Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 27
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by metamerman They cut themselves
Lost one of these on the highway (apologies to whoever found it!) because there are sharp edges on the mechanisms that cut the straps: I could tell because one of the others got cut only half way through and so hadn't fallen off yet. The ratchet mechanism also intrudes onto the spool area so you can't wind very much on until running the risk of it failing to ratchet at all. I *also* don't like that the hooks are relatively open at the end rather than ending parallel to the strap: This too seems a likely point of failure because if the strap isn't pulled really tight it can work loose.
On the plus side, they are quite strong and seem well made for the price. But the design flaws mean that IMHO these are not a good choice. I actually went back to the cheap orange ones because even though they're not nearly as strong, they're a lot more reliable.
July 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Paul Good tiedowns, after practice
They do work well. But the release is different from other tiedowns and was not obvious to me.
If you never used this type tiedown-- you can't wrap more than a foot of webbing. You pull all the excess webbing through, so there's just a little slack. Now start working the lever.
While they are strong for the price, don't expect to honk them up to hundreds of pounds strain without trouble. If you need more force, use more tiedowns.
Yes, on some small jobs you may have 4 yards of extra webbing flapping in the breeze. Wind the excess over your rack and back then tie-off the end so it doesn't slap on the highway. Or wrap it around your hand and tie-off this bundle. If you never have large jobs, cut and melt the end. Neatly so it still fits the slot.
The release is actually sorta smart, but not clear at first. Pull the finger-grip on the lever. Swing the lever ALL the way back. It fits in a notch. Press finger-grip into the notch, this releases the body ratchet, ZING the webbing goes slack. Leave the main lever in the slot as you pull the webbing through. Then re-set the main lever for storage or further use.
Don't loan-out your tiedowns! They usually come back all tangled. At this price it is best to send your friend to Home-Depot and get his/her own straps.
I don't get the "camouflage". I got a chrome motorcycle, or a big blue tarp, camo straps won't hide my load. But I guess different folks have different needs.
April 29, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Frank Like you should expect for $17
If you lost the instructions, please play with a ratchet until you figure it out. I promise that basic spatial reasoning will come in handy later in life.
Mine did have one tab that was not bent properly, but it honestly took 20 seconds to bend with a screwdriver. The straps are thinner than I hoped, but I guess that's so you can draw in more strap without it bunching up (because people apparently don't think to pretension soft loads). These should be perfect for tying down furniture, but they are NOT suitable for lifting motorcycles overhead.
September 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GJF BEST STRAPS I'VE OWNED
I Have owned these straps among others and these have outperformed any others that I have bought. Great value and great performance.
September 11, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by DropKick Horrible Product
Purchased this product to tie down a mattress to the top of a Jeep Wrangler. The ratchet mechanism was incredibly temperamental, as you ratchet down the excess strap to tighten the load the excess strapping material would need to be guided into the mechanism with extreme precision otherwise the ratchet tine/teeth would become caught up by the excess strap rendering the mechanism useless and diffidcult to remedy .Ultimately I used a $10.00 surfboard tie down strap and that did the trick. Save your money, learn how to tie few knots and buy some rope (not in that order).
This product is inconvenient and very temperamental when you need it.
March 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GatorMan81 Watch the YouTube video before using
These are great ratchet tie-downs ... a super value for the money. I've only had them a week, and I've already used them to transport a queen mattress and box frame, as well as a kayak, on the roof of my Honda Pilot.
The instructions that come with the ratchets are horrible. If you've never used one before, go to YouTube and search for a how-to video on ratchet tie-downs. It will save you much time and aggravation. The process for using them is not intuitive.
May 24, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Danny OK for the money!
I purchased a set of these straps to secure a load to my trailer and they worked fine. I loaned them out and when they were returned they were a mess. After an hour of unknoting, untwisting and unwinding, I finally got them loaded the right way and they work fine. If you notice a knot don't tighten them or it will be murder to get the knot out. I suggest a little practice to make sure you have them threaded right and as one user suggested pull them relatively tight before winding or you will overfill the spool. Also when new the ratchet mechanism is very tight and it makes them hard to unwind. I still think they're OK for the money and I plan to buy another set.
July 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by slo92 Great straps
I'm not a fan of the camo, but these straps are excellent quality. The ratchet mechanism is very well made and strong. I also love the thick rubber handle and release latch. No problems out of these yet, and I bet they will last a long time. All the negative reviews I read about these straps appear to be coming from people that have never used, or have minimal experience with ratchet straps. It's not the straps fault you can't figure it out.
March 25, 2015