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johannes Eichstaedt
(nonBeing) - MLife

Locale: Fjäll, Himalayas
One-handed stuffsack cord locks? on 07/20/2010 17:19:22 MDT Print View

Hi everyone,

so I am trying to mod this pair of silnylon "hipsacks" which I carry behind the hipbelt pockets on either side of my SMD Comet for more hip pocket storage space. They are currently kept closed by cord that just loops through the top (like a normal stuff sack) and is then fastened with a cord lock.

Here they are:

brawny belt sack

However, it's not easy to tighten the cordlock one-handed and I have lost some gloves that way (sack not properly tightened)... I have replaced the loop with some stretch cord and ideally I would like to be able to tighten it down with one hand. The best option that I can think of are 1-handed cord locks, you know, the type that is itself attached to the little stuff sack.

Like this one here (I think):

Toaster cord lock with tie downs on 2 sides

So can you think of what the most minimalist type of cord lock is that would do the job? Where could I get it? Would you recommend 1/16" Shock Cord like zpacks is selling it to keep that sack shut? How should I fix that cord lock in place?

Your help is very much appreciated. As you can probably tell, I am a noob in MYOG matters.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: One-handed stuffsack cord locks? on 07/20/2010 19:21:44 MDT Print View

Hi Johannes

All sorts of bits and pieces of hardware and fabrics etc can be easily bought from OWFINC, Seattlefabrics, and others. They will ship overseas too. Google those names.


johannes Eichstaedt
(nonBeing) - MLife

Locale: Fjäll, Himalayas
ok. on 07/21/2010 17:36:19 MDT Print View

Hi Roger,

thank you for the suggestion. I had checked out OWFINC's website (and the others) before posting and was hoping for some advice from the experience of people who have already played around with that sort of thing in real life. Maybe my question it too trivial.



Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: ok. on 07/21/2010 20:09:56 MDT Print View

Here is exactly what you are looking for.

FECWS - with slot on each side for tie down with flat draw string Black, Desert Tan, Foliage .34 .22

Some thin webbing or drawcord to hold it to the seam and some 1mm drawcord or 1/16"shockcord. The zpacks stuff should work but will stretch a lot so almost all of the cord will be hanging off the cordlock. Should mean that it seals very well, but could have limitations i hadn't considered.


Jan Rezac
(zkoumal) - MLife

Locale: Prague, CZ
RE: One-handed stuffsack cord locks? on 07/22/2010 02:44:00 MDT Print View

You can easily use any cordlocks this way, attaching them with a loop that goes through the same hole as the drawcord. This is the way it has been done before all the special cordlocks appeared.

johannes Eichstaedt
(nonBeing) - MLife

Locale: Fjäll, Himalayas
ty on 08/10/2010 09:40:11 MDT Print View

thank you! I´ve rigged something up that looks like it might work.

Jared Dilg
(Village) - MLife

Locale: Texas
Re: RE: One-handed stuffsack cord locks? on 08/10/2010 10:23:13 MDT Print View

Yep, to echo Jan, securing the cord lock by the same cinch hole is the way to go. A lot of mil/tactical gear use the ITW Cordloc you pictured in this fashion, and in my experience it works better than using the auxiliary slots.