Hooks for My Tarp Doors
Please note: what I am about to describe is not currently on the Dutchware site. I don't have an official name from Dutch for these items, but I did get permission first from Dutch before posting this product review. He saw my need from another post and sent me a solution without me even asking. That's how great a guy he is!
Dutch sent me a set of plastic hooks that work perfectly for my SuperFly Doors. They are easy to use one handed, stay in place in windy conditions, and are small and I don't worry about them snagging lines when putting the tarp away. I have tested them at home under very rainy and windy conditions with no problems. I took them into the field and let a total novice use them without much instruction with no problems. These hooks for my doors are great.
My best picture of these is this one:
Here are my fuzzy pictures of them in action.
Stowing the doors:
Closing the entry for easy in and out at night:
Hooking to a ring:
Hooking to my tarp tensioners:
Hooking to a post:
Hooking to the line (for tensioning):
Keeping the doors open:
They work great in keeping my doors hooked open or closed, and thought I'd share this quick review.
Awesome use for these.
Those not only look cool (as all Dutch products do) but they also look to be really functional (also like all Dutch products).
Ooh, I'm curious. Saying that because I recently put some of Dutch's plastic quilt hooks onto zing-it continuous loops, which I then prusik'd onto my panel pullout guy lines. They let me attach the long red guy lines around trees (wrap around and hook back onto line, or around an object and hook to opposite prusik), and I can also hook them onto the corner guy-lines for porch mode.
I said I'm curious b/c afterwards I thought that perhaps small (size #0) s-biner or even mitten hooks might be nice since they would prevent tangle issues, but you mentioned that you don't need to worry about snagging your lines so what are the design differences? Have a close-up pic?
Here's my setup for reference:
Side panel pullout lines in action (each red line is looped & hooked around a large downed branch out of frame):
Hooked to corner shock cord loop a la porch mode:
Looks like mitten hooks on steroids:)
After tying a whole bunch of taut-line hitches last weekend on my Superfly this may be just the type of thing I was looking for.
I tried the quilt hooks (there is another post somewhere with me using the ridge line hooks too). They work great, but they are a little harder to get off the line for use on doors, especially the entry door. I usually had to use two hands. The hooks that I am using for the doors that Dutch sent me have a small half ridge in the loop that holds the line in place, but doesn't take as much effort when I want to take them off. What's cool is they stay on well because of the leverage on the "handle" of the hook. Here is a sideways picture of them.... they are the one's that look like little bottle openers.
Here is a fuzzy picture in use. The line seems to be obscuring the hook somewhat. Maybe I'll get to take some better pictures with a real camera later this weekend.
I like the idea of using the quilt hook for the tie out. I'll probably use that idea on my tie outs for the WBBB shelf and other side.
I've been thinking about these ever since I saw the thread. I'm planning to use 4 of them to replace the oblong 3 holed style tensioners on my Shamu UQ. If that works I will probably buy a dozen more for other UQ's.
Dutch when will these be available & what is the name you are selling them under?
Dutch when will these be available & what is the name you are selling them under?[/QUOTE]
+1 I.need to replace my mitten hooks. I would love these.
You two can Pm me your addresses and I will send you a set for free. Honestly they were intended for another purpose. Snore machine used them for this purpose. Maybe I can get some feedback. I was thinking it should be more of a hook, but I rarely use doors so I'm just going by the OP's pictures.
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