Do you chop, buckle or leave?
All my sacks have extra long straps. I'm not the biggest of builds so i don't see the point in having them flapping about the place.
Is it best to leave them, or do people cut them back and re-stitch or buckle them down?
Many years ago I reviewed a pack that had extra-long straps. They were almost trailing along the ground as I walked, but when the wind caught them, they whipped me around the head, and my ears were raw with the abuse. I wrote something like... "flagellation on the fells is not one of my vices"... but the editor cut that bit out, which was a pity.
I chop them off, along with all the other modifications I make when I buy a pack. In an extreme case, you can chop a pound in weight off a pack and leave it in better shape than when you bought it! Approach the job with care, because if you cut it badly in the wrong place, you can cause irreparable damage, and the manufacturer won't be interested in putting it right for you! You'll probably find that the best way to cut a strap is to do it on a firm surface with a hot knife. Yep... get an old knife and heat it in a gas flame until it glows... then simply melt through the strap. OK... some materials won't work this way... so test a bit at the end of a strap before committing yourself to anything more drastic. Another method is to cut the strap with a razor-sharp blade, then briefly pass the end of the strap through a flame to melt loose fibres and stop them fraying. Again... do it with caution... testing a small sample first. If you can't do it with a hot knife or flame, then you'll have to do it the old-fashioned way by cutting and sewing up the ends to stop them fraying.
It should go without saying... but try and imagine your pack at its fullest capacity... and make sure you leave enough straps to be able to secure and adjust as necessary.
My ancient Karrimor Hot Earth has some little clips that allow you to double back the loose ends and keep them under control. They are easy enough to adjust if you later need the extra strapping. I don't know why more packs don't come with these...?
Yep, regularly chop the excess off. The hip belt on the Mac Pac 20 Amp I bought was ridiculously long, though I was thankful I'd didn't take much more off when I lent it to a mate recently.
I find scissors and then applying a hot flame to the seal remainder does the job fine.
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very perceptive -opinions vary of course.....
I sell kit too - pssssssssssssst wanna buy a cheap rucksack with cut straps.
I must admit, FB, that I didn't read your post of 15.05 until after I had posted my warning. When I did see it my thought was ' there speaks a man who has been educated by bitter experience'.
Advice - advertise that pack as a womens model - they (or at least some of them) have skinny waists.
if you cut em, and you should, make sure they are just a little longer in case of overeating.
cut them with a hot stanley knife blade and it melts it in one go stopping fraying and aiding the threading through buckles.
Quite liking this as a solution - http://www.alpkit.com/colab08/entry/velcro-rucksack-straps/
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