no backpack attachment points on my F-1x
I've got two F-2's (one a real oldie, approaching 30 years) and an F-1x. My newer F-2 (within the last ten years) has the D-rings on the shoulder straps, and the O-rings on the back, making it easy to attach the backpack straps.
But my F-1x has no D-rings on the shoulder straps, nor the O-rings on the rear. Makes it very difficult to use with the backpack straps. I bought this bag maybe ten years ago, from a legit dealer. Was there a time when the F-1x lacked these rings? I know I already had the newer F-2 by then, so I was surprised and very disappointed when I first went to use the bigger bag on my back.
Is there any way to get this bag brought up to current standard? It's perfectly OK otherwise.
I'm not sure why the bag doesn't have them as Tiffen has only made Domke bags for the last 8 or 9 years now. I don't believe it would be very easy to add it. The bag would need to be pulled apart and professionally sewn back together to add the peices. I would be concerned about doing that on an old bag.
Couldn't tell you how old my F1x is, but I'd have to say it's at least 10 years old. It doesn't have D-rings on the shoulder strap attachment points, but I connect my backpack straps to the handle O-rings at the [i]front[/i] of the flap. I find it rides better that way. If your bag is like mine, there are also webbing tabs at either end of the [i]top[/i] of the back (zippered) pocket; I fed a couple of split-ring loops through there and can use them to attach clips. You could also feed mini-carabiners through the webbing loops for the shoulder strap and connect to those, but I find the front handstrap O-rings work better. At first I clipped the backpack straps to the plastic shoulder strap attachments, but they wore through (and broke) so I just replaced them with the mini-biners.
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