Backpacking Straps by:

Backpacks and Strapworks

Do you own a backpack that you consider irreplaceable, and the strap broke, stitching came undone, or a buckle snapped? At we have the tools, materials & hardware for your buddy to get back up and running. Dependability is no longer an issue for your pack. We have no order minimums, so you can pick and choose exactly what you need to repair your backpack, or put together a backpack repair kit for yourself. No need to order some standardized kit that has a bunch of extra parts that you don't need and can't use! 

Product description: Plastic or metal hardware and webbing or strapping to repair various parts of your backpack.  Hardware includes, but is not limited to, D rings, O rings, slides, side release buckles, snap hooks, cord locks, etc.  Many of these types of hardware are available in metal or plastic, and most of our metal hardware can be custom powder coated with any of our 19 powder coating colors.

Common Materials: For a hiker's backpack the most common hardware is made of plastic, which keeps weight down. For a standard everyday backpack plastic hardware is preferred, and lightweight polypro or heavyweight polypro is the most common webbing used for backpack replacement straps. If any webbing is needed for repairs heavyweight polypropylene is popular as well as highly recommended. The heavyweight webbing has excellent UV protection, medium level of abrasion resistance, and does not absorb water, making it highly resistant to rot and mildew, and comes in different widths. With these qualities it is great for outdoor weather conditions. 

When the repair calls for re-stitching repair, a sewing awl is your best bet if you do not have a sewing machine. The Speedy Stitcher sewing awl weighs 3.2 oz. with 2 needles and a length of thread.

How to use:  When cutting webbing for a replacement strap, you can seal the end (to prevent loose threads) by holding a lighter under the webbing and using a gentle back and forth motion.  Here at Strapworks we can cut the webbing to your desired length or lengths so you don't have to worry about sealing the ends.  The Speedy Stitcher sewing awl comes with instructions and, with a little practice, it doesn't take long to get the hang of it.  We recommend ordering a free sample of webbing (about 6 in. in length) or using an old piece of material to try and get the hang of using the sewing awl.

For help on how to use various hardware, please contact us at or send an email to  

Common restrictions:  Heavyweight polypropylene has a breaking strength of 675lbs. - 1,800lbs.  Plastic hardware does not have a breaking strength, but most of the metal hardware does.  For information or assistance on breaking strengths, please contact us.