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LoopRope beats bungee, hands-down

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If you’ve been through as many bungee cords in a lifetime as I have, you’ll know a good looking alternative when you see one. One glimpse at the LoopRope and I knew this had real possibilities. Not only that, this thing is much safer than your typical S-hook style bungee.

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After having been slapped in the face one-to-many times with a bungee, I’ve always kept my eyes open for a better alternative. With camping, hiking, road-tripping, and off-roading, there’s always the need for tie-down straps.

LoopRope is the ingenious invention of Jeff Dahl, who came up with the idea in 2009. Now referred to as Loop Technology, this strap offers unlimited adjustability while offering even more secure ways to lash down your loose items. It’s awesome to see how often the loops are in just the right place to grab your gear or to attach a second rope.

The LoopRope comes in two lengths – three-foot and five-foot. The three-footer gives you four loops along its length (in addition to the two at the ends.) The five-footer gives you eight plus the end two.

It’s amazing how many uses you’ll find for things to slip into those loops. I recently discovered that it was just the answer to a photographic problem I had with my Ogio backpack. As much as I love it, it wouldn’t accommodate my tripod, so whenever I had a photo shoot, I needed to transfer everything over to a dedicated photo backpack. Major pain!

Now, I can use the water bottle pocket on the Ogio to support the legs of my tripod and use the LoopRope to secure the top of it. No matter how full or empty the backpack, the LoopRope can be pulled up nice and snug. If does a great job of supporting the tripod and the loop slips over the top of the tripod head without scratching the finish. Problem solved.

The uses are pretty limitless for this gadget as the video points out. The LoopClip carabiners are also available individually and you’re going to find plenty of uses for them as well.

This will cost you more than a bungee, but my guess is that you’ll be pitching your bungees once you try one of these. Check them out at LoopRope.com.

This product is featured in my 2013 Gift Guide along with some other great products. Check out all our gift guide selections.

This product is has been awarded the Senior Citizen’s Thumbs-Up rating on DougBardwell.com. Check the Senior’s page for more recommended products for those 65 and up.

Doug Bardwell, based in Cleveland, OH, writes about interesting new travel technology topics, across the country and around the world at DougBardwell.com. Feel free to drop him a line at travel.dougbardwell@gmail.com with suggestions for future products to be reviewed. If you've ever used one of the products he's reviewed, please leave your thoughts in the comment box below. To get his stories delivered to your inbox, click the RSS feed or the "Subscribe" button above or follow him on Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the LoopRope for free from LoopRope.com as coordinated by Deep Creek PR an Outdoor Retailer Public Relations Company in consideration for review publication.

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