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Thule Load Straps Review

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Review of the Thule Load Straps


Today we'll be taking a quick look at the Thule load straps in a 2-pack, part number TH523. These load straps have a wide variety of uses from securing your kayak here on the roof of your car, or also securing a load in a cargo basket. It's made of a heavy-duty polypropylene material which is strong, durable and corrosion resistant. It's 1 inch wide by by 15 feet long and it is good for double-wrapping your cargo. The way that these straps are designed is it is a cam buckle design and you can see that there are not hooks on both ends of the strap, which means you have to take the strap back around your load and hook it back into the buckle, which basically cuts the usable length of the strap in half, so about 7 1/2'. Also included are these rubber bumpers. These rubber bumpers are going to go over the silver cam buckle. You can see here, we already have our kayak all loaded up.

This rubber piece is going to protect the cam buckle from digging into the plastic of our kayak. Also, what other gear that you have, it's going to protect it from any scratches, abrasions and protect any painted surfaces. Now over here on the back side of our kayak, we're ready to install the straps to secure our kayak to the kayak rack. Basically what I'm going to do is unravel the strap and then I'm going to slide the bumper down onto and over the silver cam buckle. So we'll take the one end of the strap and insert it through the larger opening in the rubber protective bumper, and we'll pull it out the other side. We'll just pull this all the way out completely over the cam buckle, like that.

Everything's all, basically, the whole entire cam buckle is completely surrounded by this rubber protective pad. Now what I'll do is I'll insert one end of the strap through the back side of our kayak rack. Then I'll throw this over the top, being careful not to throw it too far so it doesn't hit the top of your roof, then I'll throw the remaining strap over. I'll just repeat the same process for the back side. Now we're on the other side of our kayak and we'll bring the strap around the underside of our cross bar and take it back up to the cam buckle. We'll need to push back on the rubber bumper to expose the cam buckle, push down on that tab, insert the end of the strap through the buckle and pull it tight. Then, you can pull that rubber protective pad back down over the buckle. Then with the strap tight, we can go ahead and secure the excess strap.

Then, we'll just repeat the same process for the back strap. Now that we've got our kayak all loaded up and secure using the Thule load straps, that will complete today's review of part number TH523. .


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Employee Matthew K
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Matthew K
Employee Sue W
Video by:
Sue W
Employee Chad S
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Chad S

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