I have used lots of different ratchet straps, both at work and for motorcycles. The Pro Taper tie down straps are surprisingly heavier than I thought they would be. The swivel carabineer eliminates twists in the straps and the hook and loop ties are great to tie up the loose ends while traveling and for storage.
The pro taper tie downs are sweet !!! They look great with the pro taper logo. Love the colors on it. My favorite is the swivel feature and Velcro straps to secure the tie down:) I would buy another set anyday
I just measured my pro taper tie downs. I got 82 inches from outside edge of carabiner to end of soft strap and 70 inches from outside edge of carabiner to outside edge of other hook. i measured the tie down with the loop of the strap that you pull at the locking mechinism as to extend the strap to its fullest amount.
The newest tie-downs from Pro Taper feature springloaded carabiner-style hooks, extra-wide 1.5-inch straps, soft-tie design, and swiveled carabiners.
What is the main annoyance of tie-downs? For us, it's untwisting them while we hold our bike up to make sure the strap is flat and straight when we pull them taut. With the swiveled Pro Taper tie-downs, just tie and pull. When the strap gets tight, the swivel will spin the straps flat. Also, the carabiner is burly, so clipping them to your Bed Buddy or hauler is confidence inspiring. Another trick feature is the Velcro tabs on the end of the straps that can be used to cinch up your tie-downs when they are folded up for storage, or anchoring down the loose ends when they are holding a bike in place-no more flailing straps whipping at your truck windows while you fly down the highway.
Not one of us here at TWMX utilizes the soft strap. We find it to be an unnecessary process, but then again, we don't pay for our handlebars and don't mind if they get scratched up.
These tie-downs are pretty trick, and while we don't need the soft-tie system, we are willing to bet most everyone else does. The swivel is a great feature and it allows the tie-downs to be that much more versatile.