The waist belt on this thing looks rather...
The waist belt on this thing looks rather cheap? Is it good quality and does it handle a load?
I find the hipbelt on the Arc'teryx Silo 30 to be sufficient to carry the kind of load this 30L pack is designed for. I like that the hip pads can be moved to fit right over your hipbones. The pads are made from high quality foam that doesn't totally compress when the belt is cinched, so, in short, Yes, it can handle a load.