Gear Armour has come out with new ratcheting tie downs that load from the side to provide quicker loading and unloading. The company says that this side-loading feature means 2X faster setup and breakdown compared to traditional ratcheting tie downs.
These tie downs were designed in New Zealand by a trucker, and who knows tie downs better than truckers?!
There are three sizes and styles – 16′ with double J-hooks, 27′ with double J-hooks, and 27′ with flat hooks. The 16′ tie down has a load rating of 1,667 lbs and breaking strength of 5,000 lbs, while the 27′ tie downs have load ratings and breaking strengths of 3,333 lbs and 10,000 lbs respectively.
Each strap is built with UV-resistant webbing and a hand-friendly T-handle grip. All three straps exceed Dept. of Transportation standards.
Prices: $17-22, depending on size and style
Here are a couple of videos – one that shows how to use these ratcheting tie-downs, and another that compares the GearArmour tie-down to an ordinary ratcheting tie-down.
I’m struggling to see a downside to these ratcheting straps. They look to be user-friendly, and anything that helps speed up tie-down setup and breakdown is going to be appreciated by most users. We hope to get our hands on one soon for testing, but don’t think there’s anything that could take away from their appeal.