MXA PRODUCT TEST:
PRO TAPER 1-1/2-INCH TIE-DOWNS
WHAT IS IT? Pro Taper’s solution to all of the common problems that are found on many standard tie-downs.
WHAT’S IT COST? $34.99.
(1) Straps. Pro Taper made sure that their tie-downs were long enough. Their tie-downs are longer and wider than standard-issue straps. They measure 70 inches in length and 1-1/2 inches wide. The increased width does tend to hum on the freeway if not tucked in. As for the extra-long strap ends, they are Velcro secured to keep the excess material from flapping in transit.
(2) Attachment. There are two features that help secure your bike:
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? On rare occasions, the carabiniere safety hook jammed shut and refused to open.
The Pro Taper tie-downs are top-notch. They address many common problems and make it easier to transport your bike.