Our backpacks are versatile. The padded straps are comfortable, but can be tucked in behind our lumbar pad to make sure no straps are dangling when not needed. Thanks to our friends at Cilogear, we are using the Dee-Clip system picture here to compress our packs. They can also easily be used to tie down extras to the side or front of your pack. Each Truce backpack comes with 2 compression straps.