Comparison of Carmel Backpack Straps
|Name||Microfiber Faux Leather Wide Strap with Classic Hardware||Microfiber Faux Leather Wide Strap with Locking Hardware||Jacquard Short Strap with Locking Hardware|
23"-29" (58.4 - 73.7 cm)
10"-13" (25.4 - 33.0 cm)
Which Strap to Choose?
Both the Faux Leather Wide Strap and the Jacquard Short Strap will work for a backpack and one strap can be taken off and moved to turn into a purse.
Length of Straps
Please note that while both are adjustable, the Faux Leather Wide Strap is longer and likely a better fit if you want the strap to be both backpack and a crossbody bag. On the other hand, if you prefer the strap to be tighter on your back or you need the shorter length, I suggest the Jacquard Strap.
I do suggest measuring to see what length you'd prefer, as everyone's body and preference can differ. If it is not long enough, we have longer straps like the regular Jacquard Strap and Faux Leather Strap, which are designed specifically for a crossbody and can be added to your order.
Material Appearance & Feel
The next consideration is what material you like the look and feel of. Both are high quality and smooth and this is a personal preference. Some prefer the more luxe look for leather straps, while others like a more sporty jacquard strap. If you wear a lot of thin straps or strapless shirts/ dresses consider your weather and which feel you like better on your skin.
Safety & Anti-theft Features
In terms of safety features, both have an option of a locking strap for extra security. (Classic vs Locking Hardware Guide) The Microfiber Wide Strap is reinforced with a steel cable to make it more slash resistance but adds stiffness to the strap. The Jacquard Short Strap does not have a steel cable and is very flexible and comfortable. In general, we don't find that slashing is a problem with wider straps such as these as this is generally a technique that targets thin leather straps which are easier to cut.
Side by Side Comparison
Faux Leather Wide Strap
Gallery includes photos of both locking and classic hardware as the two straps are identical in length and width. The only difference is the hardware on the ends. (Classic vs Locking Hardware Guide)
Jacquard Short Strap