Conveniently tie up those loose ends with these storage straps and keep your gear tidy.
As technology has advanced, several issues and needs have been addressed, modified, reduced, or completely eliminated. Despite the improvements and changes, more devices means more cables, power plugs, and clutter. Although I am content to be a “piles-guy” at work, knowing where each paper is in its representative stack, I have an aversion to cable clutter. To reduce the visual distraction of the cable cacophony, I utilize cable straps, cable ties, 3M tape-paired wall/desk mounts, hubs, and quirks of devices to hide their cables strategically. Recently, I have turned to Wrap-It Storage strap solutions to enhance my home/office cable management.
The Wrap-It Super-Stretch Storage kit arrived in a black-colored 9 5/8 inches long by 4 1/4 inches wide by 1 5/8 inches thick retail package. Instead of a bland, standard, white-colored outer shell, the company used a matte-black surface color. The bright yellow accent surrounding the “Wrap-It” name paired beautifully with the yellow font “Storage.” The resulting contrast provided a vibrant, eye-catching, high-vis logo on the cover, side, top, and bottom panels. The white-colored rear sticker showcased three possible uses for the “Super-Stretch Wrap-IT Storage Straps.” Like the cover, the rear panel successfully employed yellow accents to highlight the title and logos. You will find three product features (1. Stretches to 1.5x the original length. 2. Weatherproof. 3. Multi-purpose) and demonstration images. I liked that the company used the images of the Wrap-It straps to constrain the power cords of an iron, hand vacuum, extension cord, sander cord, and Shop Vac. Each provided a valuable example of the benefits of the Wrap-It straps. Lastly, the rear panel provided a product SKU barcode, an informational QR code, and a note that the product is not weight or strap-rated and should not be used to hang or lash anything.
Within the box, I found eight multi-sized Wrap-It Storage straps. The two smallest straps (6”) measured 7 1/8 inches long by 1 inch wide from buckle to strap tip. Each had a well-stitched elastic buckle segment, a 4 1/2 inches long loop segment, and a 2 inches long hoop segment. I could stretch the 6 3/4 inches long elastic strap to approximately 13-inches. The outer elastic segment had a 1 15/16 inches long by 1 inch wide Wrap-It logo patch, which was oriented parallel with the strap. The patch was similar to the cover logo but added red accents for “Super Stretch,” and “Storage Strap.” These straps were perfect for smaller appliances/tools, and shorter extension cords, but were a bit hefty for USB cables. If you are looking for USB-A, USB-C or smaller cable ties, the Wrap-It storage company Self-Gripping Cable Ties may provide a more optimal form/function. Additionally, if desired, they also make a few varieties of hook/loop cable labels.
The next-sized strap (9”) measured 9 3/4 inches long (buckle to tip) by 1 1/2 inches wide. The strap provided a 7/8 inches tall by 1 13/16 inches wide buckle, a well-stitched elastic attachment point, an 8 5/8 inches long loop segment, and a 1 1/2 inches long hook segment. With effort, I could stretch the strap from 9 1/4 inches to approximately 17 inches long. You will find a 1 1/2 inches wide by 1-inch tall Wrap-It Storage patch on the outer surface of the elastic band. Unlike the smaller patch, the larger patches were oriented perpendicular to the strap, rather than in-line. The wider/longer (9”) strap worked well for small to medium appliance cables, but not as well as the medium-large 12” strap.
The third strap measured 12 3/4 inches long from buckle to strap and was 2 inches wide. The 2 1/4 inches wide by 7/8 inches tall buckle was attached to a well-stitched elastic loop, a 10 3/4 inches long hoop segment, and a 2-inches long hoop segment. I could stretch the 12” strap to approximately 21 inches in length. Lastly, the largest 18″ strap measured 18 7/8 inches long by 2 inches wide from the buckle to the tip. The 2 1/4 inches wide by 7/8 inches tall buckle was attached to a well-stitched elastic loop, a 16 1/8 inches long loop segment, and a 2-inches long hook segment. I was able to stretch the elastic strap to approximately 32 inches long.
To utilize the straps, you can wrap the strap around your cables and affix the hook section to the loop section. Even though this method will bundle your cables, it will not utilize the buckle, and is not as adaptable as the true intended use. For optimized use, place the Wrap-It strap Velcro down, position your coiled/folded cable on the back of the elastic strap, then insert the end of the strap through the buckle with the hook segment facing upward. Pull the hook segment away from the buckle, stretch the strap around/over your cable, then affix the hook segment to the loop segment. It is important to choose the proper size strap based on the size of the coiled, circular, figure of 8, or daisy chained cable. The secure hook-loop segment should remain attached until you decide to release the strap. The super stretch kit will work better for items inside a drawer, organizer, or tool box. If you need to hang items, Wrap-It has better options than the Stretch straps.
If you are interested in a jack-of-all-trades strap kit, I would recommend the Wrap-It Storage Super-Stretch 8-pack. The inclusion of small, medium, medium-large, and large straps ensured a variety of options, but may not be the best option for some smaller tasks. I appreciated the elastic nature of the straps, the durability, weather resistance, the strength of the hook-loop (Velcro), and the overall design. However, I would have preferred that these straps had a grommet like the heavy-duty straps or a hook/carry strap like the Easy Carry Storage Straps. Check out the Wrap-It website for your back-to-school cable management needs. You may find the perfect stocking stuffer for the holidays.