The Absolute Shoulder Strap. A close shot of the tag on an Absolute Shoulder Strap. A close shot of the adjuster tri-glide on the Absolute Shoulder Strap. A close shot of the metal snaphook on the Absolute Shoulder Strap. The Q-AM (Quick-Adjust Messenger) Shoulder Strap. The Standard Shoulder Strap. The Simple Shoulder Strap. The 5/8 Shoulder Strap. The 1-inch Shoulder Strap. The Side Kick Shoulder Strap.
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Style: Absolute Shoulder Strap

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Description

We offer several comfortable shoulder straps to choose from.

The Absolute Shoulder Strap has a unique, patented, internal control-stretch system that's a lifesaver when carrying a heavy bag. It's the ideal strap for those who carry hefty loads or simply want the most comfortable strap available. The Absolute Shoulder Strap combines a nonslip, ergonomically curved pad — made of soft, durable neoprene — with comfortable stretch backing to make bags feel 50% lighter and 100% more comfortable. It's adjustable from 20" to 52".

Of course, at TOM BIHN, we're somewhat perfectionists: we make sure the webbing of our Absolute Shoulder Strap is our own top quality nylon webbing, which lasts and looks better longer than the standard polypropylene. And we go the extra mile and add heavy-duty, all-metal snaphooks. Made in U.S.A. to our specifications, our snaphooks are double-plated with a matte black finish to keep them sharp looking for years. The Absolute Shoulder Strap with Snaphooks is designed to work with any bags (ours that have D-rings or equivalent hardware.

Bags that accept the Absolute Shoulder Strap include the Aeronaut 45, Aeronaut 30, Tri-Star, Western Flyer, Empire Builder, Cadet, Maker's Bag and Yeoman Duffel.  

The Standard Shoulder Strap has a .25" / 6mm texturized rubber pad making it a good choice for those looking for some comfort but not needing the over-the-top comfort of the Absolute Strap. High quality U.S. nylon webbing and heavy-duty plastic snaphooks.

The Simple Shoulder Strap is, as the name suggests, a less heavy-duty strap for those who carry lighter loads. It features heavy-duty plastic snaphooks. Made out of high quality U.S. nylon webbing, the Simple Shoulder Strap is 1-1/2" wide, is fully adjustable, and extends to 46". The Simple Shoulder Strap can be clipped to our Packing Cube Shoulder BagDaylight Briefcase, or most light-in-weight bags with appropriate D-rings or equivalent hardware.

The 1" Shoulder Strap is a simple and light-duty shoulder strap made of 1" nylon webbing. It is adjustable and has plastic snaphooks at each end. It does not have a pad. It is most often used with our Packing Cube Shoulder Bag.

The 1" Gatekeeper Shoulder Strap is a simple and light-duty shoulder strap made of 1" nylon webbing. It is adjustable and does not have a pad. It attaches via Gatekeeper clips at each end. This strap was included with a prior iteration of the Side Kick and can currently be used with the HLTs.

The 5/8" Shoulder Strap is a simple and light-duty shoulder strap made of 5/8" nylon webbing. It is adjustable with plastic snaphooks at each end (no pad). This strap is most often used with our Side Effect3D Clear Organizer Cube, or 3D Fabric/Mesh Organizer Cube.

 

Materials

5/8 Shoulder Strap

5/8" Shoulder Strap

Side Kick Shoulder Strap

1" nylon webbing

1" Shoulder Strap

1" nylon webbing

Simple Shoulder Strap

Heavy duty plastic snaphooks with metal bail
1.5" / 38 mm nylon webbing

Standard Shoulder Strap

25" / 6mm texturized rubber pad
1.5" / 38 mm nylon webbing

Absolute Shoulder Strap

375" / 10 mm neoprene padding
Double-coated heavy duty metal snaphooks made in USA especially for TOM BIHN
1.5" / 38 mm nylon webbing

Specs

5/8" Shoulder Strap

Extends from 33" to 55" / 84 cm to 140 cm

Side Kick Shoulder Strap

Extends from 30" to 55" / 76 cm to 140 cm

1" Shoulder Strap

Extends from 32" to 57" / 81 cm to 145 cm

Simple Shoulder Strap

Extends from 42" to 56" /106 cm to 142 cm

Standard Shoulder Strap

Extends from 31.5" to 55" / 80 cm to 140 cm

Absolute Shoulder Strap

Adjusts from 20" to ~ 52" / 51 cm to 132 cm

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428 reviews
  • Claire M.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    11 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Rated 2 out of 5 stars
    Too much flex

    The shoulder strap, unlike most shoulder strap designs in the world, is a neoprene pad with two straps sewn to either side of it, instead of one strap going all the way across that is just cushioned by neoprene. This means when I'm walking with my Aeronaut, there's enough flex and stretch in the neoprene that it bounces the bag up and down with my gait instead of keeping it at one level. I also had trouble with the strap's buckles sliding so that over a long day of travel with a not particularly heavy Aeronaut, the strap slowly got longer and longer and kept having to be adjusted.

  • Jennifer S.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    4 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Rated 1 out of 5 stars
    If you're petite, think very carefully before you buy this strap!

    I have loved every other Tom Bihn product I have ever purchased, but not this shoulder strap. Let me first say that it IS an extremely comfortable strap in terms of the wonderful squishy foam padded portion. But I have 3 problems with it:

    1) This one is the biggest problem. I am petite, and I want to be able to make the strap shortish, so I can use it as a shoulder strap and have my bag hit at a comfortable position on my hip. To achieve this, I want to be able to make the total strap length (from end of clip to end of clip) about 29 inches. However, if one runs the buckles all the way up next to the padded portion on this strap (so that the strap is doubled the whole way on either side of the center foam portion), the shortest this strap gets is 40 inches. One can make the strap shorter than that by having the buckles up next to the padded foam portion and then also pulling out the strap ends beyond the buckles to remove active strap length, but then one ends up with long, flapping, loose ends of strap on either side of the foam center part, and though I tried doing that for a bit, the long, flapping strap ends were very undesirable and got in the way. So the strap is just too long for me. I guess one solution might be to sell this strap in 2 sizes--short and long, with the minimum and maximum lengths each size could go to without pulling strap beyond the buckles noted--so that depending on the person's height or how they wanted to use the strap, they could get…

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    TOM BIHN
    4 months ago

    Thanks for sharing this very detailed review with us, Jennifer! It’s super helpful for us to understand our customers perspectives. We know our one-size for all solution won’t work for everyone, and we will certainly keep your feedback in mind for the future.

  • Dan G.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Perfect

    Needed one for each of my bags. Perfect, arrived instantly.

  • Jeremy K.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Gift
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design, Comfortable
    7 months ago
    Bought For Gift
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Thoughtful Design, Comfortable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Awesome

    Work well and comfy. My friend Ben Scheiner, who has passed, was a nut for packing. I mean this guy had it down to a science. Packing cubes and everything. Tom Bihn bags were an essential part of his traveling repertoire. Tom Bihn: Approved by my friend Ben.

  • Carlton T C.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Easily Adjustable, Durable, Thoughtful Design
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Easily Adjustable, Durable, Thoughtful Design
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Extremely comfortable.

    Sturdy and well-made, the stretch of the Absolute keeps the weight of a fully-laden bag comfortable. Other duffel straps bruised my shoulders after hauling around cities and airports. Not the case here.

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