The ShockStrap has a Flexible Urethane component that acts as a shock absorber. The ShockStrap absorbs the constant shocks of the road by taking all the movement and keeping constant tension on the strap so it doesn’t come loose. When you pull on the strap and stretch the ShockStrap a ½ inch or more you are ready to go. Please see our videos comparing straps.
Why do all ratchet straps have a strap around the Urethane?
The strap is for two purposes. First it is a limiter so you won’t over ratchet your straps. It is also a Safety Strap so if the Urethane were to break you have a backup strap. We use grade 8 bolts so you can order a replacement ShockStrap and have a complete strap again.
Is it durable?
We have over 100,000 customers World Wide with over 10 years of use with the same straps. Our Ratchet and Cam strap warranty is 2 years (see warranty page). Like any strap, ShockStraps can break if used improperly or wear out over time. If any part of your strap looks damaged you should replace them immediately. Your safety is our first concern.
What is ShockStrap made of?
It is a proprietary Urethane based formula that has taken years to perfect.
What is the webbing made of?
It is 100% polyester which is one of the best materials for tie down straps. The properties are a low abrasion rate, a high UV tolerance and sheds water better than webbing made of nylon or polypropylene (see blog).
Will the hooks or cam buckle rust?
We coat our metal with a yellow zinc chromate finish, which offers better weather resistance and durability compared to standard chrome plating. Over the years they may start to rust but will still be functional.
How does the Sun affect it?
We have customers in Tucson Arizona that have used the straps for over 5 years. UV will always take its toll on any strap. Our new Ratchet Strap versions are bolted on so we can replace the Urethane ShockStrap years from now. We always recommend keeping your ShockStraps out of the elements when not in use.
How does the cold affect it?
It is much harder to stretch but works just fine. In a hot region you might stretch the strap 2 inches and in subzero you will only get about ½ of stretch. We have customers in Alaska that are using ShockStraps year-round with their snowmobiles, boats and 4 wheelers.
Does the Cam Buckle really work?
The same Cam has been shipping for over 15 years. If you look at the teeth they are very large and aggressive compared to our competition. They set deep but release easily with the push of the button.
Is there a larger ShockStrap for the commercial trucking world?
We do have customers using our new E-track. We also are working on a larger flat hook strap for stake bed trucks. Today we have commercial truckers using our 19 foot cam ShockStraps inside commercial trailers. One company shared their damage claims showing proof that once they switched to ShockStraps they have dramatically reduced (4% to under .5%) insurance claims compared to their standard ratchet straps.
How far will it stretch?
They will always break if you stretch them past 28 inches. We have stretched them past 18 inches for a week at a time in 36 degree temperatures and they still go back to within a quarter inch of their original size and maintain their flexibility. A typical adult can only stretch them from 1 to 2 inches and it is not required to stretch them that far to work effectively.
Can I pull the Cam strap from the bottom up or just from the top down when setting my straps?
Either way works just fine. There are definitely situations like an enclosed trailer where you don’t have leverage to pull from the top down. Reverse the strap and pull straight up to stretch and engage ShockStraps.
Will you make a smaller one that we could use on a dog leash?
There are a lot of good solutions for that market already so there are no plans to develop one at this time.
The best Ratchet Straps and Tie Down Straps. ShockStraps do not come loose. Ratchet Straps come with a Two Year Warranty. Enjoy increased safety, reliability, and peace of mind.