Carmel Backpack Straps Guide

The Carmel Convertible Backpack is designed to be versatile and convient so that you can switch up the style though-out your trip to meet your needs. 
There are three options for straps that come with the bag. This blog post is to break down each one so you can pick the perfect one for you!

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
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Length Adjustable
Total Length
25.5" - 43.5" (64.8 - 110.5 cm)
Drop Length
12.5" - 21.5" (31.7 - 54.6 cm)
Adjustable
Total Length
25.5" - 43.5" (64.8 - 110.5 cm)
Drop Length
12.5" - 21.5" (31.7 - 54.6 cm)
Adjustable
Total Length
23"-29" (58.4 - 73.7 cm)
Drop Length
10"-13" (25.4 - 33.0 cm)
Features
  • Vegan Leather with reinforced steel cable for slash resistance
  • Adjustable for backpack, crossbody, or shoulder bag
  • Vegan Leather with reinforced steel cable for slash resistance
  • Adjustable for backpack, crossbody, or shoulder bag
  • Custom Arden Cove Locking Hardware to close the clasp onto bag or chair*
*Note this option comes with one Classic and one Locking Strap due to cost. If you prefer two locking hardware straps please let us know. In general the locks are not as necessary if wearing as a backpack as you would have both straps on. If you wear as a crossbody or shoulder bag please use the Locking Strap. 
  • Woven wide strap for all day comfort
  • Customer Arden Cove Locking Hardware to close the clasp onto bag or chair
  • D-ring to attach small coin pouch
  • Adjustable to wear as backpack or short shoulder bag
  • Shorter than the Faux Leather Wide strap so a good option if you like your backpack more flush to your back, but likely too short for crossbody wear. 

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. 

Photo Gallery

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 

 

 


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