Originally Posted by strapman52
Thanks for the opportunity to provide some input. I'll try to stay a lot more current. I welcome personal e-mails if you have questions not suitable for the forum or if you want to design your own custom straps.
Tom, thanks for the explanation. Since you posted your input, I want to post mine. (I said I would do that in an earlier post from last year)
1. The strap material itself is very tough. I beat my straps to death, and they fly around my frame while traveling down the road. They have not frayed at all. (really none of my straps have and that is quite a few brands)
2. I needed to cut a few of mine down and with the Polyester it is much harder to get a clean cut, which is why I assume a heat knife is used at the factory. I tried a good pair of scissors and got a tiny fray at the ends which I did clean up with a lighter and they are fine. While they were hot, I did quickly pinch them between 2 small pieces of wood. Make sure your cutting device is sharp.
3. Although the material is slick, the cams hold well with an extra "reverse" pull on the cam handle. Re-seat after they get wet and you will be good to go for at least 4 days. (only overnighter I did last year was H.C. and I didn't have to re-tighten)
4. The only complaint I have is the loops in their loop straps are way too big. I had "chatted" with someone online before I ordered and I must have completely mis-understood what they were saying. We had discussed strap length (looped and unlooped) and I thought I was good to go until I had received the loops. They made them with about a 5-7" diameter (which shows that way on their website, but I had suggested a smaller loop) and that is way too loose to use effectively around a frame tube. I had to wrap the loop strap 2 times to get it to cinch down on the frame which made it a big too short. It works but it causes a slight fitment problem between my cooler and drybox. I would suggest, from a rafters point of view, that the loops be made just large enough to allow the cam to angle over and through the loop. This way the strap will "bite" onto the frame and not spin freely.
When the need comes, after more testing with the polyester straps in other locations of use, I will definitely use them again, but if I ever order a loop strap again, I will have the loops custom sized.
The vast array of color and pattern choices alone are enough for me to use them again, simply for that fact that I can now have straps like no one else.