Our Strap Keepers are designed to be the lowest-profile and easiest to use solution out there for bundling and securing excess backpack shoulder strap webbing. They can be used with any brand of backpack that uses 1" webbing; of course, they'll work perfectly with all TOM BIHN packs. They're available in Black for most of our backpacks and also in Coyote to match Coyote trim backpacks like The Guide's Pack or Guide's Edition Synapse 25, Synik 30, or Synik 22.
It’s one of those to-may-to or to-mah-to kind of things: some folks don’t like the excess webbing from our backpack shoulder straps or waist straps and some of folks don’t even notice it.
Those of you who aren’t into the excess webbing have been asking us if we could offer a solution to wrangle it. We’ve been experimenting with different parts and options for a while now, and our Strap Keepers are by far the best option we've used. But that's us: to make sure the design we came up with would work for a majority of people, we sent a complimentary pair of Strap Keepers to a variety of customers (through our Forums; and also to those who pre-ordered a Synik 22 / 30 and received a pre-production batch bag) and asked for feedback. The feedback came back to us via email and in this thread in our Forums; overall, people liked the Strap Keepers enough that we've decided to offer them as an official design.
Here’s why we like our Strap Keepers more than the other solutions we experimented with:
- They’re low-profile with minimalist hardware.
- They’re not sewn in to the bag.
- They don’t fall off the bag even when they aren’t being used to wrangle webbing (if you install them the way we recommend; see below.)
- They can work to wrangle excess webbing on any bag (TOM BIHN or otherwise.)
- If properly used — see our photos and video above and the text description below — they don’t result in a dangly ball of strap hanging off the bag.
- It’s pretty easy to use the Strap Keepers to secure the webbing.
It’s important to secure the Strap Keeper to the length of webbing that is between where it is sewn into your backpack and the ladderlock (the buckle through which the webbing is fed). This way, if you pull on the bundled webbing, the Strap Keeper will remain attached to your pack and won’t fall off. If you use the Strap Keeper to bundle the length of webbing that extends beyond the ladderlock and hangs down to itself — resulting in a dangly ball of webbing — it, well, creates a dangly ball of webbing and, if you undo that ball of webbing, the Strap Keeper will likely fall off entirely.
- Erick V.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Versatile, Unique, Compact9 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Versatile, Unique, CompactRated 5 out of 5 starsGreat cheap purchase
Originally I bought these to use them for their intended purpose. I eventually realized that I could clip them both together and put them on the outside of my straps to create a removable glasses holder.
- Maxwell G.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Made in USA, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Compact, Thoughtful Design1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Made in USA, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Compact, Thoughtful DesignRated 5 out of 5 starsWork well!
I have them on my synik 30 and that’s my daily carry bag. No issues at all. Highly recommend
- Joshua B.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, High Quality Finishings1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, High Quality FinishingsRated 5 out of 5 starsSimple and Effective!
Like all TOM BIHN products, these little strap keepers are as clever as they are well constructed. They've held the straps in place, and I don't notice them at all in day-to-day use. They were easy to put on. Will buy these again for sure.
- Reuben R.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Sewn in USA, Compact, Unique7 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Sewn in USA, Compact, UniqueRated 5 out of 5 starsSimply does the job it's designed to do.
These strap keepers are small and simple and do what I need them to do: keep the straps in place.
- David M.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Sewn in USA, High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact, Versatile1 month agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Sewn in USA, High Quality Craftsmanship, Compact, VersatileRated 5 out of 5 starsKeepers are Keepers
I've been looking for a good set of keepers for a while now and had to wait for a re-stock on these, but they are worth the wait. Low profile and easy to use.
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