Five minute project: Add cargo straps to your ruck

Carrying a load on your back isn’t too much different from carrying a load on a trailer, and sometimes we need to be able to accommodate different equipment if need be. Over the years I’ve accumulated an assortment of buckles, webbing and other hardware to have on hand for such occasions or other gear modifications as need be.

I recently wrote an article on the DG3 pack and Savotta LJK Daypack and how I use them together. One reader and future student is trying to configure his equipment to work along the same lines and had written me explaining how he couldn’t get his own particular daypack (not an LJK) to work and wondered if I had any ideas. I thought on it for a minute and went and dug out my box of webbing and parts. This should work on most packs with a little creativity, although I’ll be detailing it on my DG3.

To start off with you’re going to need some 1” nylon webbing, ITW buckles, and triglides. The amount of webbing will depend on the load you want to attach. If you have to order some webbing I’d start with ordering four times the circumference of the equipment you want to attach at a minimum, but it never hurts to have some extra on hand. At a minimum you’ll need two buckles and 6 triglides. I get all my webbing and buckles from Rockywoods.com and I only use ITW hardware if I can help it.

We’re going to build the upper part of our straps first. Start out by cutting two 1 foot pieces of webbing and melt all the ends. Feed a triglide onto each end and slide it on about 4”. Take one end and feed it through the MOLLE webbing on the pack, then back through the triglide. Run the other end through the female buckle and then back through the triglide. Keep feeding the webbing through until both ends over lap, then tape them down. Repeat this for the other strap.

This is a dual adjustable buckle. A non-adjustable buckle only has one loop on the back. I typically just have these because they can be used as a non adjustable buckle as well.
1 foot section with triglides
Fully assembled upper half

Next we will assemble the bottom straps. These will run through the oval shaped buckles located on the bottom of the pack. I ran mine through the inner two buckles so they were straight with the upper half of the straps. Start out by sliding a triglide on about 4” again, feed it through the oval buckle, then back through the triglide leaving about a 2” tail, then tape down the tail. Then take your male buckle and run the webbing through so that if tension is applied it tightens against the “plow” of the buckle. Repeat this for the other side and you now have a versatile way to carry extra items.

The “plow” portion is the angular piece seen on the bottom right

Feed the webbing from left to right as seen in the picture. The bottom of the strap attached to the oval buckles at the bottom of the pack is to the left.

Feeding through the oval buckle
Completed setup. Useful for a variety of items.

2 comments

  1. What I’ve used in the past for these attachments is using bungee cords. But this is a more permanent solution (bungee cords are often removed to using some other time of need) – Thanks for the project how-to.

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