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Has anyone seen these buckles for sale?
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Gregory Hardy

Locale: North Carolina
Has anyone seen these buckles for sale? on 08/01/2013 17:36:50 MDT Print View

Hello, I am looking to purchase these "load locking" buckles, but I cant find any US retailers. I was hoping someone here has come across them before. I think they provide a real eloquent alternative over the classic male/female clip buckles. They are used primarily on alpine climbing packs. The photo is a pack from Blue Ice, a grown cottage company based out of Chamonix, FR. Lowe alpine packs also have a patented version of this buckle which they do sell, but I've only found it from their UK site; but with the exchange rate and international shipping, Im hoping to find them in the US. Thanks for any help.


Thomas Vree
(Exploriment) - F

Locale: Niagara Escarpment
ITW G-Hooks on 08/01/2013 18:14:50 MDT Print View

Not exactly the same, but similar.

Some sources:

I'm sure you can find some others.

Gregory Hardy

Locale: North Carolina
Re: ITW G-Hooks on 08/02/2013 00:00:21 MDT Print View

Excellent, these will definitely work, thank you!

Tanner M
Re: Has anyone seen these buckles for sale? on 08/02/2013 03:51:53 MDT Print View

bra hooks are more similar to your picture.
These don't have the ladder lock.
They are sold for bathing suits or whichever things.
I used some in place of side release buckles to attach side compression straps.

Jesse Anderson
(jeepin05) - F

Locale: Land of Enchantment
Re: Re: Has anyone seen these buckles for sale? on 08/02/2013 07:39:04 MDT Print View

Thanks, the previously posted source looked pretty good, but was only available in 1" sizes. Your bra strap idea led to a great many other sizes all the way down to 1/4".

Here's a link to a company I found that sells a variety of sizes. I know nothing about the company nor can I vouch in any way for their service.

Bonus points, the company below indicates that the white nylon-coated metal hooks can be dyed with RIT, might be interesting for some MYOG projects.

Gregory Allen
(Gallen1119) - M

Locale: Golden, CO
Re: Re: Re: Has anyone seen these buckles for sale? on 08/02/2013 20:17:45 MDT Print View

Bonus is that most men can unbuckle those hooks with one hand in the dark.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: Re: Has anyone seen these buckles for sale? on 08/03/2013 00:53:22 MDT Print View

"Bonus is that most men can unbuckle those hooks with one hand in the dark."

And advanced stages of inebriation, leading to the concept of the "coyote date."

Tanner M
Re: Re: Re: Re: Has anyone seen these buckles for sale? on 08/03/2013 05:38:43 MDT Print View

I have found and used 3/4". Hadn't really thought to hunt other sizes. The nylon-for-dying hooks do sound fun. I made note of the hooks with the built in ladder lock as well.

I shifted into second gear in a way that caused the car to squiggle a bit. One girl had to refasten a clothing.

No hands :^)

alex hansen
1/2 inch? on 10/18/2013 00:17:38 MDT Print View

ive been searching all over for source on a 1/2 inch ladder locking G-hook. found the 1/2 inch size on sew sassy but they dont ladder lock. any other sources?

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Sea to summit on 10/19/2013 04:30:47 MDT Print View

Sea to Summit do a strap with these, in 3/8 or 3/4

alex hansen
yeah... on 10/19/2013 08:51:18 MDT Print View

i found those, but the strap i want to put them on is 1/2 inch, guess i will have to remove the strap and replace it with a 3/8. i was already planning to use a 3/4 on the hipbelt of my pack

Andrew Wilson
(andreww) - MLife

Locale: Vosges
Crash Pad Buckles on 11/08/2013 02:27:49 MST Print View

I've used these 1" buckles:

They're aluminum, so much lighter than the ITW G-Hooks mentioned above. Metolius guarantees them for life, so they should be pretty strong.

I'm looking for the same thing in a ladder lock (without the hook), if anybody has a source. Example:

Edited by andreww on 11/08/2013 02:50:47 MST.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Crash Pad Buckles on 11/08/2013 04:31:23 MST Print View


Strapworks has what you are looking for in black anodized metal.

Copied and pasted from their web page.

"These 1" Strap Adjusters have been flat black anodized to keep down shine as well as helping to inhibit rust."

Unfortunately they seem to be made of steel as opposed to aluminum because of the phrase "... helping to inhibit rust."

Hope this helps,

Newton ;-)

Patrick M.
mountainsmith on 11/10/2013 19:14:17 MST Print View

I have seen something like that on a mountainsmith pack. I think Kifaru may use them as well.