Attaching Absolute Shoulder Strap to Non-TB Duffel
In this thread in the Tom Bihn "Questions about bags and accessories" forum, I asked about how I could adapt a Bihn Absolute Shoulder Strap to work with an old duffel bag from K-Mart.
In the above-linked thread, falconea suggested that I "cut the strap off the male warrior clips, and feed through the strap of an Absolute Strap, with that extra little buckle which will hold it in place. Look at pictures D and G on the Absolute Strap page to see how to put it on." BPritchard also suggested I visit StrapWorks, where they have warrior buckle components available.
I'm not sure which would be easier to do, but if I want to use an Absolute Shoulder Strap with this duffel, it seems to boil down to two appraoches:
A: Follow falconea's suggestion and cut up the K-Mart shoulder strap to extract the male ends of the buckles, then re-use the male ends on a Bihn Absolute Shoulder Strap. (This seems like a good idea, but I'm not sure if the male buckle end will have the teeth to hold any different strap.)
B: Follow BPritchard's suggestion and buy a new male buckle end from StrapWorks, and thread a Bihn Absolute Shoulder Strap through the new male buckle ends to attach it to the duffel.
BPritchard's approach makes sense to me, but here's what I need to know:
1: If I order the male warrior buckle components from StrapWorks, how do I know which size specification to ask for? How does the size spec work for their buckles?
2: Also if I order the male buckle components from StrapWorks, how do I make sure that I order a male buckle that has teeth that will work with an Absolute Shoulder Strap?
I will probably order the new strap and StrapWorks goodies the next time I place a major order, which will be this Fall. (I have other items to get as well.)
Thank you in advance for your help,
The Mountain Man