Pack Hacks: How to Tame Excess Backpack Straps
Run or hike with a pack long enough and you may begin to notice tiny annoyances about your gear transporter that are enough to drive you crazy.
For example, your zippers may make jingling, tinkling noises with each step. The quiet, sloshing water in your bottle or hydration pack might start to sound like you’re camped next to a gushing waterfall. You may even get noticeably angry at your straps that keep swinging into your arms as you move.
Some backpacks come with pre-built solutions for all these issues, but many do not. What can you do to keep yourself sane while out on the run? We’re here with answers!
In our first Pack Hacks instructional post, we’re going to show you how to deal with excess backpack straps.
Excess Straps on Your Pack
Secure the Straps with Velcro Tape
Also known as “fastening tape,” velcro tape comes in a wide range of sizes and lengths and is suitable for many jobs in which things need to secured (wires, cables, yoga mats, rope, etc.).
Cut a 5″ – 6″ Piece of Tape
The length may vary depending upon how much excess strap you have, but usually 5 – 6 inches (13 – 15 cm) will suffice.
Place End of Tape Near End of Excess Strap
By placing the first part of the tape inside the roll of strap, you will be securing it from unrolling later on.
Roll Excess Strap to Buckle
The roll doesn’t have to go all the way up to the buckle – it can finish near it.
Wrap Tape Under and Around Strap and Secure
If you have too much tape leftover, trim the excess.
The Finished Product Should Look Like This
When done correctly, the straps should never come loose. If you need to expand the pack straps, simply unfasten, adjust, re-roll, and secure once more.
Use anywhere you have too much extra strap on your backpack