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convertible carry-on strap conservation?

The RS convertible carry-on has clips for an optional shoulder strap.
The Civita shoulder bag has a strap that clips on and off.
Does anyone know if the Civita shoulder bag strap can be used on the
RS convertible carry-on?
Perhaps the strap isn't long enough or strong enough?
If I can have one strap that does double-duty, that would be nice.
(I realize that the other direction would work -- the accessory strap would work on the civita shoulder bag,
but it would be overkill, and I already have the smaller bag and strap, still considering the carry-on.)

Posted by
15702 posts

No, it won't work. The Civita Shoulder Bag strap is way too short and very thin. I replaced it with a Tom Bihn simple Strap which may not be strong enough for the Convertible Carry On.

If you don't want a second shoulder strap, just carry the Convertible Carry-on like a sling via one backpack strap.

Posted by
19170 posts

Ditto Frank. My RS carry-on bag, purchased in 2000, came with a shoulder sling, but I don't take it anymore. I found that it was difficult to use (kept trying to slide off). Now if I'm in a hurry (like getting off a plane), I just slip one backpack strap over a shoulder and go.

Posted by
2589 posts

Thanks for the replies --
and for reminding me that the built-in straps can be used on one shoulder!
As Orwell said, to see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.

Have you found the Convertible Carry-On to be right-sized for traveling light?

I'm coming at it from the other direction compared to the RS advocacy of giving up bulky baggage;
I've been traveling with the equivalent of a pillowcase for a day bag and gym bag for my carry-on,
and am now considering moving in a sturdier direction, to allow for inclement weather, etc.
Have never carried an umbrella or jacket, just picked up if needed, or more often gotten wet...

Posted by
16894 posts

If you're used to packing lighter and won't always fill up the bag, then you can use the external compression straps on each side to cinch it into a more compact shape.

Posted by
2589 posts

Sold! I've put in my order to take advantage of the current bag sale.

I've been chewing over the ways in which my equipage and vestments convey an impression, and set a tone for my own behavior,
and I think this RS gear will move me in a more mature direction. (By 'equipage' and 'vestments' I mean equipaje y vestidos.)

I may post a thread or two about this in a wider context, but it's been on my mind that I was once stopped by hotel security in a fancy spot I was staying at in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City and asked what business I had there. On that same trip, I ran to make it onto a departing train just as the doors were closing, and I noticed that everyone in the compartment was hugging their bags extra tight -- I looked around to see what was causing the anxiety, and after puzzling it out, I realized it was me.

Maybe with the RS imprimatur on my bag and some extra room for clean clothes, I'll feel more welcome in the posh quarters.