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What Those Little Diamond Patches On Backpacks Are For

When kids buy a backpack for school they often have no idea that adults use the same backpacks for a variety of activities and not just to haul books and binders around, so many of the bag's functions remain a mystery.

One of the most common types of backpacks used by kids is "the one with the diamond on it", and that little leather diamond is doodled on, cut and similarly defaced, but what the heck is it for?

Backpackers know the lash tabs or "pig snout" is there to extend the pack's carrying capability by allowing you to strap another smaller pack, bedroll, etc. on as needed.

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I wish I had known that as a kid so I could have strapped my dirty gym clothes on there instead of carrying them around in a plastic bag all day...

-Via Lifehacker

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I always thought that was the button for a mobility management device for use by parent/teacher.
Edit: Well that makes no sense since the photo didn't post
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The ones with horizontal slits are quite useful. The only way I have gotten any use out of the vertical slits is to keep a carabiner in it.
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