Hey @solmssen! You should definitely do what's best for your body! While your request isn't very common, there are packs out there that are designed for ultralight loads. Some thru hikers or endurance athletes that are looking to go ultralight will use frameless packs, and some hikers have gone so far as to cut their hip belts off to save that 2.1 ounces, haha. (This method isn't recommended as it'll probably void any warranty the pack comes with.) Ray Jardine, an ultralight thru hiking guru, kind of normalized hiking without a hip belt. Like @Gary2 mentioned, Zpacks has an option for one such pack. Here's a good article that reviews a few ultralight options that would probably be comfortable without using the hip belts. Are you backpacking with this setup or doing extended day hikes? If you're backpacking, here's a book that may help you lighten your load and make your hikes more comfortable, one gram at a time. 🙂
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So I'm coming back to this thread with my ultimate results after a lot of trial and error. I even ordered specialty 6E boots from Apis Mt. Emey and they were the closest. The thing was, the Merrells were the perfect width after about 6 months of wear and super comfy, but the soles had worn to the point of feeling a little slippery on some of the harder trails I do. I finally twigged and bought a shoe stretcher. I bought a new pair of 11.5 W Moab Vents, put the stretchers in them for a day, and they were PERFECT. The key was to stretch them out on a gizmo, not my feet. No more bandaids, no more blisters! Hope Google finds this for anyone in the same boat!
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