Voile Straps

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Voile Straps

Postby pedalsheep » 9 Jan 2021, 4:59pm

Is anyone using these? They look great but are seriously expensive, interested to hear if anyone has any experience of them.
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Re: Voile Straps

Postby rotavator » 9 Jan 2021, 5:11pm

By coincidence I used one today to wrap around a cable before I put it away. Did the job nicely but goodness knows where it came from, I certainly didn't buy it.

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Re: Voile Straps

Postby simonineaston » 9 Jan 2021, 5:16pm

Years ago I used to marshal for Bristol's Biggest Bicycle Ride, and ended up one year with a handful of super-tough, slightly elastic, rubber luggage straps that had been used for signage. I still have two of them today, seemingly indistructable and which were for years were an essential part of my cycle-touring kit. Not Voile, tho' :roll:

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Re: Voile Straps

Postby hamster » 9 Jan 2021, 5:51pm

Voile Straps seem to be the default choice in bikepacking circles.

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Re: Voile Straps

Postby northerncyclist » 9 Jan 2021, 7:33pm

I use ROK straps for the top of my rear rack. They are excellent but just doing a price check they have nearly doubled in price in just three years. I can recommend them though..............I am trying to think of a use for the Voile straps which I have never seen before and to be honest I cannot think of anything. What would you use them for on a bicycle tour ?

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Re: Voile Straps

Postby Bmblbzzz » 9 Jan 2021, 8:02pm

Not specifically on tour, but one use is to thread through the lid loops of Barley or other saddlebag and hold a jacket there. Or a spare tyre, as some do. Restrap Fast Straps are very similar (but not orange), made in that there Yorkshire, and a little cheaper. Or at least they used to be a bit cheaper... https://restrap.com/collections/straps

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Re: Voile Straps

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Re: Voile Straps

Postby rualexander » 9 Jan 2021, 9:39pm

Reusable cable ties do the same job much cheaper, I stock up when Aldi have them in.

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Re: Voile Straps

Postby scottg » 10 Jan 2021, 12:47am

Toe straps make good cargo straps.
The bike shops sell their antique stock cheap,unless they're Pataraud.
Soma & Surly even made extra long ones, just for cargo.

The rubbery Voiles are good on nalgene bottles and sil nylon bags.
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Re: Voile Straps

Postby Redvee » 10 Jan 2021, 1:13am

I was looking for leather toe straps for a project and knew they'd be expensive but they were far more than I was prepared to pay as were nylon to straps so I bought from China and bought 5 pairs much cheaper than from Ebay etc.

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Re: Voile Straps

Postby st599_uk » 11 Jan 2021, 2:04pm

They seem to be exact replicas of the straps skiers use to tie skis together for transport, which are available cheaper from ski resort shops.
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Re: Voile Straps

Postby nsew » 11 Jan 2021, 3:37pm

Voile Straps / good quality ski straps, typically max out at 25 inches. Great for low volume packs but not for what some here like to haul around. They have the advantage of staying in place and remaining in a circular shape on a rack when not in use, making re-packing straightforward. They’re obviously more versatile in their use and attachment points but if all you want to do is lash a dry bag to a rack then two good quality bungee straps are the preferred method. Tubus bungee cords are the most versatile I’ve found, each one utilises 3 individual straps allowing for multiple configurations and they’re serviceable.
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Re: Voile Straps

Postby Bmblbzzz » 11 Jan 2021, 5:29pm

st599_uk wrote:They seem to be exact replicas of the straps skiers use to tie skis together for transport, which are available cheaper from ski resort shops.

IIRC Voile actually state this on their website.

Bungees: Personally I don't like them much. They need to be stretched quite tight to hold luggage securely, which in turn makes them difficult to hook on. And if they slip... ouch! I do like the cargo nets though.

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Re: Voile Straps

Postby hamish » 13 Jan 2021, 9:52pm

I use them for off road touring to keep bottles in place on forks and to attach stuff to the rack. They are good for stuff like that.