Loops on bottom of packs - what for?
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Yuri R
(Yazon) - F
Loops on bottom of packs - what for? on 05/02/2012 11:10:57 MDT Print View

Anyone can tell me what those loops on the bottom of the packs are for? Similar, but smaller loops can be found on GoLite Jam and others.

I can't see when and where they would come in handy. They are too far from torso to use for attaching sleeping bag or mat.

http://www.rei.com/media/zz/400b5da9-cbdd-49a8-b661-59fcc4c7e8d5.jpg

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
ice axe loops on 05/02/2012 11:13:54 MDT Print View

thems ice axe loops. handy for trekin poles sometimes too.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: Loops on bottom of packs - what for? on 05/02/2012 11:14:26 MDT Print View

holding trekking poles or ice axe

you can see here

http://sectionhiker.com/how-to-attach-an-ice-axe-to-a-backpack/

Edited by annapurna on 05/02/2012 11:18:25 MDT.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Loops on bottom of packs - what for? on 05/02/2012 11:20:39 MDT Print View

Short roping small children or drunk or otherwise slow partners like Adan Lopez.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Short roping yer partner on 05/02/2012 11:32:07 MDT Print View

Thats it Wizner. You asked fer it. Me and yous gonna have to settle this mano a mano. I propose a race. Once i get all healed up and my guts sewed up tight, i wanna race you up baldy. drunk. Loser gets them there loops named after them. "Craig Loops", has a nice ring to it if you ask me.

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: ice axe loops on 05/02/2012 12:08:12 MDT Print View

The recommended approach to securing an ice axe works well for trekking poles, too.

I have used the ice axe loops for securing a tripod on occasion as well, though lately I've been using one of the bottle pouches and the compression straps along that side of the pack instead.

Mike W
(rcmike) - MLife

Locale: California
Adventure racing harness loops on 05/02/2012 13:01:06 MDT Print View

Some packs have a small loop centered on the bottom of the pack for adventure racing tow harnesses.

http://www.wegoteamlink.com/default.asp

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Loops on bottom of packs - what for?" on 05/02/2012 13:42:52 MDT Print View

So it's not for clipping my Nalgene bottle and carabiner to?

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: "Loops on bottom of packs - what for?" on 05/02/2012 14:02:07 MDT Print View

^^^ It's funny because I see that all the time.

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
Water Bottle for your biner on 05/02/2012 14:08:51 MDT Print View

:)

Water Bottle

Jack Elliott
(JackElliott) - F

Locale: Bend, Oregon, USA
Ice Ax Loop for Trekking Poles? on 05/02/2012 15:28:40 MDT Print View

Um, I'm probably overlooking something here. It seems to be that, unlike an ice ax, which has a nice hefty head, trekking poles have no such thing, so the best a fellow can do is just pass his poles through that lower loop then figure out some way to keep them from sliding through and out?

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Ice Ax Loop for Trekking Poles? on 05/02/2012 15:34:46 MDT Print View

Pass just the tip through the loop. Keep the scree basket ABOVE the loop
Twist the pole 360°, closing the loop around the pole tip.
Secure the pole handle towards the top of the pack.
The scree basket on the pole will keep the pole from sliding down and out of the loop

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Ice Ax Loop for Trekking Poles? on 05/02/2012 15:38:14 MDT Print View

Jack, twist it until the loop is tight. It helps to put the loop around the cup or handle.

Jack Elliott
(JackElliott) - F

Locale: Bend, Oregon, USA
Scree Basket? Oh, Dear on 05/02/2012 15:39:07 MDT Print View

Well yeah, if I'd thought to keep the scree baskets on my trekking poles I would not have thought to ask the question.

[starts digging around in gear closet, wondering if he threw them out . . . ]

Edit: But wait -- Eugene provides the answer for those of us who have been left bereft of our scree baskets.

Edited by JackElliott on 05/02/2012 16:11:33 MDT.

Rakesh Malik
(Tamerlin)

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Scree Basket? Oh, Dear on 05/02/2012 16:14:33 MDT Print View

If your trekking poles are long enough, just a twist or two in the ice axe loops should do the trick even without the baskets, most likely, as long as you secure the top reasonably well.

Rob Vandiver
(ShortBus) - M

Locale: So Cal
Re: Short roping yer partner on 05/02/2012 16:22:53 MDT Print View

"Adan Loopez" works too.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Ice Ax Loop for Trekking Poles? on 05/02/2012 16:41:07 MDT Print View

"Pass just the tip through the loop. Keep the scree basket ABOVE the loop
Twist the pole 360°, closing the loop around the pole tip.
Secure the pole handle towards the top of the pack.
The scree basket on the pole will keep the pole from sliding down and out of the loop"

+1 SOP.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
or perhaps UL pack dreamcatchers? on 05/02/2012 16:52:17 MDT Print View

I think I will turn my loops into fanciful dangling dreamcatchers now that clipping my Nalgene is inappropriate. I sure will miss that bottle whacking me in the back of my legs with every stride. ;-p

I'll post the Dreamcatcher tutorial in the MYOG thread if anyone wants to follow.

Anyone?

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: or perhaps UL pack dreamcatchers? on 05/02/2012 17:05:23 MDT Print View

I though the bear bell hangs there... now I have to rethink the whole rig.

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
pack bottom loops on 05/03/2012 22:46:38 MDT Print View

Don't believe that ice axe stuff. They're for guying yourself out so you won't get blown over in high winds. Be sure to use strong stakes, though.