Yes, I agree. I already did that with the sides of the pack to pull it inwards, and to secure my tent poles and flute.
I would not do the ties as you show, on the sides I used this cord lock (separate holes for each end):
Edited by PaHiker (04/09/15 04:28 PM)
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