Updated December 19, 2017
If you’ve ever used a backpack, you’ve likely wondered how to manage all that excess webbing hanging from the pack. If so, wonder no more. Tame dangling straps with Web Dominator. The Web Dominator is a simple strap management system consisting of a small plastic clip with a piece of elastic cord attached. Just roll the excess strap over the clip and secure it in place with the bungee-like cord. It’s brilliant.
The Web Dominator’s usefulness isn’t limited to managing straps on backpacks. Anything with excess one-inch webbing can benefit. Use it on compression straps, lifejackets, or tie-down straps on biking or camping gear. Or, use one or more as anchor points on webbing or MOLLE loops.
From the anchor points, attach external accessories such as a compass, whistle, flashlight, hydration hose, tool, rain jacket, flip flops or some other light object. The length of the cord or the position of the knot can be modified according to the size of the item or the bundle of webbing.
Easy to use
If the Web Dominator doesn’t come pre-assembled, cut the desired length of cord and knot the two free ends together. Sear the ends to prevent fraying. Pass the loop through the cord slot on the clip, and then through itself to attach the cord. Position the clip so the narrow tapered end faces outwards. This should prevent the clip from poking into your body while wearing the backpack. Then, thread the webbing through the two outside channels on the clip, and roll the excess webbing over the clip, and itself, to create a neatly rolled ball.
Another option is to fold the excess webbing back and forth on itself several times to create a small stack.
Finally, stretch the elastic keeper over the bundle of webbing to secure it in place. SnareMan has produced an excellent video demonstrating the process.
It’s a simple solution to a problem I had previously addressed with elastic bands (that broke or slipped off) and duct tape (that left behind a sticky residue). It has solved the problem of those dangling straps that posed a tripping and snagging hazard.
I used to be concerned about picking up goodness-knows-what when the straps came in contact with unhygenic surfaces. Now that issue been resolved as well.
While the Web Dominator works best on straps that rarely need to be adjusted, the clip repositions in a matter of seconds if a modification needs to be made.
The clips and cords come in matching colours – black, coyote brown, tan or foliage green. Some vendors sell clips pre-assembled, each with a fixed length of cord.
Others sell packets of clips with one long piece of cord. This allows the user to custom configure the amount of shock cord needed for each application. A longer cord allows larger items, such as a rain jacket or sleeping pad to be attached to your bag.
This is a handy little travel aid for the backpack-toting packing light traveller.
Have you tried the Web Dominator? If so, what’s your experience? What other strategies do you use to manage dangling straps?
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