Current Retail: $3.95-$8.50
Historic Range: $3.71-$75.00
These are a quick fix repair buckle for backpacking, kayaking, and hiking gear. These come in different sizes from 15mm (5/8 inch) up to the larger sizes. Hard to find in the outdoor store, I snapped up a set of the Side Release in 15mm and a ladder lock also in 15mm. Was I impressed? Yup! My tent/backpack repair kit now contains these small wonders.
- Easy to replace old broken buckles
- Need a very small Phillips head in order to use in the field
- Prior planning...
I have looked for these when I saw a video of them a while back. I have needed replacement buckles in the past with my equipment and have a few of the replacements for repairs once I get home from a trip. But, to have these on the trail could be handy. I finally found these (although only 15mm) in a local outdoor store and purchased them for my carry tent/backpack repair kit.
Easy to use. Although a very small Phillips is needed. Place the stainless steel pin through the canvas strap loop of old buckle and repair is complete!
I created a new repair kit within minutes with these new buckles.
The cost is normal Sea to Summit (high), at 4.99 Euro for the Side Release Buckle and 3.99 Euro for the Ladder Buckle. As usual the Sea to Summit guys knew that this fast and easy fix would be well worth the money spent and the frustration of either finding a cheaper solution.
I would not think this would be handy for someone who is not careful when in a crisis situation as the pin is very small and could fall into tall grass and never be found! Or the mud! Be careful and mindful of this. Also the pin is small and may be hard for people with larger hands to handle when the weather conditions are not the best.
Again, a very small Phillips is needed. Not all multitools have one small enough for this repair. Test at home prior to using on the trail. Prepare ahead of time for the correct tool or quick fix and wait to use this repair once you return home.
I was very happy with this purchase and testing it out and now having it in my tool kit for backpacking. Would I recommend? Yes!
Tested at the house on my own backpacking gear. Not in emergency situation.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 5 Euro