Backpack Compression Straps
Compression Straps are an essential feature of an Internal Frame
Backpack and allow you to compress the backpack around loaded equipment
to provide a tight and stable load. When there is not enough equipment
in the backpack to fill it to maximum capacity, the Compression
Straps close up that extra space preventing undesirable load sway,
or pack float. Compression Straps are located on both sides of the
backpack and usually comprise of 25 mm or 1” webbing straps, ladder
lock buckles, side release buckles, or a combination these buckles.
Backpacks come with as many as three or more Compression Straps
on either side, with top loading hiking or hybrid backpacks also
having two (2) Compression Straps that run down the front of the
backpack that secure the top lid tight against the backpack. These
top loading hiking or hybrid backpacks can also have height adjustable
lids, and can have three to five Compression Straps holding the
top lid securely to the backpack.
Sleeping Bag Compression Straps are vertical straps that run
over the lower sleeping bag compartment. When fully packed and before
zipping closed, tighten down the Sleeping Bag Compression Straps
to provide a stable base for the upper compartment contents. This
will alleviate pressure on the zip closure, protect the zipper from
stress damage, and allow for easier closing of the lower compartment,.
The Sleeping Bag Compression Straps should also be long enough to
provide horizontal attachment of a sleeping mat, sleeping bag, stuff
sack, or even a small roll bag.
Internal Compression Straps provide for the compression of the
internal load allowing for easier closure of a fully loaded backpack
and work in conjunction with the External Compression Straps.