Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tying one on...

... no, I'm not much of a drinker, but as a former boy scout, I have always appreciated the ability to secure gear.

Bob made a casual comment to me in Vancouver.  I had showed him some gear tie-downs that I carry with me.  They are light duty but very strong and tuck away nicely in any available little nook or cranny.  They are sturdy enough that I was able to use them to secure a battery for my Miata to the pillion seat on my Vespa for the ride home.

Bob looked at my little marvels, and said casually "You should get ROK straps".

I've learned over time to take Bob's most casual, seemingly off-hand remarks as pearls of wisdom to be taken very seriously.  I can be a skeptic learner, so it can take me a while to catch on.

This time I listened and have now acted on his advice.

ROK Straps: check!


Unknown said...


I had problems with bungee cords scratching bodywork, plastic and them loosing their elasticity. I don't like those coat hanger ends, which also bend and scratch your racks.

Rok Straps do not scratch and are more secure. Plus they can be adjusted to fit nearly every situation.

You purchased two sets, RIGHT ?

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David Masse said...

Darn Bob, you said two sets? One day I'll get your advice spot-on. Such a distracted student, I am.

Unknown said...


they come in two widths/lengths. Sometimes you have small items to secure

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Trobairitz said...

I've heard nothing but good things about Rok straps.

I think hubby even has one or two or three of them.

RichardM said...

I am very happy with the set that I have. They seem secure and I also like the loops on the ends rather than the wire hooks. Much more secure. You can always make the long ones shorter and tie off the excess webbing.

SonjaM said...

Good stuff and very versatile and durable, I have both lengths, too. Trust Bob on this one.

David Masse said...

Trobairitz, until the riding season rolls around, I'm using them in the cargo bed in our SUV. I concur that they are very, very good. I was a little skeptical on the short bungy section, but it adds that very stiff "give" that ensures that the load won't budge. When they aren't restraining anything, just giving them a little tug allows them to lie flat on the floor and out of the way. Very impressive.

David Masse said...

Richard, I completely agree. The excess just tucks under the strap nice and securely. What a great purchase.

David Masse said...

Sonja, I'm planning to trust both Bob and you and pick up a set of the smaller ones. That should ensure that I'll be in great shape for adventure come the spring. Speaking of which, we were in Toronto on the weekend dropping our daughter Lauren off as she leaves our nest empty, and it was crazy warm there! 15C (59F)!! Everyone was wandering around in shirtsleeves.

VStar Lady said...

David - Sounds like I'll have to check out these rok straps as well. (Leave it to Bob to find the best gadgets and gear.) Look forward to meeting up with you as part of Bob's Incredible Eastern Canadian/Cross Country Tour.

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