Niteize Accessories claims these “Figure 9” rope tighteners let you easily tension and secure tie-down rope. You can either loop rope through the closed section to place it in the middle of a rope, or tie it to the rope to attach it on the end. Then you pull the rope around the “#2” hook to tension it and through the barbed “#3” hook to trap it.
The website shows all sorts of examples of use ranging from tying a car’s hatchback down to hanging a sign and holding down a tent.
As always with these type of connectors, I’m a bit torn. On one hand, you can replace these for free by simply learning to tie a few knots, the upshot of which is that you can tie down gear any time and anywhere using your knowledge instead of a gimmick. But on the other hand, these look quite convenient.
They’re pretty cheap, too. They come in two sizes: small ($2 each) and large ($4 each). What do you think? Good stuff, or just learn to tie knots correctly?
The Figure 9 [Niteize Accessories]