New Accessory Suggestion: buckle system for attaching bag to your pants' belt
I'm new to the Tom Bihn crowd. I have a Horizontal Freudian Slip enroute as I write this. My first TB purchase. Before that even gets here I am sorting out my next purchase, which will likely be a medium cafe bag and lots of key straps and pouches. I'm a big man, (6'1'', closing on 400lbs). Using a waist strap would be like throwing an anchor line for a boat. I doubt the waist strap would be long enough anyway. What would work well for me is a 2 piece accessory: a buckle system (Warrior or seat belt) that allows me to add the female end to my belt. I always wear a belt. So why not utilize that? If I was able to just add the buckle to my own belt, say with a velcro wrap, I could then just clip the bag using a male buckle end that is attached to the bag. I see this is as more of an optional accessory that would be useful with any bag that has a waist strap. It would replace the waist strap utilizing the same fittings, preferably adjustable so one size fits most TB bags that have the waist strap option, and could be swapped out quickly if the standard strap was to be used (for the svelter set). I envision the bag side of this 2 piece system to me a strap that runs between the two waist strap connection points and has a male buckle attached at 90 degrees to the width strap. perhaps with an adjust cinch. This could also be used to tranfer some of the load from my shoulder to my belt. I like the idea of being able to keep the bag in front of me when walking in the city, and this would do the trick. I am also considering commissioning a local tailor to make this adaptation for me. Any thoughts or comments on my idea?
Keyring type attachment to belt photo
While perusing the forum, I came across a photo of a key ring type I mentioned earlier in this thread that could be used for connecting the bag the bag to a belt loop.
The idea of attaching it to a belt loop is more of keeping the bag in place than of sharing the weight bearing load. A quick easy way to keep the bag from bouncing around, etc. Its also a nice way to keep the bag in front of you, say on a crowded city street.