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Backpacker Magazine – June 2000
A tool tube answers the age-old packing dilemma: Where do I put the long, skinny stuff?
Looking for a better way to fasten a tripod, ice axe, shovel, or trekking poles to your pack? Tired of that gear flopping around back there? The tool tube is the easy-access, snug and secure answer to loads of idiosyncratic strapping problems. Making your own is a snap. All you need is about a half-foot of 2-inch-wide hook-and-loop fastener (available at craft stores and most outdoors stores for about $1 per foot), 3 inches of webbing, and some strong thread (about $1.75 for a 150-yard spool).
Step 1: Cut the hook (bristly side) and loop (soft, woolly side) strips to the lengths indicated, and lightly sear the cut ends with a candle or lighter. Attach the two sides face to face so they overlap 21/4 inches at the center.
Step 2: Sew the end of the loop strip to the center of the hook strip, using a standard straight stitch (at a medium or greater stitch-length setting if using a sewing machine, or at 12 stitches per inch if sewing by hand).