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    Has anyone permanently removed the Backstraps?

    I have both a WF and Tristar and in two years have probably only used backstraps on one occasion. I always carry them on by shoulder or with my hand. Since I don't use them, I just view the backstraps as occupying space and constituting additional weight and am tempted to remove them. I was wondering if anyone has cut these off to create more space and if so what is your experience?

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    I've had my Aeronaut for a few years now and considered the same thing early on. Glad I didn't though because I've begun using them since I do a lot more walking with it now (one bagging). Real shoulder saver and it may help it fly under the radar as a carryon. Last month I had it a little over max weight of 10 kilos but breezed right by the gate people who were size/weight checking carry-ons.
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    The weight of the straps is negligible, you are better off leaving them on.

    Sometimes the Tristar is offered as a carry over the rollaboard handle style, without backpack straps.

    You could order one of those and sell the backpack strap one to fellow TB forum members.

    What colors are your bags?

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    The only time I saw something like this was on an Aeronaut for sale on eBay. The seller had cut off the straps just before they attached to the bag and it was for weight savings according to the listing. So, I have seen it done - but it reduced the resale value of the bag.

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    Why not just see if anyone will buy your bag(s), and you can re-buy them in the non-backpack strap version? That would likely only work for the Western Flyer, unless the TS comes in a non-backpack version. If the colour combo is rare/sought after and the bags are in good condition, you might not lose much on it at all.

    Once you cut the straps off, there is no going back...
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    My bags are black. I doubt I will be thinking of reselling - when the bags live their life then they are gone. Actually I am thinking more of space (rather than weight) as opens up the rear compartment to more options. I was not aware the tristar had a non-backpack straps version? As for the WF, at least when I bought mine, the non backstrap version did not have the rear pocket but a sleeve to allow attachment to a roll-on - that is no use to me as I do like that rear pocket for stuffing papers etc

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    i would advise against removing the straps. Several years ago I purchased a Trager bag (a brand that used to be sold on the Tom Bihn website) - it was a combination backpack/vertical messenger bag and had some features in common with the TB brain bag). At that time I never considered using the backpack feature and removing the straps made it easier to use the back compartment (had zippered openings at the top and bottom) as a sleeve for a rolling bag handle. A few years later I realized what an error cutting the straps off was - I occasionally use a backpack now and really miss the opportunity to use that old bag in the manner it was originally designed for. . If you plan to cut them off, think carefully about it.


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