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Webbing (Strapping)

Paccana is a webbing supplier for quality webbing in Canada and the United States. So our featured product for June is webbing. Many manufacturers of backpacks and other camping gear need to purchase quality webbing and Paccana has an excellent selection. Below is a useful article which describes a specialized form of webbing called compression webbing used in backpacks and other camping gear.

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Webbing/Compression Webbing Straps

compression straps

Compressed Webbing Strap

Compression webbing straps are the most standard straps on internal frames backpacks. These kind of straps let you compress the size of the pack to create a compact package that is easier to handle. A good pack will need to be able to contort for those hot summer trips or those colder fall or spring trips, where you'll need to bring more stuff to keep warm. A pack can have a crazy three compression straps or a frugal one strap, depending on the kind of pack you get. There are many types of compression packs but they all basically go off the same theory. All compression straps are made from an intertwined fabric called webbing.

Sleeping Bag Webbing Compression Straps

Sometimes manufacturers include compression straps made from webbing and buckles that are used for the sleeping bag part of the pack. We all know how much of a pain it is to stuff sleeping bags, these straps attached when the bag is stuffed some of the way into the pack make it easier to tighten. This is especially nice in the winter when the bags are huge and the stuffing is noticeably more difficult. Or if you need to pack a tent, they can also go in the sleeping bag compartment.

Sternum Webbing Straps

In order to help carrying your load a lot of packs include sternum straps. These run across your sternum or chest and attach to the two side straps. They help take the pressure off your shoulders and pack, making your load easier to carry. Your range of motion will also be improved when on your backpacking trip or beautiful hike, especially if the terrain is rough or difficult to maneuver.

Articulated Straps

More sophisticated packs have straps for your shoulders that are better designed for the human body. They have a built in curvature that is more natural for how it goes over the shoulder and down the side of the body. These designs are more comfortable normally because of their better more natural design.

Webbing for Load Stabilization Straps

These straps, which run from the peak of the shoulder strap up to a point that is near the middle of the head, allow you to adjust the length between your pack and your back. Depending on how you are hiking or backpacking, a hiker will need to adjust their pack accordingly. Uphill it is good to have the pack close to your body. While skipping, hopping or walking downhill you can adjust it to allow the center of gravity to be near the torso. You can also get straps that attach to the bag compartment which prevent swinging from the bottom of the pack.

Next month we will discuss other fabrics used in backpacks.