How to Fix Loose Backpack Straps
There's nothing worse than having loose backpack straps flopping around. They can snag onto branches, they can get annoying when they constantly swing or tap you, and they look sloppy. In this guide I'm going to show you some simple ways to fix loose backpack straps in a minute or so.
- Prep Before Adjusting Straps
- 3 Ways to Fix Loose Backpack Straps
Prep Your Pack First
The first thing that you want to do is fill the backpack to the maximum that you will ever fill it. We're doing this because we need to fit the backpack correctly before we deal with the loose straps.
Once you have identified the loose ends, take the backpack off without adjusting any of the straps. Now you can deal with the straps with loose ends.
Loose Straps Method 1: Tape
The first method for tidying up the loose ends involves using electrical tape or duct tape (which you might have to trim down with a scissor). You want to find a tape that is tough and will withstand the elements. You can spend more on a tape made for the outdoors, but I find it's easy enough to pick up electrical tape at the hardware store for under $5. At some point all the tape will deteriorate from moisture and UV, and then you just replace it. I get a decent life out of electrical tape.
Loose Straps Method 2: Velcro
This method of wrapping up loose straps is the same as the tape method, but instead we're going to use two-sided velcro, which you can also pick up in any hardware store. The velcro is good if you want to adjust the length of the straps when you're using the backpack. The downside of this method is that the velcro can get knocked off easily, especially if you are hiking through overgrown branches.
Loose Straps Method 3: Cut the Strap
If you're confident that you'll never need the extra backpack strapping, you can just cut the strap. For this method you just need some scissors and a lighter or candle.
This method only works on nylon (plastic) backpack straps. It doesn't work with cotton or natural fibers.
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This Guide Was Written by Cris Hazzard
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