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The Tato Gear Tarp Connector System uses an aluminum hook that easily slides along a continuous tarp ridge line and then wraps to hook in place. Opposite of the hook is a durable plastic toggle that attaches to the tarp. Connecting toggle to hook is a doubled-up length of shock chord. This elastic helps absorb movement along the tarp and keep it taut while reducing strain on the fabric.
The total length of the connector is 5.75 in (14.6 cm) and the weight for the pair is just 0.4 oz (12 g).
The tarp connector hook is best used with smaller diameter line, less than 2.2 mm. One reason for this is that the hook is prone to inadvertently pop off with bigger line, as you will notice in my video preview.
The shock cord adds a measure of safety for the tarp fabric by providing some “give” and flexibility during stormy conditions or when someone accidentally trips over a guyline. The connector allows you to set up a tarp either above or below a ridgeline and also lets you easily connect and disconnect a tarp if you prefer to keep your continuous ridge line separate from the tarp or vice versa.
Disclosure of material connection: The author (Derek Hansen) was provided with a free sample from the manufacturer for testing and evaluation purposes. The comments in this post (written & spoken) are of my own opinion, which I formed after personally handling the gear.