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(Slate)   A look at how one-strapping, once the accepted norm for all but the most miserable social outcasts, has now been almost completely replaced by two-strapping -- which was itself pushed aside by one-strapping in the first place. Circle of life, baby   (slate.com) divider line 114
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2013-11-01 09:02:27 AM
Pfft.  I use a tumpline.  You probably never heard of it.
 
2013-11-01 09:03:01 AM
I'm waiting for pegged jeans and dangling suspenders to make their comeback. I'm ready, baby.
 
2013-11-01 09:08:53 AM
Puh! I have a ruck-sack with a third one that goes across the forehead! (Plus I'm Canuckian)
How cool is THAT?
 
2013-11-01 09:14:12 AM
"Oh my god, are you two-strapping ?"

/Severely underrated movie
 
2013-11-01 09:14:16 AM
Bow to your master:

www.canadianpickers.com
 
2013-11-01 09:15:25 AM
What the ?

Fark could at least NOT post when it decides to throw away your picture.

/was supposed to be a screenshot of the "21 Jump Street movie"
 
2013-11-01 09:16:33 AM
Disappointed...I thought this was a BDSM article
 
2013-11-01 09:17:33 AM

padraig: What the ?

Fark could at least NOT post when it decides to throw away your picture.

/was supposed to be a screenshot of the "21 Jump Street movie"


That's what preview is for. Always use it when dealing with pics.
 
2013-11-01 09:18:24 AM
I've always been completely mystified by one-strapping. It defeats the entire purpose of wearing a backpack in the first place.
 
2013-11-01 09:19:36 AM
I'm a child of the 90s, and even I have switched to two straps for my back's sake. Though I hate how hot it makes my back.
 
2013-11-01 09:21:18 AM

Rincewind53: I'm a child of the 90s, and even I have switched to two straps for my back's sake. Though I hate how hot it makes my back.


...

Makes your back.....what?
 
2013-11-01 09:21:47 AM
Wait, this is a thing people are actually concerned about?  I wear a backpack because I need an easy way to carry my laptop, and all the other crap I bring on the train.  Why the fark would I then want to hang it by one strap?  Style?  You've got to be shiatting me.
 
2013-11-01 09:22:29 AM

baconbeard: Bow to your master:

[www.canadianpickers.com image 850x566]


ya, we ALL had one of those in grade school. garbage.

/someone wrote an article about this? it really is the end of civilization.
 
2013-11-01 09:22:51 AM

sigdiamond2000


I've always been completely mystified by one-strapping. It defeats the entire purpose of wearing a backpack in the first place.


Unless the whole purpose is "to carry a bunch of disparate and/or awkward objects in a single vessel while leaving both hands free".
 
2013-11-01 09:23:40 AM

baconbeard: Bow to your master:

[www.canadianpickers.com image 850x566]


I haven't seen one of those in YEEEEEEEEEARS!

*eyes glisten with reminiscent tears*
 
2013-11-01 09:23:58 AM
I just want to say I'm going to nut punch the next guy that wears a backpack to a standing room only conference. Not only does it make them twice as big it also makes them lose all sense of space as they wack people with it.
 
2013-11-01 09:25:25 AM

Hack Patooey: Wait, this is a thing people are actually concerned about?  I wear a backpack because I need an easy way to carry my laptop, and all the other crap I bring on the train.  Why the fark would I then want to hang it by one strap?  Style?  You've got to be shiatting me.


This just in: High school students do many things that make no sense outside of a social context.
 
2013-11-01 09:25:42 AM
If I only use one strap, won't my left nut hang out?

/DNRTFA
 
2013-11-01 09:25:55 AM
1-Strapping does have one advantage: You don't have to do the Humpty Dance trying to get the backpack off.

/1S4L, 1-Strapper 4 Life
 
2013-11-01 09:28:47 AM
Not really mentioned in the article, but I distinctly remember my backpack weighing up to 35lbs some years. One-strapping isn't feasible when you're weighed down by classwork.
 
2013-11-01 09:29:07 AM
I'm more interested in the rise of rolling luggage in high schools.  Thankfully, digital textbooks are killing that stupid trend.
 
2013-11-01 09:29:22 AM

Rincewind53: I'm a child of the 90s, and even I have switched to two straps for my back's sake. Though I hate how hot it makes my back.


Try getting a more backpacking-oriented backpack at a camping goods store.  Costs a bit more, but many of them manage to get the pack off the flat of your back by re-orienting how the straps are angled. So the pack bows out a bit from your back to let air in, without the pack's weight distribution feeling awkward.
 
2013-11-01 09:29:26 AM
Came for the 21 Jump Street reference, padraig did not disappoint me

/Child of the late 80s early 90s
//Used to one-strap
///Two-strap now, because it has 2 for a reason
 
2013-11-01 09:30:08 AM
This was a really important article I'm glad I didn't read it.
 
2013-11-01 09:32:38 AM
Good find submitter.  Worth a few chuckles.

//One strapping class of '88
 
2013-11-01 09:32:45 AM
I'll bet the author of the article cries themselves to sleep every night.
 
2013-11-01 09:34:17 AM
Joseph, Christ, and Mary.

If you are so vapid and so stupid that how you hold your backpack is a farking fashion statement, you really should just be removed from the gene pool for the good of the species.
 
2013-11-01 09:34:21 AM
I never had a backpack in high school; I kept my books in my locker and just didn't need a backpack.

In college, however, I one-strapped. Still do, when I have any need to carry a backpack.
 
2013-11-01 09:35:42 AM

lelio: I just want to say I'm going to nut punch the next guy that wears a backpack to a standing room only conference

in a packed train car. Not only does it make them twice as big it also makes them lose all sense of space as they wack people with it.

Those farkers I deal with all the time. I put my bag between my feet when the car is getting full.
 
2013-11-01 09:38:36 AM

tricycleracer: I'm more interested in the rise of rolling luggage


Another thing that completely mystifies me. I realize it's helpful when you're traveling with heavy luggage, but in the office setting, I cannot fathom how dragging your f*cking laptop behind you is easier than carrying it.
 
2013-11-01 09:39:47 AM

the_rev: I never had a backpack in high school; I kept my books in my locker and just didn't need a backpack.

In college, however, I one-strapped. Still do, when I have any need to carry a backpack.


While I believe I had a locker in high school, I don't believe I ever opened it.  We had three minutes bell to bell to get from one class to the next, and when my locker was in one corner of the building and my classes at two other corners there was just no time to make it to the locker, switch out books, and make it to the next class.

By my senior year I was just using a duffle bag to carry everything I needed for the full day.
 
2013-11-01 09:40:57 AM
http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/classic-messenger-bag/1419876

I use one of these. Have for years. Way more comfy to me than a backpack, and allows me to carry a book and my glasses when I'm puttering around town, but have enough space to tote anything I buy home.

Note I only use it in conjunction with my motorcycle, so the size and waterproof (and reflectivity, I got the glass beads material) were important. I just like the satchel style and backpacks are less comfortable for me at this point. Normally carry just 1-2 lbs of stuff in it, and have a strap pad anyway.

I recommend those bags to anyone. I've had 5+ and all lasted me years of hard use.
 
2013-11-01 09:41:02 AM

Rincewind53: I'm a child of the 90s, and even I have switched to two straps for my back's sake. Though I hate how hot it makes my back.


Get a pack that can hold an integrated "camel back" type water bladder, and fill it with ice water.

My pack has such an ability, but I never bothered to get a bladder for it.  I use my old army canteen on my old army belt instead when I need to take portable potable water with me.
 
2013-11-01 09:42:11 AM
I carried a briefcase, while sneering at the peasants and their rucksacks.
 
2013-11-01 09:46:37 AM

Cheeseface: Not really mentioned in the article, but I distinctly remember my backpack weighing up to 35lbs some years. One-strapping isn't feasible when you're weighed down by classwork.


tricycleracer: I'm more interested in the rise of rolling luggage in high schools.  Thankfully, digital textbooks are killing that stupid trend.


As I was going through school the number of books you needed to carry seemed to have increased a lot.  I remember older people commented on it and some parents began buying rolling luggage because it was difficult for smaller kids to carry 30-40 pounds (I actually weighed my backpack in 6th grade and it was over 30 pounds) of books.  I wonder if there was some sort of upshift in textbook number (or maybe just that they were carried by students rather than kept in the classroom) that corresponds to kids having to wear their backpacks as designed because it hurt otherwise.  I always did, but I can't comment on coolness or lack thereof because I was a complete nerd.
 
2013-11-01 09:47:13 AM
Two strapping is fine if you are actually hiking. In the days of onestrapping, the pack contained maybe three textbooks and your stash. Not really a backbreaking load.

Hell, I used a bookstrap as a kid, so who knows.

/old
 
2013-11-01 09:47:56 AM

rumpelstiltskin: I carried a briefcase, while sneering at the peasants and their rucksacks.


I read that as "nutsacks" the first time around, which made me wonder...
 
2013-11-01 09:50:11 AM

Hack Patooey: Wait, this is a thing people are actually concerned about?  I wear a backpack because I need an easy way to carry my laptop, and all the other crap I bring on the train.  Why the fark would I then want to hang it by one strap?  Style?  You've got to be shiatting me.


fine, but if the train is crowded take your farking backpack off, or I'm going to push you over as hard as I can.
 
2013-11-01 09:52:29 AM

PrincessZorra: Rincewind53: I'm a child of the 90s, and even I have switched to two straps for my back's sake. Though I hate how hot it makes my back.

Try getting a more backpacking-oriented backpack at a camping goods store.  Costs a bit more, but many of them manage to get the pack off the flat of your back by re-orienting how the straps are angled. So the pack bows out a bit from your back to let air in, without the pack's weight distribution feeling awkward.


Thanks.  I'm in the same boat as Rincewind53, only I'm a child of the 80's instead of the 90's.  I'll look for that too, provided I can find something that is convenient at airports.
 
2013-11-01 09:55:13 AM

Jack's Smirking Revenge: PrincessZorra: Rincewind53: I'm a child of the 90s, and even I have switched to two straps for my back's sake. Though I hate how hot it makes my back.

Try getting a more backpacking-oriented backpack at a camping goods store.  Costs a bit more, but many of them manage to get the pack off the flat of your back by re-orienting how the straps are angled. So the pack bows out a bit from your back to let air in, without the pack's weight distribution feeling awkward.

Thanks.  I'm in the same boat as Rincewind53, only I'm a child of the 80's instead of the 90's.  I'll look for that too, provided I can find something that is convenient at airports.


Although we still don't know what it makes his back as.
 
2013-11-01 09:55:24 AM
The straps on my backpack were held together precariously by duct tape and hope.  Trying to support that load with a single trap would have been foolish.
 
2013-11-01 09:55:28 AM
Started highschool 1992 - everyone HAD to HAVE one of these.  You could lengthen your one strap and unbuckle the other so you couldn't 2-strap even if you WANTED to.
www.chaosbrothersstore.com
 
2013-11-01 09:56:25 AM
One strap for short distances and getting on/off airplanes, two straps for distance....

I've had my green MEI backpack for about 15 years, been all over the world, done all kinds of things, traveled at least a million miles, rode on my bike for 20,000 miles.

Its zippers are falling apart now, I'm stiching them up in places, trying to get the pack through to The End, when I retire in the spring and cease my endless traveling. Might give the backpack a Viking funeral...
 
2013-11-01 09:56:47 AM
No idea what the headline was referring to until I clicked the article, and then I went "Ohhhhh!"

Class of 97, there was no option but one-strapping. I was informed of this mockingly some friends when I showed up on the first day of 6th grade proudly two-strapping, as I had done all through elementary. I was quietly confused as to which memo I'd been excluded from but silently fell in with the one-strapping ranks.

/still didn't get laid in high school
 
2013-11-01 09:57:22 AM
I'm a GenXer.  Used to one strap, and still generally do.  However if I have too much weight in the pack, I will two strap for the sake of comfort.

Next topic:  For bike commuting, one pannier for simplicity, or two for better balance?
 
2013-11-01 09:59:02 AM
Oh yeah:  are we counding messenger bags as packs?  a.tgcdn.net
 
2013-11-01 09:59:17 AM
oh high school and this type of bullsh*t, how I don't miss you.

/2 straps always
 
2013-11-01 10:00:28 AM

Smoking GNU: Jack's Smirking Revenge: PrincessZorra: Rincewind53: I'm a child of the 90s, and even I have switched to two straps for my back's sake. Though I hate how hot it makes my back.

Try getting a more backpacking-oriented backpack at a camping goods store.  Costs a bit more, but many of them manage to get the pack off the flat of your back by re-orienting how the straps are angled. So the pack bows out a bit from your back to let air in, without the pack's weight distribution feeling awkward.

Thanks.  I'm in the same boat as Rincewind53, only I'm a child of the 80's instead of the 90's.  I'll look for that too, provided I can find something that is convenient at airports.

Although we still don't know what it makes his back as.


"I hate how hot it makes my back" is arguably grammatically correct, though I admit "I hate how it makes my back hot" would have been better phrased.
 
2013-11-01 10:02:05 AM

Cheeseface: Not really mentioned in the article, but I distinctly remember my backpack weighing up to 35lbs some years. One-strapping isn't feasible when you're weighed down by classwork.


Yes it was. You just built up really strong shoulder muscles.
 
2013-11-01 10:02:26 AM
i walked to and from school 2 miles each way. when youre carrying calculus books and 3-4 other ones, one-strapping is about as dumb as solar-powered flashlight.
 
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