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    Co-Pilot Waist-Strap Hack

    Forgive me if there's already another thread on this but I am excited that I might have broken new ground here. If not, I'm still happy to share in my excitement on this little trick that make's the co-pilot even cooler than it already is-

    After visiting the Tom Bihn Showroom, I made an impromptu purchase of a Black Dyneema/Wasabi Co-pilot to use as my day-pack while traveling Europe this summer. After browsing the website, it didn't even occur to me that this would be the most perfect awesome bag for trekking around Europe in. I will be packing it into my newly purchased Aeronaut (If I run out of money while I'm over there at least I know exactly where it all went). Anyway, after taking it home and filling it/walking around, one thing became apparent.. "Where's the waist strap?" - I thought that it would be a royal pain having to balance this thing over every corridor, bump, jump, bike-ride, and staircase along the way; Something I didn't exactly think about while salivating all over TB's latest creations in-person. So I came up with this...

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    By using the TB waist strap normally for the Aeronaut and other backpacks, the clips for these *snugly* fit into the loops that the shoulder strap is attached to..

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    This clearly wasn't designed for this to work the way it does, and the only downfall is that it does add a bit of forward rotation to the attachment point of the loop, but the strap itself compensates and makes a nice waist strap that keeps my Co-pilot tight against my back and secure from bag-snatchers.

    Here's a close-up of what's really going on..

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    Well done! I bike occasionally with a Copilot, too. I've used the waist straps to make a PCSB into a fanny pack (anathema to some people, but awesome for cyclists and state fair goers) but it never occurred to me to make use of them as a stabilizer strap. Thanks for the great idea!

    Just tried it! Genius idea.
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    Nice! You can also do this with the Stabilizer Strap, that's what I've used before. But I didn't find it comfortable for very long because of the clumsy way of attaching. I hope future Co-Pilots address this!
    Seriously, like, so much Nordic Dyneema I don't even know what to do with myself anymore. They will bury me in it. "Where's Mom's urn? WHERE DID YOU GUYS PUT THE SYNAPSE 19 WITH MOM'S ASHES?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollie View Post
    Nice! You can also do this with the Stabilizer Strap, that's what I've used before. But I didn't find it comfortable for very long because of the clumsy way of attaching. I hope future Co-Pilots address this!
    Can the Stabilizer Strap be used with the Co-Pilot?
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