In today's article at Practical Hacks the subject is Travel Gear: Shoulder strap comparo - 4 contenders for “best bag strap”. Guess which shoulder strap was rated #1? Kevin writes:The Absolute Strap, like most Tom Bihn products, has evolved over time in response to customer inputs and Tom's own design thoughts. I recall at least two major design changes to the structure of the "grippy surface" of the absolute straps I have, as well as changes to the clips used at the end. Just for fun, I'm referencing a few old forum posts I was reminded of while reading Kevin's article:Whether credit is due Op/Tech USA or Bihn, whoever designed the Absolute Strap got two fundamentals just right. The key to its superiority is its generous 2¾” width and neoprene material … Coupled with Bihn spec’d hardware, the Absolute Strap is of uniformly high quality and durability.
- here's one early change
- and here's a post containing a speculation on how the strap works (anti-gravity?)
- then there was Darcy's post about Preventing Shoulder Woes: What's Your Solution? that referenced this "Ouch! My bag is killing me!" article from the NY Times, which provoked this answer:
- A late addition: when iceblink said, The reviewer is right, this is the review he was responding to (parts of an Empire Builder review dealing with the strap):