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Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener

photo: Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener line tensioner/clip


Price Current Retail: $2.79-$9.99
Historic Range: $2.23-$9.99
Weight 0.60 oz / 17g
Fits rope sizes 1/16 - 3/16 in / 2 - 5mm
Dimensions 1.36 x 2.63 x 0.59 in / 34.5 x 66.7 x 14.9 mm


3 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Idiot-proof ridgeline setup.


  • Ease of use
  • Great for beginners
  • Versatile


  • Knots are lighter
  • May slip under extreme weight

Great for kids to use or someone extremely new to knots/hanging ridge lines.

I bought these last minute to make it easy for my son to hang his tarp over his hammock. It really does not get any easier. Just a loop in one end and the hook end on the tarp tether. It takes no time.

I can’t remember the total weight of these, but it was just a few ounces total in the plastic version. They also make an aluminum version for something a little more heavy duty. You just pull the slack through the cams and it locks in.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $6 for a pair at Lowe’s


Welcome to Trailspace, Steve! Thanks for sharing a review of these.

1 year ago

This is definitely a handy tool to have around the campsite. It clips on to about anything and allows you to tie down and tighten rope without any knots! It is quick to tighten and quick to release.


  • Quick to use
  • Quick release
  • No knots required
  • Holds tight tensions
  • Lightweight


  • Plastic construction

The CamJam has become one of those products that I always have hooked on to my gear because I always want it with me when I'm camping. One thing that I cannot stand is having a knot tighten up too much much to where it's near impossible to get undone. Also, it's kind of frustrating when you have something hanging or relying on a knot and the knot comes untied. The CamJam makes cord tightening and release a breeze! I've used them for so many different things such as: 

  • clothes line
  • ridge line above hammock
  • rain tarp tension
  • truck bed tie down

The CamJam comes in handy for basically anything that you need to adjust tension on a cord for. All you do is run the cord end through the hole on the CamJam and pull it down (see video). To release the cord, you just pull the chord out of the tightening mechanism. No Knots, No Hassle!

The CamJam is made out of plastic which seems like it could wear out easily, although I have never had one to not function properly. I have had mine set up in rain, sun and cold and it seems to withstand the elements. 

I think that you will be very satisfied with this product and will be able to find many uses for it. It is one of those products that just makes life easier! 


This item is ideal for the person who travels light and needs to make camp and break camp quickly. A must have if you use a tarp for shelter as opposed to a tent.


  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to carry
  • Compatible with 550 paracord


  • Can not hold the weight that solid metal can

I have used Nite Ize Cam Jams a lot in the past two years. They have become my favorite way to fasten my tarp shelters securely and quickly. They allow me to quickly break down camp and pack up, rather than sitting around fighting a knot when I need to move on in a hurry.

I really like how they are compatible with 550 paracord and how easy they are to adjust while in the act of setup. Their quick release metal clip also makes break down lightning fast.

Source: bought it new


Thanks for the review of these, Steven. They sound quite handy.

7 years ago

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