Backpack Webbing Hack

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Introduction: Backpack Webbing Hack

About: applied simplicity

I really like my backpack (a Gossamer Gear Gorilla 40l). It has compression straps on the sides which are very useful to attach a tent or a sleeping pad. But when I use it on shorter adventures and tighten all the straps it becomes a hellish bundle of dangling webbing straps. Of course I can shorten all the straps and cut them to the minimal needed length. But I like the compression straps to attach things sometimes. And I need the shoulder straps to be a bit longer when I'm wearing an insulation jacket in winter.

Some backpacks have small pieces of velcro at the end of the straps to roll them up and fix them in place. But you always have to open the velcro, adjust the length and close them again.

I found a solution that is extremely easy and fast to implement (no sewing required). It works best if the ends of your straps are folded two times and thus have a small closed channel that you can use. If they don't come like this, it's very easy to sew them in that way.

Maybe this will help you to tidy up your backpack and ban the dangling mess forever.

Step 1: Materials

You only need some shock cord (elastic string), scissors and a lighter to tidy up the ends. And some very minimal knotting skills.

Step 2: Adding the Shock Cord

Cut a small piece of shock cord. Put one end of the shock cord through the loop/channel at the end of the strap. Guide the other end under the returning strap. It should be obvious when you look at the pictures.

Step 3: Making the Knot

Make an Overhand Knot (not that sure it's called that way but I'm pretty optimistic that a helpful sailor will soon correct me and point out the correct term) with both ends. Pinching the knot with your thumb and index finger and pulling with the other hand at the loose ends, try and bring the knot as close to the webbing as possible. Ideally the shock cord should stay under tension so the two webbing parts are always pulled together. When you're convinced that the knot is tight enough, shorten the loose ends and use the lighter to carefully burn the ends a bit to prevent them from fraying.

Repeat these steps for all the straps you want to roll up/shorten.

Step 4: How to Use

Now comes the easy part. When you want to compress the backpack, just grab the loop and pull. To shorten the strap, just roll it until it's short enough. Should you not like this solution you can easily cut the shock cord away without any harm done to your backpack.

I did the same to the shoulder straps, but I don't roll the straps since I adjust them quite often. I simply pull them down and they stay close to the load bearing straps without dangling around and annoying me.

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32 Discussions

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gcai_fwb
gcai_fwb

2 years ago on Introduction

Great hack! I've implemented it on all my loose straps. However I made one slight change by using a square (reef) knot to tie the shock cord and then pulled the knot into the channel at the end of the strap - gives a slightly neater appearance (see pictures) - thanks for the great idea!

BTW - you could use paracord instead of the shock cord if you don't want to use the roll up feature.

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dtextor
dtextor

Reply 2 years ago

Brilliant. And even neater with the knot gone! Thanks.

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Nascenta
Nascenta

2 years ago

Awsome hack! Thank you for taking the time to share.

Absolutely Genius! As a boy scout, the staros always bugged me. Thanks for sharing this great tip! I hope to try it soon!

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dtextor
dtextor

Reply 2 years ago

Glad you like it!

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trikkenut
trikkenut

2 years ago

Excellent idea and very well illustrated...Thank you for sharing!

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OutofPatience
OutofPatience

2 years ago

Clever and well illustrated...thanks!

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dtextor
dtextor

Reply 2 years ago

Thank you. Taking the pictures one handed while operating the straps was actually quite challenging. :D

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cgurlz
cgurlz

2 years ago on Step 4

I love this tip! I have several straps that can be tamed this way.

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dtextor
dtextor

Reply 2 years ago

If you make it, please post a picture when you're done. I would very much like to see it.

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blueangelofmercy
blueangelofmercy

2 years ago

Such a simple yet innovative solution. Thanks!

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dtextor
dtextor

Reply 2 years ago

You're welcome, thanks for commenting!

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deluges
deluges

2 years ago

Nice! Been looking for something like that for a while

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dtextor
dtextor

Reply 2 years ago

Me too. I'm actually a bit puzzled that this solution didn't come up yet..

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LVB
LVB

2 years ago on Step 4

I don't really have need of this particular tip, but I want to compliment you on your extremely well-articulated, well-illustrated, totally user-friendly presentation. You are a born teacher (without being the least bit pedantic!)

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dtextor
dtextor

Reply 2 years ago

Thank you that you took the time to write these kind words. It means a lot to me.

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santmukh
santmukh

2 years ago

Excellent 'ible! I love my backpacking pack, and the functionality of all of its compression straps, but I am often at a loss with all of those dangling, tangling ends. No more! Very simple and non intimidating instructions. I'm sitting down to implement right now. :)

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dtextor
dtextor

Reply 2 years ago

I know exactly how you feel about those straps. :) Hope it works for you and please post a picture when you're done.

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Neil the geeky
Neil the geeky

2 years ago

That's excellent; a true hack! Simple, effective, solves a genuine problem, but we hadn't thought of it!

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dtextor
dtextor

Reply 2 years ago

It's something that annoyed me for quite some time. :)