My Observation of Ratchet Tie Down Reviews on Amazon
Let me say that in reviewing the reviews of ratchet tie downs, I have come to the conclusion that I really can’t trust any of them. This category especially is fraught with “I received this product for my unbiased review.” Statistics show that these reviews are anything but unbiased. So, I really had to dig deep to come up with a product recommendation for Ratchet Tie Downs. It is not the EVEREST Ratchet Tie Downs that I own (And that I actually like a lot).
SUPER SMITHEE Ratchet Straps
What I am looking for in Ratchet Tie Downs:
1). Ease of Use: There is nothing more humiliating for an alpha male than to be loading up the cargo in his truck with his friends and clumsily trying to work the ratchet tie downs. It is emasculating. So, when I bought my ratchet tie downs for my truck, I made sure to get some that were easy to use: I’m not going to lie, the Everest ratchet tie downs took me a while to get used to. I even now sometimes have to remind myself how to use them. *In Everest defense – I am not the best with my hands. Not mechanically minded.
2). Heavy Duty: If you are going to be strapping something down, you can’t afford to have the ratchets slacken or lose strength, fray or break. I think a lot of these options are heavy duty enough to work. Here is my order of heavy duty straps:
a). Super Smithee: Reviews seem to be trustworthy that these are heavy duty and will not slack, flap or frey
b). Mann Ratchet: Again a heavy duty ratchet:
c). Everest: I have owned my Everest Straps for almost 4 years. I have carried heavy loads often. I have never had a problem with these in the strength department:
*WARNING: Please understand that I am reviewing small ratchet sets. If you are a construction worker or professional appliance mover you are going to want the really heavy duty ratchet sets. Something like these KEEPER Straps: (Which I have used and highly recommend for big jobs).
Here are photos of my Everest Straps in use 4 years after I bought them. Again, I have never had an issue with their strength or durability.
Drove for miles with this couch in my back. The line was as tight when I arrived at my destination as when I left.
3). Price: All of these ratchet sets are reasonably priced. I would say that the Super Smithee’s are the highest priced out of all of them. You get TWO for about $18 (but it does come with a carrying case). You will spend about $15 to $20 on a decent set of ratchets.
4). Finger Saving: I will say that I am impressed with the Vault Cargo Management Ratchet that came up with a Plastic Trigger release that saves your finger from minor pain:
*Note: These Vault Management Ratchets appear to be the highest volume seller on Amazon at the time I wrote this review. I just don’t feel comfortable with all of the Biased reviews written about this set. Yet, I like them. I think they would work well.
5). Properly Shaped S: Ok. This may be difficult to explain. But you want a ratchet set that secures and locks in place with the Plastic S. This piece:
The Everest Tie Down set is properly designed. It fits and doesn’t slip:
Now there is a review on the ROCKET STRAPS ratchet that says that the S doesn’t come down far enough and slips out. I would consider this a deal breaker.
6). Carrying Case: Not all of the Ratchets come with a carrying case. This is a pain. I have to wad up my Everest Ratchets and put them under my truck seats. They get tangled and cause a mess. I wouldn’t buy again without a carrying case of some sort.
7). Easy to Release: Some of these have better designed release mechanisms. It can get difficult when you ratchet your cargo and arrive to your destination than you can’t release the tension. I think there are problems with the Vault Management ratchet release mechanism. Maybe not problems. But it is more difficult than the others. The Everest tie downs are also not a piece of cake to release.
I was in review distress when I created this article about Ratchet Tie Downs. There are just TOO MANY BIASED REVIEWS in this category on amazon. I think that I have come to a conclusion that I will live with. Although I have actually loved my Everest Ratchet set and I would recommend it highly. I am going to go with the Super Smithee Tie Downs as my favorite:
SUPER SMITHEE Ratchet Straps