I'm not back packing in the wilderness. I hope that doesn't disqualify me from asking a question that I think is still relevant for back-packers in general.
I have an MEI Travel Pack that I'm pretty happy with. I used it for a 1-month back packing trip through central Mexico last month. The main thing I don't like about it, is how cumbersome it is to adjust the straps on the exterior of the bag:
Getting these straps (there are two) tight takes a while. I have to loosen it by pulling the strap through, so there's some give between the buckle and the clasp (is that a proper term?). Then I close the bag, and tighten it, then work the strap through the clasp until it lies flat again (as pictured).
Is there a better mechanism I can use to make tightening this down much quicker, while keeping it secure? Removing the clasp would make tightening easy, but it wouldn't hold.
Is there some kind of clamp I can put in place of the clasp, that I could open when packing the bag, and close it down on the tightened strap to keep it secure during use?