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Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener - Small

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No knots required.

Thanks to the Nite Ize Small Figure 9 Rope Tightener, you don't have to be a knot expert to strap a kayak to the roof of your car or get a cooler tied into your raft. This simple piece of gear from Nite Ize helps you tighten your line and tie it off in seconds, and you don't even need an encyclopedic knowledge of rope work.
  • Item #NTZ0002

Tech Specs

steel, nylon
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The fast and easy way to tie knots. Very compact and the instructions are on the device itself. Tie down anything at a campsite or items to your car. This rope tightener can do it all.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The simple fact that I'll never have to spend another morning working a knot out of paracord makes this a worthwhile purchase. I'm going to get a dozen more.

New Favorite Camping Multi-use gadget

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things were amazing. Put my ridgeline up in seconds, and take down was just as fast. The next weekend used them to help tie down furniture we were moving... I will be buying more, and buying the larger size. The are about the size of a silver dollar. Great for tarp setups.

Great for non Eagle Scouts

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can hold my own in simple knot tying, but if I have to tie a good knot with tension (a clothesline, tarp line, etc) I'm not your go-to guy. I'm only a 1st Class scout! Leave me alone! Ok, these little things are awesome. I confess I bought them to get my order over the X dollar amount to get free shipping. However, they are part of my permanent backpacking supplies. I tend toward the ultralight backpacking philosophy and while some would say these are superfluous, the small size are a very lightweight metal (description here says steel...they seem like aluminum or similar. VERY light). Once you learn to use them, you can set up a clothesline with zero knots in a minute or two. Constantly adjustable. No tight knots to undo. Pack came with 4, I brink 2 of them most times. (Attached photo is very crappy and wasn't taken with the intent of showing these in action...but this clothesline was erected using these. Handmade pine clothespins)

Great for non Eagle Scouts

worked as a sailor for 3o years

    Knot tying has never been a problem for me. Got this little ditty to try it out. All I will say is I just bought 14 more. I use them on bicycles , sailboats ,my truck. Keep one tucled in my pocket with one meter of parchute cords just to play with. It is used about 3 times a day on odd jobs makes a great third hand

    Pretty handy

      A little tricky to use the first time, but the instructions are etched onto the unit so you don't have to worry about losing the instructions. I used these to tie down loads in the back of the car while moving and even after a 60+ mile drive they hadn't loosened at all. They are super light weight and don't take up any room in your pack.

      Wicked Handy

        These are super convenient for setting up tarps in the backcountry, tarps car camping, hammocks and complicated bear hangs. These are especially good for cold snowy or cold rainy areas where a true knot would be very difficult to untie in the morning (especially given the diameter of cord typically used for tarps etc. They may seem like a novelty gadget, but you will not regret buying them.

        These are a must have & great gift idea

          These are my favorite, very easy to use. You can use them to tie down your tent, tarp, make a clothes line, secure item securely without having to remember any fancy knots! If you forget, they have instructions stamped into them - what more could you want. I like these over the plastic tent tie downs because they are stronger and don't break.


            As far as I can tell there is no difference between these and the tent line kit except that these are made out of metal so are most likely stronger. I love these little tightners and use them all the time to keep guy lines tight on my tent, tarp, or any time I am lashing something down that I don't want to fuss with a tight knot every time I try to get it out.

            Awesome little things

              I bought this to bump my order over $50 and get free shipping, and I'm so glad I did. These little things are great! They are super fast to work with and they solve the problem I always have when stringing up a tarp: when it rains and the rope goes slack. With these it takes 5 seconds to re-tighten the lines.

              Very handy...

                I use these things for backpacking (most ultra-light backpackers would shun me for this). They are not a necessity, but are EXTREMELY handy for putting up and tensioning a tarp-shelter, as well as hanging a line for drying clothes, etc. I carry 2 and they weigh about 1.5 oz apiece.

                How much weight can these hold?

                How much weight can these hold?

                Rated for 50 pounds. They're for lightweight use only. Since my 2 to 3mm utility cords are rated for 200 to 500 pounds, I typically just use the reliable trucker's hitch or taut-line, etc. I don't trust any of these or line-locs for anything serious.