Proper gear holder downers... (straps)

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Geolander, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. Geolander

    Geolander Scruffy Nerf Herder

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    So I know bungee cords are dangerous, unreliable, and malfunction frequently.

    Obviously tie downs are a bit on the long side, suppose I could shorten them up easily, but that seems like a.) overkill and b.) a lot of extra weight

    A fancy rope and knot set up may be beyond what I'm capable of with my current knowledge of knots. Beyond that I just think it would end up being a lot of fuss every time you pack up camp.

    Do they make little tie down straps? Did I miss this piece of equipment every time I was anywhere?

    Also; the bungee nets... What can I expect out of these other than to additionally secure strangely shaped items and maybe add a layer of idiot proofing? (hoping something will jiggle and I'll notice before it falls off)

    I'm getting ready for my first solo weekend on the new bike, and I've never had "luggage" before.

    I've got a CRF450X and some Wolfman E-12's; so at least I have some mounting points.
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    Longboardr Been here awhile

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  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    ROK Straps, best out there, and reasonably priced. You can get large and small ones, and they almost never come loose if you attach them correctly!

    http://www.rokstraps.com/

    I've used them for years!

    Jim :brow
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  5. senecahome

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    Beat me by 3 minutes.:rofl
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  7. Geolander

    Geolander Scruffy Nerf Herder

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    Looks like a no brainer.

    What website/retailer is preferable to go through?

    Thanks!
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  9. Geolander

    Geolander Scruffy Nerf Herder

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  10. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Long timer

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    I got mine in the tent section. All different colors and a couple different lengths.

    I still prefer my Rok Straps. The buckles appear much more durable. I can really crank down on them since I use my GSA as a pickup truck sometimes
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  11. JimVonBaden

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    My only issue with straps that just cinch is that as the load compresses from vibration, the cinch straps become loose. The ROX Straps do not.

    If you want them local, they are available at REI and many MC stores.

    Jim :brow
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  12. lilolita

    lilolita fahr mit mir

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    and Rok Straps come in pink :D

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  13. Geolander

    Geolander Scruffy Nerf Herder

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    Hah!

    Very cool, I was wondering if I was limited to colors.. I like my colors. Been backpacking and camping too long, all my gear is green but now I ride a damn red bike.. :puke1
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  14. jules083

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    Just wanted to add I finally broke down and bought rok straps. Excellent product, wish I'd bought them sooner. Pricy though, I bought 3 sets for around $60. I'm packing for a short trip tonight and tomorrow, my luggage is more secure than its ever been.

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  15. villageidiot

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    My local rei does not carry rok straps, but the local BMW dealer does.
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  16. JTT

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    This is the big feature that everyone talks about as benefit of Rok straps, but I have to say I have never experienced this. I use simple and cheap sleeping bag straps (3/4"-1" webbing with cinch buckles), and cinch loads down nice and tight (I loath things moving around). I have never had to adjust or tighten any strap, in fact I could back them off likely and still be plenty secure.

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    I guess I just don't understand how an elastic portion in a strap could possibly be better? I don't know anyone who uses elastic cord to strap down precious cargo, say your motorcycle in a truck or trailer?
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  17. duck

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    Cinch them harder, you pussy. :deal I use them on my compressible
    camping gear bag (tent, pad, sleeping bag) and they've never come loose.

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  18. Bazgab

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    The key there is you said compressible bag, sure any strap can do fine with that. The Rok straps excel at keeping anything in place, including more solid items, which is where normal cinch straps can come loose from constant vibrations.

    One more vote for Rok straps from me, got two pairs on sale and they are a fantastic product.
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  19. threadkiller

    threadkiller Semi-feral Pappy

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    I have some of the Helen2Wheels straps. I don't tend to use them. What I do tend to use is rope with a trucker's knot. Rope is cheap and I don't mind trimming it to length.
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  20. JimVonBaden

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    Exactly:

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    The Rubber in the ROK Straps is NOT like the cheap multi-strand rubber in bungee cords. It is solid rubber. I have never seen one break.

    Jim :brow
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