These cheap-ass tie-downs from Kwik Tek look pretty slick. Unlike ratchet-types, they simply lock and unlock to hold the strap in place — kind of like the strap on a backpack. We’re not suggesting that you throw away your ratcheting tie downs, but in our experience you just can’t have too big a variety of gear to tie-down crap to your truck or trailer.
And hey — for $8, why not have a set? You never know when you’ll want to tie down something small and they’ll be just the ticket.
Another hint: Get yourself a strong duffle bag in which to store all your tie-down gear. It’s far better than stuffing it all under the back seat. Also, always properly wrap and stow your tie downs after use so they’re not a tangled freakin’ mess when it comes time to get one out. If you’ve ever spent ten minutes looking for the other end of a specific tie down in the bag (or under the seat), you know what we mean.