What’s the most common problem associated with the bungee cord? It’s like Goldilocks and the Three Bears — This one’s too long! This one’s too short! This one’s just right!
Just right might best describe Nite Ize’s KnotBone Adjustable Bungee (available in two sizes — size 5 that goes from 6 inches to 28 inches long, and the other, size 9 that goes from 10 inches to 48 inches long). The length easily can be tailored to suit your tie-down needs.
The folks at Nite Ize constantly are dreaming up new ideas to make your life a little more simple. (See last week’s Gear Box on the KnotBone knot replacement.)
The adjustable bungee uses the same concept of adjusting the length of the bungee without having to tie a knot while assuring that your have just the right length to apply the proper tension. (The company advises that you should not stretch the cord more than 50 percent of its original length.) “Overstretching cord can cause hook or cord failure resulting in uncontrolled release. Uncontrolled release can cause severe injury to unprotected body parts, particularly eyes,” Nite Ize cautions.
How does it work? It’s simple enough (“even a caveman could do it”) to make a length adjustment. Unclip the end of the cord, pull the tag end free of the clip’s holder and unwrap (just one turn). Pull the tag end through the clip to shorten the line. Then wrap the tag end around the clip body once and snap it into the retainer clip. Fasten the tag end to the cord (see picture).
Notice the clip has a wire gate like a carabiner that keeps the hook where you want it.
The retail price is $4.99 for the size 5 model, $9.99 for the size 9.