Whether you’re heading out on a weekend camping trip or moving a valuable antique from one relative’s house to the other, when you have things you need to secure in the back of your truck, you want to be sure you’ve done the job right before setting out on the road. This is where it becomes imperative that you have the right tie-down equipment. A shock cord or two will go a long way in buying you peace of mind that the load you’re hauling will stay put for the duration of your journey.
Shock cords can provide a number of benefits over other securing devices. For instance, simple ropes just don’t allow for any give. When you plan to secure your load with rope, you must make sure you have the right length of rope. You’ll be crying, “Woe is me” if you underestimate by even a few inches, because the lack of give won’t allow you to “cheat” in any way, shape, form, or fashion. You’re stuck with your predicament if your rope is too short, and you’ll find yourself either tying two ropes together or abandoning the whole project and starting over with another longer rope. Shock cords, in contrast, are elastic and will give you those extra few inches you need.
Another benefit shock cord has over simple rope is the fact that it can be purchased with hooks on both ends. This means you can toss your Boy Scouts’ book of knots in the trash, finally. You’ll also find that shock cords provide an advantage over things like ratchet straps. How many times have you had a ratchet strap come loose from around your cargo? If you haven’t, count yourself lucky. Unless you’re an expert at tightening these contraptions, you simply run the risk of miscalculating the tightness you need and seeing it come loose mid-journey. Shock cords, on the other hand, naturally provide just the right amount of tension once you secure them around your load. There’s really no calculation involved on your part when tightening them around the cargo you need to haul. In most cases, you simply attach one end of the cord to an anchor point, stretch it around the item, make sure it’s secure, and fasten the other end to another anchor point.