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"Y-strap" on backpack

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by downtown, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. downtown

    downtown Loaded Pockets

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    The last two backpacks I've had both have a top Y-strap on them. Just curious if there is a dedicated purpose for this strap? Here is a pic of it in case you're not sure what I'm talking about. Thanks in advance.
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  2. sc00ts

    sc00ts Loaded Pockets

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    I believe they serve the same purpose as the side straps; too cinch down on a loaded pack. This will reduce the size of the pack as well as relieve strain on the zippers.


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  3. Flashman

    Flashman Loaded Pockets

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    I think it also helps to keep your pack from sagging down into a triangle in a partially loaded pack.
     
  4. downtown

    downtown Loaded Pockets

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  5. Moco

    Moco Loaded Pockets

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    i have used mine to hold extra gear sometimes too, not really sure if thats what its there for.
     
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  6. Roguetrooper

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    Useful for stashing jackets/rope coils
     
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  7. gearheavy

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    The Y strap is a compression strap that's also used for securing gear. I use it to secure things like a jacket, wet/muddy gear that I don't want to put in the pack like gaiters/microspikes/crampons/dirty shoes, ice axe, wood axe, even a bike helmet.
     
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