now just have to find it....)

Thank you!

Linda

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Unfortunately, the Osprey Farpoint and Fairview are out of stock/sold out everywhere. :(

So I am still looking for suggestions...

Thank you!

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You might have some luck finding a slightly used pack off eBay or other sites (Poshmark?). Several Farpoints are listed, for example.

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As others suggest, I will opine that it's going to be easier and probably safer to buy a properly made travel pack than to try and hack the RS unit by sewing on a hipbelt. The only rollers that convert to proper backpacks I know of are from Osprey. They hold 36L, run about $250, and are heavy. These units are highly regarded and you can find plenty of reviews online.

21.5H X 14W X 9D IN. 5.29 LBS.
https://www.osprey.com/us/en/product/farpoint-wheeled-travel-pack-carry-on-36-FARPNTWH36_160.html

21.5H X 14W X 9D IN. 5.29 LBS.
https://www.osprey.com/us/en/product/fairview-wheeled-travel-pack-carry-on-36-FAIRVWWH36_550.html

Unfortunately, the Osprey Farpoint and Fairview are out of stock/sold out everywhere. :(
So I am still looking for suggestions...

Ah, bummer. My local REI had one on the floor just a few weeks ago. Osprey products are available at many sporting goods and outdoor shops. Start calling?