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 1" for the Imago and
Large Café messenger bags 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.