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Hiking A-Frame and my breaks keep poking me in the back

post #1 of 9
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Hey guys,

I just got my self a new pack - The Camelbak Phantom 20. 

I love it but the issue only issue i have with it is when I'm pack my ski's into it in an A-Frame configuration my breaks arms sit on the inner side of the back pad, (between me and the pack it self when i have it on) and they and poke me in the back. does anyone have a solution to prevent this? Is there an easy way or little gizmo or gadget to keep breaks collapsed?

Thanks, J 


I'll try to post pictures if my description isnt clear 

post #2 of 9

To keep the brakes collapsed you can use rubber bands--they're sold for that purpose or you can cut them out of an old bike tire (i'm told--still trying to figure out the best way to do that. They keep breaking on me.)

I prefer diagonal carry myself--if you're kicking steps or cramponing up something steep sometimes you're leaning forward enough with an A frame for the pack to shift up or even have the tips hitting the snow. With diagonal the weight is a little lower. As far as the skis getting stuck in the woods I think it's about the same either way.

post #3 of 9

You can also use your old LiveStrong rubber bracelets.

post #4 of 9
I use a couple of connected cable ties as brake retainers.
post #5 of 9

WristStrong works too.

post #6 of 9

Next time you're grocery shopping, ask the produce guy or gal for a couple of red rubber bands they use to bunch broccoli.

 

Perfectly sized, and really tough.

post #7 of 9

Staples office store sells bags of big rubber bands for a few bucks. I use two per ski to hold the brakes in place.

 

 

http://www.staples.com/Staples-Economy-Rubber-Bands-Size-84/product_831636?externalize=certona

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You can also use your old LiveStrong rubber bracelets.

 

^^^ This.  In fact any of those bracelets.  They're the perfect things.

post #9 of 9

 Motorcycle tire tube. I get an old one for free at cycle shop just for asking. Cut any width rubber band you want using sharp scissors. 3/4" wide for ski brakes.  1001 other household uses. I do the same with a bicycle tube for smaller rubber bands to hold things.

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