How a Cinch Strap Is Used

Cinch straps have a surprisingly long history. While these capable devices are commonly employed in modern applications, they go back to the days when beasts of burden were the primary means of human transportation. Although today's hook and loop cinch straps are vastly improved on their original predecessors, they still share some of the same basic design considerations.

The yellow hook is fed through the plastic ring and brought back onto the loop.How to Use Cinch Straps

The yellow hook is fed through the plastic ring and brought back onto the loop. Cinch straps consist of a strip of flexible cloth affixed to a ring, and they rely entirely on the strengths of the materials they employ. The free end of the strap or webbing is wrapped around the material to be held in place and then woven through the ring at its opposite end. Finally, it's tightened, or cinched, before being doubled back the way it came and secured in place.

Traditional saddle and harness cinches relied on a second ring or adjuster that the loose end could be pulled through; friction then ensured that it remained stable. With the invention of new fasteners, however, the second assembly could be entirely eliminated.

Instead of employing friction forces to resist typical motion that might lead to unwanted loosening, modern cinch straps use hook-and-loop closures. These fastening surfaces can be embedded on the strap instead of relying on a bulky extra assembly, which reduces the space needed to store such devices. Furthermore, the fact that hook and loop fasteners are best at resisting shear stresses allows them to perform well in cinch applications; shear forces operate in the same lateral direction that friction does, so modern hook and loop cinch straps can be patterned on largely similar designs.

Various tip styles, including EZ Peel (top), Straight (middle), and Bullet Nose (bottom).

Hook and Loop Cinch Strap Uses

Cinch straps are extremely versatile. Because their hook and loop surfaces can be made to cover any desired length of the strap, they can be adjusted to fit the load at hand. In addition, the strap can be manufactured using strong polypropylene webbing to ensure the same shear forces that induce the hooks and loops to engage tightly don't stretch the strap material, reinforcing the strap.

Due to their durability, hook and loop cinch straps may be employed in applications where environmental exposure and vibration might present problems, such as pallet trucking, freight management and outdoor sporting. Their straightforward design also means that they require little training or preparation to use quickly and properly, making them important components of some emergency-response gear. Order custom hook and loop straps in your choice of style, material, color, and size!