rent wrote in post #16249152
The design of the compression straps as well as the gate keepers is such that they will not loosen only when they are under tension. Is your tripod being strapped onto a relatively empty bag? If so, in my experience, the straps will loosen easily. They do fairly well if the bag is full.
This is based on my experience of strapping a Gitzo 1-series travel tripod to the side of a Loka bag using the compression straps. I believe gatekeepers work exactly the same way mechanically.
I don't think we've ever gone out with the bags relatively empty. They're always somewhere between mostly full and completely stuffed, with all kinds of things strapped to the outside. This is us on a day when we left a lot of items in a refuge hut and then hiked out from there:
And here is the Satori stuffed to the gills (they really need to make a bag that holds about 10 liters more):
Anyway, the built-in straps on both the Satori and the Loka are not sufficiently tight to hold either tripod for long (both tripods are about the same size and weight).
Mackeral wrote in post #16249741
gatekeepers aren't built in, so you aren't having issues with gatekeepers.
Right, OK, whatever they call the built-in straps, they do say on their website that they "can be used to compress the bag or secure tripods, ski poles, or similar items." I can see them working pretty well for light items like ski poles and travel tripods, but they don't work for bulkier, 5-pound items.
xeodragon wrote in post #16249600
I've had no problem with the fstop gatekeepers (they do have a lock if I understand what you mean correctly). Mine hasn't loosened strap wise nor come unlocked.
Here is what I mean by a lock (this is one of the Think Tank straps that we're using):
In addition to the actual buckle, there is also a flip-up/down lock. It looks to me as though the fstop Gatekeepers don't have this feature. Is that correct?
By the way, the part of the Think Tank gatekeeper that is coming open is the metal hinge on either side, where you connect it to the loop on a bag. That will pop open on its own unless it's under tension. Do the fstop models have that problem as well?
Has anyone been carrying bulkier, heavier items on the outside of their bag, secured with gatekeepers?