I have a love/hate relationship with zip ties. Almost as reliable a travel gear solution as duct tape, zip ties help bundle items together, attach items to your pack, and secure bags. But they’re made from plastic, and once you use one, its life is over and you have to throw it away.
Now there’s a reusable version of zip ties in Matador Re-Ties.
Made from a durable rubber material and plastic toggle, the multi-purpose ties are easy to use by sliding the rubber tab over the plastic toggle and adjusting to desired tightness. To release, slide the tab back over the toggle.
Small in size but big in utility, Re-Ties are useful to pack along on a trip even if you’re not sure you’ll use them. Then, when you need a hanger for your toiletry kit, twine to secure your trekking poles, or something to keep all your charging cables together, just pull one out. The ties are 12 inches long (can adjust from 1 inch to 12 inches in circumference) and can hold a 15-pound maximum load.
While, like regular zip ties, they won’t necessarily keep a thief out of your bags if he’s dedicated to breaking in, the Re-Ties add an element of challenge when someone wants to break in quickly, and are likely to make the thief look elsewhere.
Re-Ties are now part of my regular travel kit that I pack on all my trips. While some items get added or subtracted depending on the journey to come, Re-Ties stay in the kit for all my trips. You never know when you’ll need them.
Re-Ties are available in packs of four and list for $10.99 on the Matador site.