Flexible Fit

What do you get when two office workers and two farmers join forces? LYNXHooks--a system for securing cargo that beats bungee cords, hands down. The idea happened when Karen Hayes was on her car roof, tying up bags for the dump. A bungee cord snapped, flinging her to the ground as husband, Dan, watched helplessly. To invent a better solution they enlisted input from neighbors Ed and Dan Fehringer, retired potato farmers. The crew created LYNXHooks, a customizable network that provides safety and security for both the user and the light-utility cargo being tied down. Tough tiedown straps easily become the precise length needed. Make each shorter or longer with a simple tug, or link them together. Then form a web customized to your cargo. Specialized attachments like Gear Grabbers and Bobtails loop around bars, clamp on hard edges, and even grip onto tarp or canvas without damaging it. Made of premium solid rubber and protected by weather-resistant woven polyester, LYNXHooks are ready for the elements. The entire system is a versatile, dependable way to secure gear wherever you’re going.

LYNXHooks

Secure Gear Strapping System

Flexible Fit

What do you get when two office workers and two farmers join forces? LYNXHooks--a system for securing cargo that beats bungee cords, hands down. The idea happened when Karen Hayes was on her car roof, tying up bags for the dump. A bungee cord snapped, flinging her to the ground as husband, Dan, watched helplessly. To invent a better solution they enlisted input from neighbors Ed and Dan Fehringer, retired potato farmers. The crew created LYNXHooks, a customizable network that provides safety and security for both the user and the light-utility cargo being tied down. Tough tiedown straps easily become the precise length needed. Make each shorter or longer with a simple tug, or link them together. Then form a web customized to your cargo. Specialized attachments like Gear Grabbers and Bobtails loop around bars, clamp on hard edges, and even grip onto tarp or canvas without damaging it. Made of premium solid rubber and protected by weather-resistant woven polyester, LYNXHooks are ready for the elements. The entire system is a versatile, dependable way to secure gear wherever you’re going.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Karen
    Karen

    Hi Grommeteers,

    We are very excited to be launching on The Grommet today. We created LYNXHooks because, at the heart of it, we want everyone to spend less time on their chores and more time doing what they love. We can't wait to hear your thoughts!

  • Nikki
    Nikki
    11/4/2014 12:42 PM

    I could TOTALLY get into this thing!!! I'm almost 70, & I haul a mobility scooter all around with me, & although I'm sure it won't flip off, I still feel better after bungee cording the thing to death! AND, I've gotten the occasional bungee hook in the face when one springs back, as they sometimes do! This is something I just asked Heavenly Father for last week!!! Can't wait to try it!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 12:47 PM

    @Nikki Music to our ears, Nikki! We want not only for things to be securely and easily strapped to their rightful place, but for the process to not threaten your precious eyes! Thanks so much for your feedback!

  • Nikki
    Nikki
    11/4/2014 12:52 PM

    @Nikki

    Looking further, what exactly do I order? The lift bed is a flat platform, on which the scooter is driven on to. Using the lift key, I raise it as an arm comes down over it, & secures it to the platform, in the way like the top of a set of tongs pinches the scooter in place. I then grab about four bungees & lasso it on. It never is configured quite the same each time, & sometimes I use more bungees. My trunk is FULL of them. So, am I just buying something to go with the bungees, or what?

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 1:11 PM

    @Nikki I'd toss the bungees before you get hurt :-)

    If I understand you correctly, your scooter is already well secured by the arm, but you want a little backup insurance to keep things from jiggling or flapping. My guess is that you'd use the Bobtails (accessories in the Stash Bag) to loop around logical anchor points on the scooter (such as the handle bar farthest from your vehicle, and another anchor point in the back of the scooter such as a luggage bar, and click them onto the hooks on our tie-downs which you've secured to the lift bed. Hook everything up loosely, then tighten down. That way you aren't putting your eyes at risk.

  • Nathan
    Nathan
    11/4/2014 12:47 PM

    I love StrapGear but they're tiny; finally, something full-size, full-strength that's modular!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 12:54 PM

    @Nathan Thanks Nathan! At 25 pounds of force per strap you can do some serious gear-securing (although they're meant to secure your gear to your conveyance, not to tie a heavy machine to a trailer; that's what ratchet straps are for!). The modular nature -- the ability to create clusters with the hooks -- inspires more uses and is just plain fun to experiment with.

  • Nathan
    Nathan
    11/4/2014 5:03 PM

    @Karen Yes, 25 lbs. limit, I see now. Perfect for large items on my bicycle rack! So glad to see in your reply to Matthew that a heavier-duty version is already in the works, and that the rubber is marine-resistant since I live on the coast. One thing I appreciate about the lighter-duty is that keeps the weight of the hooks themselves down, which is important on a bicycle.

  • MATTHEW
    MATTHEW
    11/4/2014 12:50 PM

    The design is great but making hooks out of Plastic and expecting heavy things to be tied down with them is a really bad idea. I like that you said 25lbs was recommended, but most the things that I haul weigh more than that. Any thoughts on making this design with a tougher and heavier load in mind?

  • MATTHEW
    MATTHEW
    11/4/2014 12:52 PM

    oops sorry rubber, not plastic

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 1:01 PM

    @MATTHEW Thanks for your comment, Matthew, I'm glad you brought it up. As I mentioned to Nathan, these are for securing your gear to your conveyance, such as your camping stuff to your ATV/UTV, not for tying your ATV to a flatbed. For now, that sort of job is best done with a ratchet strap. Having said that, the rubber in our straps is solid rubber, not a bunch of little strands of rubber, and it's UV- and marine-resistant, so it's stout and reliable. And, the plastic is high-impact ABS, which is both strong and flexible. So these straps are stronger than you might think. Still, we label them with absolute safety in mind because we don't want people to overload them and expose themselves and their gear to risk of damage/injury or loss. And -- in answer to your question -- YES! We have a heavier duty version in development right now. Our goal is to have light, medium, and heavy versions with the same user-friendly modular design in our lineup. And, we hope to launch each new version right here on The Grommet. Thanks again Matthew.

  • debbie
    debbie
    11/4/2014 12:50 PM

    Great idea!!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 1:04 PM

    @debbie Sweet of you to say, Debbie. :-)

  • Joel
    Joel
    11/4/2014 1:04 PM

    Great idea. But why is it so much more expensive than other tie-down systems I've seen? The materials are roughly the same, and there's no great complication I can see in the manufacturing of them. The flexibility is great, but you'd sell twice as many at half the price, and wind up with the same revenue but twice as many happy customers spreading the word...

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 1:20 PM

    @Joel A reasonable question, Joel, I understand your point of view. But, the cost of the materials is quite high. We look at it this way. Instead of buying a dozen different bungee cords to get *close* to the length you need for ordinary, standard tie-down tasks, one set (a 2-pack) of LYNX Hooks tie-downs gives you two sturdy tie-downs that each can adjust from 19 inches all the way out to 45 inches, and any length in between, securely. And if you need more than 45 inches, you can lock those two tiedowns together -- for a unified strap that can go all the way to 90 inches PLUS the stretch of the two rubber sections. And, because the rubber is both UV- and marine-resistant, you've got a system that'll last at least six times longer than standard rubber bungees. And (and!) you've got a system that doesn't require putting yourself, and your gear, at risk of injury, damage, and/or loss. We've found bungee cords to be dangerous, unreliable, and frustrating! We spared no expense to come up with tie-downs that address those problems, and we hope that the ultimate savings from using them will pay off pretty quickly. Thanks for your question!

  • kristan
    kristan – Grommet Team
    11/4/2014 1:41 PM

    Hi Joel, Hi Karen. Kristan here from The Grommet. Thank you for the great dialogue regarding the LYNXHooks.

    The Grommet strives to support Makers of all shapes and sizes and the folks at LYNXHooks - and their high quality, trustworthy products - are evidence of that. You may be able to find a relatively similar product at your local hardware store, etc, but LYNXHooks exemplifies The Grommet's values, which is why they are here with us, today.

    We do appreciate your constructive feedback and hope we will see you again on one of our discussion boards soon.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 2:43 PM

    @kristan The Grommet rocks. It is a pleasure to field such good questions. :-)

  • jane
    jane
    11/4/2014 1:34 PM

    Theses look like a great design.

    I have w questions:

    how do the gift set and regular stash bag differ?

    how do the tie down ends work? You don't show any pictures of these and I don't understand if hook or literally tie down.

    Thanks.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 1:44 PM

    @jane The gift set is a Stash Bag plus an extra set of tie-downs. So, while the stash bag gives you the accessories (a 4-pack of Bobtails and a 4-pack of Gear Grabbers) plus two 2-packs of the tie-downs themselves (enough to make a four-way cluster), the extra set of tie-downs provided in the Gift Set gives you enough straps to make a six-way cluster, which is really handy for large, lumpy, uneven loads that include smaller packages warranting a few more "arms" to hold things in place.

    If I understand your second question correctly, what you mean by the ends of the tie-downs are our specialized, patented hooks. They lock together with an audible "click." To lock them you slip two hooks together "face to face" and "head to toe" and then pull, as shown in the video. To unhook them, you simply press the ends of the locked 2-hook unit together.

    Then, you can tighten using the adjustment buckle to make the strap portion precisely the length you need.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    11/4/2014 1:35 PM

    The illustration o the Gift Set Stash Bag has a ring with six holes as a hub for the hooks, but when I look at the illustration of the contents of the bag, there is a hub with only four. What's up with that? I liked the looks of the six-holed set a a gift, but not with just four.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 1:50 PM

    @Cynthia We've found that most people agree with you, Cynthia -- they want enough straps to be able to make that six-way cluster, so the folks at The Grommet came up with the idea of the Gift Set, which includes the Stash Bag (which contains two 2-packs of straps, enough to make a four-way cluster) plus an extra 2-pack of straps (bringing the total number of straps up to six, enough to make a six-way cluster). And, they've added that extra pair of straps at a discount. Win-win! :-) Thanks for the great question, Cynthia, giving me a chance to clear up the confusion.

  • Mark
    Mark
    11/4/2014 2:00 PM

    Karen, great idea, but I have one comment. I have yet to see a load rating specified anywhere. I frequently carry large ladders on the roof rack of my SUV, at freeway speeds, on trips that exceed 200 miles (round trip.) Given all the bouncing and wind buffeting, I'd want to be sure that my ladder didn't end up through the windshield of the car behind me. How much weight/strain will the LYNXHooks support?

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 2:17 PM

    @Mark Thanks Mark, as a bona fide worrier I tend to cringe and remember high school physics class (Force = Mass X Acceleration!) whenever anybody talks about tying an extension ladder to the roof of their vehicle and tearing down the highway, even when they use a ratchet strap for the job. In the future we will offer a heavy duty system that rivals the ratchet strap for such tasks, but with our current line we are addressing the frustrations and risks of securing camping gear and camera and/or hunting bounty to ATV, pack horse, backpack; securing chainsaw and fencing repair supplies to the back forty in your pickup; securing bicycle inside your van; securing Grandma's Christmas rocking chair inside your pickup, etc.... and we'll leave the ladders to the ratchet straps, for now. :-) Safety first! These are *light utility* tiedowns. Our goal here is to keep your stuff, and your eyes, safe, and not waste no time getting *out there* and having fun. You're an angel for letting me underline these safety issues. THANK YOU!!!

  • christopher
    christopher
    11/4/2014 2:20 PM

    @Mark I had the same great question as well, does the 25ib. capacity increase with each bobtail? I love the safety aspect of this product! also, does cold weather affect any part of this system? thank you for your response, chris

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 2:30 PM

    @christopher Yes! There definitely is an additive effect as the load is shared by multiple hooks and straps. This is especially true when the hooks are locked together, because they fit together like hand-in-glove and support each other. And, when in a cluster, the load not only is shared across the joined hooks but also divided among the straps, for an additional additive effect. It's tough to quantify it, though, because every load is different in weight and balance. So, we ask for common sense, and we add protection for our users with our 25 pound rating. As for weather effects, the tie-downs were field tested in all kinds of conditions -- from below zero degrees Fahrenheit, to 100 degrees F. The 25-pound rating is safe and secure throughout that range!

  • christopher
    christopher
    11/4/2014 2:43 PM

    @Karen Karen, your very sweet, a great "grommet!"

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 2:54 PM

    @christopher Now there's a compliment worth its weight in gold!

  • Nathan
    Nathan
    11/4/2014 7:32 PM

    At 01:09 is a quick shot of how it can be used with tarps, but I'm a little unclear exactly what's going on. Can you explain what the components are and how they work? They aren't in the Gift Set, correct?

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 8:04 PM

    @Nathan Actually those components are LYNXHooks Gear Grabbers, and there is a set of four of them in the Gift Set and in the Stash Bag. They create a channel that a LYNX Hook can press fabric through -- in the video at 1:09 the fabric happens to be a piece of Visqueen, but any sturdy fabric will do, including canvas, plastic tarp material, sweatshirt fabric, tent nylon, ballistic nylon, etc. the result is, an anchor point ON THE FABRIC -- WITHOUT DAMAGING THE FABRIC! It is really handy when you have a tarp and the grommet has ripped out or isn't in the right place. The anchor point made with the Gear Grabber is actually stronger than most tarp grommets. Great question Nathan. I should have clarified what the gear grabber is long before this! Thank you.

  • Nathan
    Nathan
    11/4/2014 9:28 PM

    @Karen 4 in the Gift Set! Nice! Thickness obviously depends on clearance between the hook and Grabber, but your examples seem a reasonable range, and I wouldn't want much give to a component that critical. So versatile and without puncture!

    Something else I appreciate about LYNXHooks is their form is fairly ergonomic with no harsh edges. It's also therefore more attractive than the typical ratchet strap which has all the charm of an interstate weigh-station ;-)

    The fact you can form hubs ad hoc puts this into a league of its own relative to other modular systems out there! Thanks for such an innovative, quality product, and I'm surely among throngs of Grommeteers who will enthusiastically greet your heavier-duty lines when they premiere!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 11:21 PM

    @Nathan Wow what a nice message to cap a really fun day.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

LYNXHooks

Secure Gear Strapping System

Flexible Fit

What do you get when two office workers and two farmers join forces? LYNXHooks--a system for securing cargo that beats bungee cords, hands down.

The idea happened when Karen Hayes was on her car roof, tying up bags for the dump. A bungee cord snapped, flinging her to the ground as husband, Dan, watched helplessly. To invent a
better solution they enlisted input from neighbors Ed and Dan Fehringer, retired potato farmers. The crew created LYNXHooks, a customizable network that provides safety and security for both the user and the light-utility cargo being tied down.

Tough tiedown straps easily become the precise length needed. Make each shorter or longer with a simple tug, or link them together. Then form a web customized to your cargo. Specialized attachments like Gear Grabbers and Bobtails loop around bars, clamp on hard edges, and even grip onto tarp or canvas without damaging it.

Made of premium solid rubber and protected by weather-resistant woven polyester, LYNXHooks are ready for the elements. The entire system is a versatile, dependable way to secure gear wherever you’re going.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Karen
    Karen

    Hi Grommeteers,

    We are very excited to be launching on The Grommet today. We created LYNXHooks because, at the heart of it, we want everyone to spend less time on their chores and more time doing what they love. We can't wait to hear your thoughts!

  • Nikki
    Nikki
    11/4/2014 12:42 PM

    I could TOTALLY get into this thing!!! I'm almost 70, & I haul a mobility scooter all around with me, & although I'm sure it won't flip off, I still feel better after bungee cording the thing to death! AND, I've gotten the occasional bungee hook in the face when one springs back, as they sometimes do! This is something I just asked Heavenly Father for last week!!! Can't wait to try it!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 12:47 PM

    @Nikki Music to our ears, Nikki! We want not only for things to be securely and easily strapped to their rightful place, but for the process to not threaten your precious eyes! Thanks so much for your feedback!

  • Nikki
    Nikki
    11/4/2014 12:52 PM

    @Nikki

    Looking further, what exactly do I order? The lift bed is a flat platform, on which the scooter is driven on to. Using the lift key, I raise it as an arm comes down over it, & secures it to the platform, in the way like the top of a set of tongs pinches the scooter in place. I then grab about four bungees & lasso it on. It never is configured quite the same each time, & sometimes I use more bungees. My trunk is FULL of them. So, am I just buying something to go with the bungees, or what?

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 1:11 PM

    @Nikki I'd toss the bungees before you get hurt :-)

    If I understand you correctly, your scooter is already well secured by the arm, but you want a little backup insurance to keep things from jiggling or flapping. My guess is that you'd use the Bobtails (accessories in the Stash Bag) to loop around logical anchor points on the scooter (such as the handle bar farthest from your vehicle, and another anchor point in the back of the scooter such as a luggage bar, and click them onto the hooks on our tie-downs which you've secured to the lift bed. Hook everything up loosely, then tighten down. That way you aren't putting your eyes at risk.

  • Nathan
    Nathan
    11/4/2014 12:47 PM

    I love StrapGear but they're tiny; finally, something full-size, full-strength that's modular!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 12:54 PM

    @Nathan Thanks Nathan! At 25 pounds of force per strap you can do some serious gear-securing (although they're meant to secure your gear to your conveyance, not to tie a heavy machine to a trailer; that's what ratchet straps are for!). The modular nature -- the ability to create clusters with the hooks -- inspires more uses and is just plain fun to experiment with.

  • Nathan
    Nathan
    11/4/2014 5:03 PM

    @Karen Yes, 25 lbs. limit, I see now. Perfect for large items on my bicycle rack! So glad to see in your reply to Matthew that a heavier-duty version is already in the works, and that the rubber is marine-resistant since I live on the coast. One thing I appreciate about the lighter-duty is that keeps the weight of the hooks themselves down, which is important on a bicycle.

  • MATTHEW
    MATTHEW
    11/4/2014 12:50 PM

    The design is great but making hooks out of Plastic and expecting heavy things to be tied down with them is a really bad idea. I like that you said 25lbs was recommended, but most the things that I haul weigh more than that. Any thoughts on making this design with a tougher and heavier load in mind?

  • MATTHEW
    MATTHEW
    11/4/2014 12:52 PM

    oops sorry rubber, not plastic

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 1:01 PM

    @MATTHEW Thanks for your comment, Matthew, I'm glad you brought it up. As I mentioned to Nathan, these are for securing your gear to your conveyance, such as your camping stuff to your ATV/UTV, not for tying your ATV to a flatbed. For now, that sort of job is best done with a ratchet strap. Having said that, the rubber in our straps is solid rubber, not a bunch of little strands of rubber, and it's UV- and marine-resistant, so it's stout and reliable. And, the plastic is high-impact ABS, which is both strong and flexible. So these straps are stronger than you might think. Still, we label them with absolute safety in mind because we don't want people to overload them and expose themselves and their gear to risk of damage/injury or loss. And -- in answer to your question -- YES! We have a heavier duty version in development right now. Our goal is to have light, medium, and heavy versions with the same user-friendly modular design in our lineup. And, we hope to launch each new version right here on The Grommet. Thanks again Matthew.

  • debbie
    debbie
    11/4/2014 12:50 PM

    Great idea!!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 1:04 PM

    @debbie Sweet of you to say, Debbie. :-)

  • Joel
    Joel
    11/4/2014 1:04 PM

    Great idea. But why is it so much more expensive than other tie-down systems I've seen? The materials are roughly the same, and there's no great complication I can see in the manufacturing of them. The flexibility is great, but you'd sell twice as many at half the price, and wind up with the same revenue but twice as many happy customers spreading the word...

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 1:20 PM

    @Joel A reasonable question, Joel, I understand your point of view. But, the cost of the materials is quite high. We look at it this way. Instead of buying a dozen different bungee cords to get *close* to the length you need for ordinary, standard tie-down tasks, one set (a 2-pack) of LYNX Hooks tie-downs gives you two sturdy tie-downs that each can adjust from 19 inches all the way out to 45 inches, and any length in between, securely. And if you need more than 45 inches, you can lock those two tiedowns together -- for a unified strap that can go all the way to 90 inches PLUS the stretch of the two rubber sections. And, because the rubber is both UV- and marine-resistant, you've got a system that'll last at least six times longer than standard rubber bungees. And (and!) you've got a system that doesn't require putting yourself, and your gear, at risk of injury, damage, and/or loss. We've found bungee cords to be dangerous, unreliable, and frustrating! We spared no expense to come up with tie-downs that address those problems, and we hope that the ultimate savings from using them will pay off pretty quickly. Thanks for your question!

  • kristan
    kristan – Grommet Team
    11/4/2014 1:41 PM

    Hi Joel, Hi Karen. Kristan here from The Grommet. Thank you for the great dialogue regarding the LYNXHooks.

    The Grommet strives to support Makers of all shapes and sizes and the folks at LYNXHooks - and their high quality, trustworthy products - are evidence of that. You may be able to find a relatively similar product at your local hardware store, etc, but LYNXHooks exemplifies The Grommet's values, which is why they are here with us, today.

    We do appreciate your constructive feedback and hope we will see you again on one of our discussion boards soon.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 2:43 PM

    @kristan The Grommet rocks. It is a pleasure to field such good questions. :-)

  • jane
    jane
    11/4/2014 1:34 PM

    Theses look like a great design.

    I have w questions:

    how do the gift set and regular stash bag differ?

    how do the tie down ends work? You don't show any pictures of these and I don't understand if hook or literally tie down.

    Thanks.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 1:44 PM

    @jane The gift set is a Stash Bag plus an extra set of tie-downs. So, while the stash bag gives you the accessories (a 4-pack of Bobtails and a 4-pack of Gear Grabbers) plus two 2-packs of the tie-downs themselves (enough to make a four-way cluster), the extra set of tie-downs provided in the Gift Set gives you enough straps to make a six-way cluster, which is really handy for large, lumpy, uneven loads that include smaller packages warranting a few more "arms" to hold things in place.

    If I understand your second question correctly, what you mean by the ends of the tie-downs are our specialized, patented hooks. They lock together with an audible "click." To lock them you slip two hooks together "face to face" and "head to toe" and then pull, as shown in the video. To unhook them, you simply press the ends of the locked 2-hook unit together.

    Then, you can tighten using the adjustment buckle to make the strap portion precisely the length you need.

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    11/4/2014 1:35 PM

    The illustration o the Gift Set Stash Bag has a ring with six holes as a hub for the hooks, but when I look at the illustration of the contents of the bag, there is a hub with only four. What's up with that? I liked the looks of the six-holed set a a gift, but not with just four.

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 1:50 PM

    @Cynthia We've found that most people agree with you, Cynthia -- they want enough straps to be able to make that six-way cluster, so the folks at The Grommet came up with the idea of the Gift Set, which includes the Stash Bag (which contains two 2-packs of straps, enough to make a four-way cluster) plus an extra 2-pack of straps (bringing the total number of straps up to six, enough to make a six-way cluster). And, they've added that extra pair of straps at a discount. Win-win! :-) Thanks for the great question, Cynthia, giving me a chance to clear up the confusion.

  • Mark
    Mark
    11/4/2014 2:00 PM

    Karen, great idea, but I have one comment. I have yet to see a load rating specified anywhere. I frequently carry large ladders on the roof rack of my SUV, at freeway speeds, on trips that exceed 200 miles (round trip.) Given all the bouncing and wind buffeting, I'd want to be sure that my ladder didn't end up through the windshield of the car behind me. How much weight/strain will the LYNXHooks support?

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 2:17 PM

    @Mark Thanks Mark, as a bona fide worrier I tend to cringe and remember high school physics class (Force = Mass X Acceleration!) whenever anybody talks about tying an extension ladder to the roof of their vehicle and tearing down the highway, even when they use a ratchet strap for the job. In the future we will offer a heavy duty system that rivals the ratchet strap for such tasks, but with our current line we are addressing the frustrations and risks of securing camping gear and camera and/or hunting bounty to ATV, pack horse, backpack; securing chainsaw and fencing repair supplies to the back forty in your pickup; securing bicycle inside your van; securing Grandma's Christmas rocking chair inside your pickup, etc.... and we'll leave the ladders to the ratchet straps, for now. :-) Safety first! These are *light utility* tiedowns. Our goal here is to keep your stuff, and your eyes, safe, and not waste no time getting *out there* and having fun. You're an angel for letting me underline these safety issues. THANK YOU!!!

  • christopher
    christopher
    11/4/2014 2:20 PM

    @Mark I had the same great question as well, does the 25ib. capacity increase with each bobtail? I love the safety aspect of this product! also, does cold weather affect any part of this system? thank you for your response, chris

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 2:30 PM

    @christopher Yes! There definitely is an additive effect as the load is shared by multiple hooks and straps. This is especially true when the hooks are locked together, because they fit together like hand-in-glove and support each other. And, when in a cluster, the load not only is shared across the joined hooks but also divided among the straps, for an additional additive effect. It's tough to quantify it, though, because every load is different in weight and balance. So, we ask for common sense, and we add protection for our users with our 25 pound rating. As for weather effects, the tie-downs were field tested in all kinds of conditions -- from below zero degrees Fahrenheit, to 100 degrees F. The 25-pound rating is safe and secure throughout that range!

  • christopher
    christopher
    11/4/2014 2:43 PM

    @Karen Karen, your very sweet, a great "grommet!"

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 2:54 PM

    @christopher Now there's a compliment worth its weight in gold!

  • Nathan
    Nathan
    11/4/2014 7:32 PM

    At 01:09 is a quick shot of how it can be used with tarps, but I'm a little unclear exactly what's going on. Can you explain what the components are and how they work? They aren't in the Gift Set, correct?

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 8:04 PM

    @Nathan Actually those components are LYNXHooks Gear Grabbers, and there is a set of four of them in the Gift Set and in the Stash Bag. They create a channel that a LYNX Hook can press fabric through -- in the video at 1:09 the fabric happens to be a piece of Visqueen, but any sturdy fabric will do, including canvas, plastic tarp material, sweatshirt fabric, tent nylon, ballistic nylon, etc. the result is, an anchor point ON THE FABRIC -- WITHOUT DAMAGING THE FABRIC! It is really handy when you have a tarp and the grommet has ripped out or isn't in the right place. The anchor point made with the Gear Grabber is actually stronger than most tarp grommets. Great question Nathan. I should have clarified what the gear grabber is long before this! Thank you.

  • Nathan
    Nathan
    11/4/2014 9:28 PM

    @Karen 4 in the Gift Set! Nice! Thickness obviously depends on clearance between the hook and Grabber, but your examples seem a reasonable range, and I wouldn't want much give to a component that critical. So versatile and without puncture!

    Something else I appreciate about LYNXHooks is their form is fairly ergonomic with no harsh edges. It's also therefore more attractive than the typical ratchet strap which has all the charm of an interstate weigh-station ;-)

    The fact you can form hubs ad hoc puts this into a league of its own relative to other modular systems out there! Thanks for such an innovative, quality product, and I'm surely among throngs of Grommeteers who will enthusiastically greet your heavier-duty lines when they premiere!

  • Karen
    Karen – Special Guest
    11/4/2014 11:21 PM

    @Nathan Wow what a nice message to cap a really fun day.

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