MO Tested: Rok Straps Review
You may think you know how practical they are, but wait until you try them
If you’re like me, you’ve been aware of what Rok Straps are and can think of a place or two that you might be able to use them. However, unless you’ve actually tried them out, you have no idea how flexible and useful they are. I discovered that utility just this weekend. For those who are unfamiliar with Rok Straps, they are a genius combination of polyester braided webbing and a flat bungee-like elastic cord that are hooked together with an easy-to-use clip. What makes them so practical is that you can easily adjust their length by cinching down the nylon strap and letting the elastic maintain the pressure on what you’re trying to hold on your bike.
- Adjustable from 12-42 in. (or 18-60 in.) or via cinch
- No hooks to mar plastic or paint
- Clips are easy to attach and release yet remain secure
- No hooks for certain mounting points
- Long tail of webbing when cinched down to short length
- I didn’t buy these years ago
We’re all familiar with bungee cords and nets for securing cargo to motorcycles, and consequently, we have all experienced the challenge of creating enough tension to keep the cargo from shifting. As such, most of us own bungees of different lengths to achieve this. Unfortunately, many of us have found ourselves needing a different length of bungee than what was on hand, requiring, if you were lucky, intricate wraps of the cord to shorten its length. If you needed a longer one, typically you were SOL.
Rok Straps combine either a 5/8-in. or 1-in. webbed strap that can be adjusted in length from 12-42 in. or 18-60 in., respectively, with a flat shock cord. This arrangement allows the user to fine tune the tension used to secure cargo to a motorcycle. The straps have webbing loops on either end to wrap around mounting points on the bike thus avoiding the risk of paint damage that the metal hooks frequently seen on bungees can cause. On bikes without points to hook the webbing loops, the Rok Straps can be hooked to themselves, turning them into a single strap that can be wrapped completely around the cargo items. Between the two sections of the Rok Strap, a quick-release buckle joins the two. Once the clips are closed, the polyester webbing can be cinched down via a UV- and crack-resistant buckle. In a nice touch, some Rok Straps have reflective thread in the elastic section for additional conspicuity.
It is almost impossible to overestimate the flexibility this construction facilitates. In fact, when preparing for a recent weekend tour, I discovered how useful the straps were and rush ordered a second set to make sure I had them before my departure. They have now earned a permanent place in my tank bag or backpack when I am out and about. If you have not tried Rok Straps, I highly recommend you do so. Consider it $18-$29 well spent for a package of two Rok Straps..
Are bungee cords safe?
We have been using bungees for so long that we take them for granted, but this is a risky proposition. Old bungie cords, particularly ones made of bare rubber, get brittle when old and can break, whipping back into the person attempting to attach them. Additionally, the metal hooks affixed to the ends of many bungees have caused may injuries, including eye damage, when they slip out of the user’s hands under a load.
Do they make adjustable bungee cords?
Yes, adjustable bungee cords are available, but many tend to have the same dangers listed above. Rok Straps were created to address both the need for adjustability and safety.
Are bungee cords good for long-term storage?
Because of their elastic construction, most bungees are recommended for temporary use only. If the storage is outside in direct sun, this sort-term status is accelerated because ultraviolet radiation in sunlight damages both the nylon covers and the elasticity of traditional bungees.
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