Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner
Ease of Setup: easy, just follow laser-etched instructions
Price Paid: $2/each
Note Ize makes several versions of this device - this review is for the "small" which appears to be stamped out of 1/8" aluminum sheet metal, then machined a bit more before being sanded and laser etched.
The small Figure 9 is a tremendously useful little addition to my backpack. I usually carry at least 2 with me, since they weigh less than 0.2 ounces each and have so many applications. The basic purpose of the Figure 9 is for use a line tightener on anything from tent guy lines and camp clothes lines to tarp tie downs and whatever else you might need to quickly cinch down around the house.
My favorite features of this ingenious device:
1) So many different ways to attach the Figure 9 to a rope...I played with them for hours coming up with different ways to deal with one or more loose rope ends.
2) Strong and super light weight! The smalls are actually tested for up to 50 lbs tension, but only weigh around 0.2 ounces each.
3) Instructions are laser etched into the part just in case you forget how to do a basic set up.
4) No more stuck knots, just wrap the loose end as shown and it holds without having to actually tie any knots.
5) The price doesn't break my wallet.
I recommend the Figure 9 to anyone who uses rope around the camp for tent or hammock guy lines, bear bag tie-ups, tarp cooking shelter lines, etc.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Carabiner Figure 9 small rope tightener keeps rope tight without knots- the carabiner conveniently clips to fixed points for easy connection. This device from Nite Ize secures a load with high rope tension but avoids the hassle of tying, adjusting and untying knots. Fits braided rope 0.06 in. (2mm) - 0.19 in. (5mm). Load limit: 50 pounds. Maximum gate width: 0.38 in. (9mm). Instructions laser-etched on sides. Not intended for climbing or load-bearing use.
Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner Large with - New - Our innovative, patented Figure 9 tightens, tensions, and secures ropes without knotsa hassle-free alternative to untying difficult knots and using ropes that quickly lose tension. We've made it even easier to use by adding a carabiner clip that attaches to any fixed anchor point.
- Massey's Outfitters
The Nite Ize F9 Carabiner 2 Pack with Rope comes with 2 Rope Tightener and Tensioning Tools conveniently packaged with two 6 foot sections of 5/32 in. (3.5mm) nylon rope. New Carabiner Clip - Conveniently clips to fixed points for easy connection with a stainless steel spring gate. Eliminates the hassle of tying, adjusting and untying knots. Rope Tightener / Tensioning Tool Fits rope sizes: 3/16 in. (9mm) - 1/16 in. (3mm). Easy to follow directions right on the carabiner itself. Weight: .13 oz.. Dimensions: 1.5 in. W x 1.125 in. H x .125 in. D. Load Limit: 500 pounds
- Tahoe Mountain Sports
Easily achieve high rope tension to secure a load or to set up a tent rainfly with the Nite Ize Figure 9(TM) Carabiner Rope Tightener. Size large fits rope 3/8 in. (9mm) to 1/8 in. (3mm). Helpful tool for hanging food, setting up tent rainflies, and securing gear to vehicles.