Just received the new Stick Protection Technology secure tie down straps from SPT in Australia. Must admit they make a strong and well made product. These things are smooth enough also not to rub my gelcoat off while having the steel cables weaved into the edges that make them strong. The buckles with locks are also beefy looking - no cheap parts here. I was able to pull these down tight enough to make only my bow/stern tiedowns a precaution at best. Nice and tight! These are a great way to:
1. Secure your boat while on the racks (don't forget to lock your racks)
2. Tie your boat down if you tie lame knots like I do!!!
3. Make tie downs at the end of a long paddle or in cold weather very quick and painless!!
I know of at least one kayak retailer planning on selling these in the Northeast, so you don't have to order from Australia! However, that being said, mine did cost me only $10 shipping and arrived in 8 business days.