A few months back I purchased an OES 8 x 10 flat silnylon tarp. I also added a guy line kit to the tarp. When the tarp arrived, of course I was thrilled with the tarp, but I was also unexpectedly surprised with the guy line kit. The rope that came with it was a 1.5 mm bright orange line that is tested to 400 pounds. (This info is not provided on the OES site, that I could find, however it is listed on the MLD site.) It is tangle proof as well. There were 10 6 foot lines in the kit, one for each tie-out on the tarp.
Anyway, I have been toying with the idea of putting more tie-outs on my tarp, so I would need more line. I also wanted to lengthen the line connected to the ridgeline of the tarp, from 6 feet to 10 feet. So, I broke down and ordered 60 feet of the MLD LiteLine. When it arrived I measured it out to be closer to 63 feet, and when I weighed all 63 feet of the LiteLine in weighed in at 1.2 ounces. (It really is light!) Also, when it arrived I found that it also included 14 of the LineLocks, such as the MLD LiteLine & LineLock’s kit. So, I studied up on how to use the LineLock’s. This is what I found:
Looks simple. And it actually was after about the first two (it usually takes a few times for me to get things….) So, tonight I went out and set up my tarp so that I could attach these and see how they did.
I used the MSR Groundhogs to set the tarp up. These stakes have a loop of reflective nylon attached to the top of the stakes. So, to use these LineLock’s, I slid the LineLock up the LiteLine tied to the tarp, then threaded the end of the LiteLine through the nylon pull loop then back through the LineLock. I then tied a knot in the very end of the LiteLine (like in the picture above) and that was it. I then simply slid the LineLock up or down the LiteLine to adjust tension. This worked very well, but after a while I decided to just simply tie the end of the LiteLine to the LineLock, rather than just tying the knot at the end. The knots are supposed to slide back through the LineLock’s, but it is difficult, so by tying the LiteLine to the LineLock’s, it made it much simpler to untie when tearing down.
I have come to the conclusion that I would rather use these LineLock’s with shepherd hook stakes rather than stakes with a loop on the end. The benefit of this is that I could permanently attach the LineLock’s to the LiteLine. This would form the loop in the LiteLine that would simply require looping around the stake. However, since my Groundhog stakes have a closed loop, I have to thread each tie-out through the loop on the stake, and then thread the line through the LineLock. So, the shepherd hook stakes would make setting up my tarp a fast and very simple procedure.
These are great little LineLock’s. Each LineLock is rated to hold up to about 75 lbs of continuous pull while using with the LiteLine. I have 14, and they weigh 0.4 oz on my scale. I put them inside a tiny Ziploc bag, and it still weighs in at 0.4 oz. That is a very tiny amount of weight for such a powerful piece of equipment. However, until I get some of the shepherd stakes I probably will not use them. While using the LineLock’s with a closed loop stake, it takes me less time to tie a knot, and it takes much less time to untie them. However, for the weight, they have found a home inside my stuff sack with my tarp, just in case.