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Q-AM Shoulder Strap - Tom Bihn Shoulder Straps

One of the great features of messenger bags is the convenience of having the contents of the bag handy at your fingertips because the bag rests at the side of your hip. But being able to swing the bag around to your back, wearing it like a bike messenger would, has several advantages as well: worn cross-body, high on your back, a messenger bag is more stable for cycling. And wearing a messenger bag this way can also be a lifesaver for a long commute on foot or a short sprint to the bus. It's also great for keeping your bag from bumping everyone in a crowd. With the Q-AM (Quick-Adjust Messenger) Shoulder Strap, you can wear your TOM BIHN messenger bag slung conveniently low on your hip at one moment, and the next moment, with a quick tug, cinch the strap up snug so the bag rides high on your back.

The Q-AM strap comes with a webbing loop with half of a side-release buckle — we call it a Messenger Stabilizer — attached to the strap, in case you need extra stability.

The Messenger Stabilizer slides to where you want it on the strap and allows you to snap one half of your bag's waist strap to the front of the Q-AM strap, bike-messenger style (we recommend removing the unused half of the waist strap for safety). If you don't intend to wear your bag bike messenger-style, simply slide the loop off the end of the strap and leave it at home. The Messenger Stabilizer is available in 1" for the Large Café messenger bag or 1-1/2" for the ID, Ego, and Super Ego messenger bags — that's why you need to specify with which bag you will be using the Q-AM Strap.

The Q-AM strap is made of 1/2" (12 mm) thick closed-cell EVA foam that extends 20" of the length of the strap and is 2-1/2" wide, which makes the Q-AM strap extremely comfortable; it's wrapped in smooth pack cloth so it slides easily on your shoulder. The Q-AM strap utilizes the same kind of quick-adjust buckle found on most backpack shoulder straps: tighten the strap by pulling down on the loose end of the webbing, and loosen the strap by lifting up on the thumb-tab on the buckle. We sew a loop into the end of the webbing to make the adjustment easier and to prevent the strap from accidentally slipping through the buckle entirely. (The Q-AM strap is not a "quick-release" strap: it's still assumed that you'll be slipping the strap over your head when you wear it cross-body.)

Before you say "hey, I don't ride a bike, so why would I want this strap?," consider that Tom came up with the idea while walking to French class every day.


400 denier nylon exterior
High quality U.S. webbing
Tough Duraflex® and Nexus buckle


Made in USA
100% finished seams


Pad 20" x 2.5" x .5" / 500 x 65 x 12 mm
Adjusts to ~ 52" / ~ 1320 mm
Weight: 3.8 oz / 105 grams

Q-AM Shoulder Strap

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