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Compression Straps

What are 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 or side release buckles. Internal Frame Backpacks come with a single Compression Strap or as many as three or more Compression Straps on either side. Top loading hiking or hybrid backpacks also have Compression Straps that run down the front of the backpack that secure the top lid tight against the backpack. Top loading hiking or hybrid backpacks that have height adjustable lids, can have three to five Compression Straps holding the top lid securely to the backpack

What are Sleeping Bag Compression Straps?

Internal Frame Backpacks include vertical Sleeping Bag Compression Straps that run over the lower sleeping bag compartment. When fully packed and before zipping closed, tighten down the Sleeping Bag Compression Straps and compress the contents. The lower compartment is then easier to close and this will alleviate pressure on the zip closure, protecting the zip and preventing damage to the backpack. The Sleeping Bag Compression Straps are also long enough, to provide another means of carrying a sleeping mat securely on the outside of the backpack, a stuff sack, or even a small roll bag.


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