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Old 06-16-2009, 05:50 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by DRONE
I agree, but how would I do that? Don't own a sewing machine, much less one able to sew heavy vinyl-backed cordura. I'm a lifelong backpacker and pretty clever with straps and coming up with my own whizbang mods to some of the packs and tents I've owned, but I avoid sewing. When I really really had to, I used a speedy sewing awl. I have a boxful of fastex tri-glides, d-rings, buckles and the like but don't see how they could be used in this situation. Got a specific way to do this?
Hmm...Off the top of my head, not without sewing. I've used the awl too, or just a big upholstery needle and thread. Simplest seems to be to just attach some double-D rings to the 'loop' side, near the bottom, thread the 'hook' straps through, cinch, and then use the velcro as an added measure.

What about just putting some straps around the whole load, cinching through the rack? Makes access more difficult, but should hold everything together.
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