Find yourself constantly adjusting your shoulder straps, particularly on one side? Learn why this happens, and how to solve it!

Side note: This webbing slip usually happens from picking bags up via the shoulder straps. Usually the shoulder strap you pick up comes undone the most. (We highly recommend picking your pack up via the carry handle to reduce this happening). It also tends to happen to bags which are very light as it doesn’t develop “memory.” Whats memory I hear you ask? Watch or read up below to learn!

Dave here from BOgear and a couple of people have been emailing me and mentioned that their shoulder straps on their backpacks – more noticeably on one side – slowly comes undone or slowly slips undone, while the other one doesn’t and it is a little bit annoying. When the bags come out of the studio, we have implemented a little d-ring in the adjustable strap system and that is because the webbing has a little more tooth than standard and without that d-ring it would be very very stiff and very tight and hard to adjust the length of your bag. Putting the d-ring in gives it a little bit extra for it to slide along and also gives it a quick release feature to be able to lengthen your bag very quickly. You can also use this d-ring to walk it up and walk it down for ease of adjustment.

This slipping can occur on brand new bags but doesn’t happen to all of them. Once a bag is a little bit older and there is a little bit of memory in the webbing itself, this won’t happen any more. Memory is a little “kink” in the webbing, from where it has passed through the buckle and likes to sit. Memory happens by putting weight in your bag, putting it on and pushing down on the little triangles. Doing so puts a little bit of memory in the webbing, giving it that little kink so it won’t slide up and down all by itself.

The other way to solve it is to use the webbing ends. This was discussed in a previous post, but these webbing ends can be rolled up and down. So what you can do is roll it up to the height you know is perfect, and do it up; that way it will never come undone, and never adjust or loosen accidentally. It does mean you can’t manually loosen the bag, but it won’t loosen on you while you are wearing it.

The final way to solve this issue is to remove the d-ring from the system. We don’t recommend it because there is a lot of tooth (or grip) to the webbing and it will be a lot more stiff to adjust. But if you need to, you can remove the d-ring from the system entirely; you can’t unweave the webbing through the system because of the webbing ends but what you can do is get a pair of pliers and cut that d-ring and remove it completely.

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