By Patrick Engleman


I never thought that I would review a bungee cord. They are ubiquitous in our lives. They occupy car trunks and dad’s basement in reverent stay waiting to be stretched into action. The brightly colored and wound stretchy fabric has been used for a few decades now. It replaces rope tie downs and rubber cords pressed into service in the same manner now reserved for the bungee cord. You could buy them in all sorts of colors, lengths, and densities – yet they have one major flaw. The hook that attaches the bungee to itself or the fastened object is made of a metal so malleable it has the flexibility of very cold mercury. Inadequate metal hooks attached to elastic ropes have been the downfall of many mattresses found on the highway shoulder and have, without a doubt, caused their fair share of relieved exhalations when home improvers have found both eyes still in their sockets after a premature elastic energy release. The LoopRope fastening system has changed all of this.

This bungee cord alternative is a great tool for all outdoors enthusiast because it is so versatile. We have been using the five foot version of the LoopRope for everything from gear drying to moving bikes in the back of our race wagon. The 5 foot orange colored rope has ten loops built into it. The loops act as extra tie-down areas for more LoopRopes, or you can tie you own fastener off to your LoopRope. The five foot rope comes in six colors and includes two 75lb rated military level s-style dual action carabiners. The LoopRopes are also available in three and four foot configurations as well.

I honestly have found a bunch of uses for this rope. I have used it for pre-drying gross gear between some trees. I have used it to tie down six bikes in my vehicle to prevent them from shifting. They didn’t move an inch while hooked down with the LoopRope.

I highly recommend this Oregon-based company, and I love this product so much I gave one to my contractor and plan to buy a few for a long distance bike tour this summer. You can find these ropes at your local hardware store, some online retailers, or you can order it directly from looprope.com.

Pat Engleman is a native of North Eastern Pennsylvania but he has been living in Philadelphia for the last twenty years. Cycling was his way to get to different skateboarding spots in his small hometown, but that has blossomed to a full blown passion that has grown into racing, advocacy work, trail building, bicycle retail and event promotion. His most recent work has been in the development of the annual Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo and of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Cycling League, http://www.pamtb.org.