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Old 03-09-2019   #1
 
White Mountains, Arizona
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Talk me out of cutting straps off my Watershed Futa Stowfloat bags

It seems to me that all the 2" straps do is get in the way. I'm even tempted to trim the 1" straps on the side as the bags fit in my kayak best with the two ends of the "zipper" clipped together.


So tell me, do you find any of those straps useful?


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Old 03-09-2019   #2
 
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You just reminded me that I was considering this last spring on the MFS. It seems like the main thing they do is make it harder to get the bags in and out of the boat. Honestly, with watershed bags they can probably all go and not really affect dryness. I might give it a go this year, although now i remember I was thinking about moving those bags to front (Lg Karma, I have a lot of room up there) and getting something different for the back.
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I would be interested to see how that goes. I found them useful for the first time in a stinger xp without the foot block just gave me something better to push off of. Any thought about cleaning the tubes. Mine are all black and a camel back cleaner brush wont get past the L coming from the bag side.
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I cut the unnecessary straps off of my watershed Futa and Ocoee bags. Makes packing and stowing easier, especially when loaded with overnight gear.
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I would be interested to see how that goes. I found them useful for the first time in a stinger xp without the foot block just gave me something better to push off of. Any thought about cleaning the tubes. Mine are all black and a camel back cleaner brush wont get past the L coming from the bag side.

I actually shot some video of the process but deleted it when I needed space for something else. Oh well.


I'm happy with the results and will likely be removing the 1" straps from a couple bags as well. My bags go in front of my footrests not in place of them.


I use a rifle cleaning rod to clean my camelbak hoses. Should work for the stowfloats too. I would remove the valve and work from that end.
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