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  • WhiteStar
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    The revelation that I have in the past carried curved strap bags "the wrong way" has made a huge difference in how comfortable they are to carry. I always positioned the curve so the inner edge was towards my neck. I still do so when carrying cross-body (otherwise it cuts into my neck) but now when carrying on a single shoulder I postiion it the opposite way. SO MUCH EASIER to shoulder the weight and keep it on my shoulder.

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  • malamalama
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    As always, whatever works best or feels better for you.

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  • dorayme
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    I now will have to experiment with my strap as I am confused. . .

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  • malamalama
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    Originally posted by dorayme View Post
    Verysimple, for curved straps, I'm assuming the shorter side is towards the bag when you carry cross body, but when it is not cross body and on the same shoulder as the bag, shouldn't the short side be facing towards you?
    dorayme. See my post #7 above. The easiest way to think of this is when carrying on the same shoulder, the bag does not hang perpendicular or straight down from the shoulder. It hangs a little away from the body due to the hips. If you hold the strap ends of the curved strap straight up and down in front of you, you'll see that the top of the strap is not parallel to the ground like a straight strap would be. If you then angle the strap so the top is parallel to the ground, you'll see how the bag will naturally hang a little towards the shorter end. Having said that, I'm all for whatever feels more comfortable and agree with your cross body carry thoughts.

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  • dorayme
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    Verysimple, for curved straps, I'm assuming the shorter side is towards the bag when you carry cross body, but when it is not cross body and on the same shoulder as the bag, shouldn't the short side be facing towards you?

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  • verysimple
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    As onebag.com writes:

    A wider strap (at least the part that is in contact with your shoulder) is more comfortable than a narrower one. Adjust the length such that the bag doesn't hang below your waist. And, periodically, move the bag to the opposite shoulder.
    Passing the strap over your head, messenger style, to rest on the shoulder further from the bag, is easier on your back (I know, it looks a bit dorky, so you probably won't do it, but it is the better choice).
    If you're using a curved strap (like newer versions of Bihn's "Absolute Shoulder Strap"), appreciate that there is a right and a wrong way to deploy such a design. So if you want to look like you know what you're doing (and I see plenty of travellers who don't), position the strap such that the concave side (the shorter one) is closer to the bag.

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  • lonestar6
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    Originally posted by kcarroll55 View Post
    Does anyone else have a problem with the Absolute Strap being too "bouncy"? Or am I somehow using it wrong? When I sling it on one shoulder (or both for that matter), the "bounce" seems out of rhythm with my walk and throws off my stride and I end up breathless. Am I wearing it too long - or too short? Any ideas?
    I have had an absolute strap for a whole week, so I am still getting used to it. The bounce was a little confusing at first but I played with the length and carry position ( more towards the back than the side) and that helped alot. I carry a little higher than most, and also notice the bounce is less noticeable with a cross body carry. Of course your mileage may vary, but this is what is working for me.

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  • TXGirl
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    I've thought about this too. I find it more comfortable though the outside of the curve outwards towards my shoulder.

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  • Lani
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    Curved portion towards my neck when wearing the bag as a regular shoulder bag. It lets me "shoulder" more weight for the bag towards my shoulder muscles.

    HOWEVER, when wearing a bag cross-body style, I switch, so that the strap curves around my neck like a horse collar. Feels better balanced that way.

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  • canyonero
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    Originally posted by kcarroll55 View Post
    Does anyone else have a problem with the Absolute Strap being too "bouncy"? Or am I somehow using it wrong? When I sling it on one shoulder (or both for that matter), the "bounce" seems out of rhythm with my walk and throws off my stride and I end up breathless. Am I wearing it too long - or too short? Any ideas?
    I'm still enjoying the bouncing and thinking "wow, all that force would be coming down on my shoulder if not for the bounce." Sometimes I stabilize the Aeornaut with a hand, or use the Super Ego waist straps if I need to walk really fast. Definitely in the camp that wears the strap with the inside of the curve towards my neck, straps going across the body (if bag is just hanging off a single shoulder, then it matters less to me).

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  • kcarroll55
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    Does anyone else have a problem with the Absolute Strap being too "bouncy"? Or am I somehow using it wrong? When I sling it on one shoulder (or both for that matter), the "bounce" seems out of rhythm with my walk and throws off my stride and I end up breathless. Am I wearing it too long - or too short? Any ideas?

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  • GEOcycle
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    I struggle with this all the time.

    Mostly because I wear mine cross body typically on my ristretto. On my left shoulder as well. When I do that, the curve points out and the TomBihn logo is on my back.

    That's why I struggle, that little Tom Bihn logo is always facing the back ... drives me nuts.

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  • malamalama
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    My Absolute Strap is the older straight one, but my old laptop bag has a curved strap. Usually the inside curve faces the shoulder and the outer curve is towards the neck. The reason for this is when the bag hangs, the ends of the straps will angle out away from the body to a natural position of where the bag would be. If you looked in a mirror, a straight line down from where the strap is on your shoulder is where your hip is now and the bag is away from the center of your body. If you wear the strap with the inside curve towards the neck, when the bag hangs, the strap will not lay flat on your shoulder and the part towards your neck will have the most pressure. Having said all that, dorayme is probably right about cross body carrying, though.

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  • dorayme
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    I thought about it a little more and I realized, for me, it depends on whether or not I am wearing it cross body or not. If I am just putting it over my shoulder and not across my body, either direction is fine as long as the grip side is down to keep it on my shoulder. If I wear it cross body, I arrange it more carefully to ensure that the curve follows my neck, it cuts in less and offers a more ergonomic support.
    The original Absolute had no curve, seeing as how some carry their bag with it facing in and some with it facing out, it seems like the original is still a great design that would work for many.

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  • cjedj
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    I think it's more comfortable like that, but easier to slip of your shoulder (at least mine). I'll have another play next time the bag's fully loaded.

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