New: Strap Keepers

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.

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 / Synik 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.

Strap Keepers. $5 for a pair of two.

NOTE: If you pre-ordered a Synik, don’t order a pair of Strap Keepers! Why? Because we’re going to include a pair at no charge with your bag when it ships.


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  1. Will on 17 October 2019 4:41 pm at 4:41 pm

    woot you finally made it. I think about this EVERY DAY and Tom’s comment on “trying to find a way to do this well” in the forums. It’s been years haha.

    I made some that work ok and very similar but which do not have the buckle, so i can’t make them tighter as the elastic wears out. Yours seems like a slightly better design, so that goes into my shopping cart.

    Thanks Tom & all !

    • mm TB Crew on 18 October 2019 5:15 am at 5:15 am

      “It’s been years haha.” I know, right?! And then we came up with this idea in a short amount of time. Go figure. 🙂 Hope the Strap Keepers work out for you… let us know!

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