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How should I deal with these straps? Considering pinning them up with safety pins or cutting them off. Only hopped once before and that was with a crap little shoulder bag. There's more on the front, too. More worried about those because I don't want the hip belt getting caught on a train

also sorry if this is in wrong section, couldn't decide between here or trainhopping
 

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This is going to be pretty unhelpful, but they make a thing for that. I just can't remember the name. Little elastic bands. You roll the strap up and put the band on it. They cost like nothing.
 
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This is going to be pretty unhelpful, but they make a thing for that. I just can't remember the name. Little elastic bands. You roll the strap up and put the band on it. They cost like nothing.
that's actually pretty helpful, i've got a bunch of hair bands i can use for that
 

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expired life raft first aid kit, i took the useful stuff out and now use it as waterproof/food storage. it's got 2 cylinders in it
Get a stuff sack instead. Way less bulky and lighter, plus you won't have to worry about it cracking or popping and becoming not water proof. Keep yer food inside yer pack, that bottom strap makes a real good place for yer sleeping bag and tarp/tent/whatever yer sleeping in or on.
 

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There was an old engineer that used to sneak up behind new conductors and he'd cut their hammer loop off their Carhartts. He nearly got me when I was new, I felt a tugging on my leg and turned and jerked away from him as that's just instinctively what I'd do anytime someone is that close to me with a knife.

He went on to tell me how dangerous they are and about the one time he nearly got mangled by a train passing by when a cutting lever grabbed hold of his hammer loop. Long anecdote but I mention it because even though I preferred to keep my loop, I valued his warning. Anything you have hanging off you can definitely be a safety hazard around trains.

I'd figure out which ones you'll need and which ones are useless to you. Remove the useless ones and manage the others with the various recommendations above.
 

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If you’re trying to be stealthy while riding a train, that container sure doesn’t fit the bill. Can’t you at least scuff it up with some sandpaper and paint it black?

Try Exped Strap Tidies, video on Youtube.
 
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I think I'd lose that thing all together. Seems like unnecessary weight for one thing. Then the color, they paint marine bouys that same color for a reason. This last trip we were in plain view inside a half filled gondola for every train we met or passed. I imagine if we had safety orange gear we might actually have been seen but we didn't and we weren't. You... don't want to be seen, right?
 

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I carry a roll of gardening Velcro along anytime I'm on the road. It is lightweight, cheap, weatherproof, and green. I love green things. Comes in a big roll 1/2" wide and you just rip it to length as needed. Should work great for tying up your loose ends, and then some.

 

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How should I deal with these straps? Considering pinning them up with safety pins or cutting them off. Only hopped once before and that was with a crap little shoulder bag. There's more on the front, too. More worried about those because I don't want the hip belt getting caught on a train

also sorry if this is in wrong section, couldn't decide between here or trainhopping
You can cut pieces of a skinny bicycle tire inner tube (old discarded ones at bike shops are great) and make excellent elastic bands to hold the straps rolled up.
 

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“You can cut pieces of a skinny bicycle tire inner tube (old discarded ones at bike shops are great) and make excellent elastic bands to hold the straps rolled up.”

AKA Ranger Bands, and commercially available in many sizes.

“Electrical tape works pretty well for this, too!”

That shit has glue that quickly gets real gooey and sticky in the sun, and does not lend itself to frequently opening or adjusting your pack.
 

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“You can cut pieces of a skinny bicycle tire inner tube (old discarded ones at bike shops are great) and make excellent elastic bands to hold the straps rolled up.”

AKA Ranger Bands, and commercially available in many sizes.

“Electrical tape works pretty well for this, too!”

That shit has glue that quickly gets real gooey and sticky in the sun, and does not lend itself to frequently opening or adjusting your pack.
Yeah that's what I was trying to remember - they're called "Ranger bands". Tape is the worst, as the glue will migrate all over the fabric! I made that mistake before and got lucky acetone didn't ruin the fabric.
 

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If you are camping in an area with wildlife like bears or Mountain lions - AND you’ve got room - AND you can stand the additional weight - you can get a “bear vault” to contain your food, stashing it away from where you are sleeping. Those are, I think water and scent(?) proof, and can be had in less obnoxious colors.
 

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I just tuck em in somewhere if theyre too dangly or tie em together like shoelaces. If youre close enough to a moving train to get snagged youre way too close. If youre bailing on the fly wearing your pack youre fuckin doing it wrong. I guess it could snag if you toss it but you should take a second to make sure everything is snug and youre good to go first anyway.
If its thr loose ends of shoulder straps just wrap em around a few times theyll stay put. I tuck the bottom straps into the part holding my sleeping bag. Pretty straight forward solutions.
 

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There was an old engineer that used to sneak up behind new conductors and he'd cut their hammer loop off their Carhartts. He nearly got me when I was new, I felt a tugging on my leg and turned and jerked away from him as that's just instinctively what I'd do anytime someone is that close to me with a knife.

He went on to tell me how dangerous they are and about the one time he nearly got mangled by a train passing by when a cutting lever grabbed hold of his hammer loop. Long anecdote but I mention it because even though I preferred to keep my loop, I valued his warning. Anything you have hanging off you can definitely be a safety hazard around trains.

I'd figure out which ones you'll need and which ones are useless to you. Remove the useless ones and manage the others with the various recommendations above.

HAHA! I remember working at the Roseville shop. Safety rule required us to cut the hammer loop off. For good reason, as a mechanic you really NEVER use that thing, but now I dont work there and here I am building a house, and I cant put my hammer there!
 

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