by Mark Hutchinson-Lyons
Date Added: Wednesday 07 April, 2010
I bought these straps to go with the Chrome Luggage Rack also available from MX5 Parts.
They look really good and seem very high quality.
I assumed that they would be three straps which would simply thread through the holes on the luggage rack rather like three long belts: instead they double back at each end to form a loop which loops round the luggage rack bars and are then fastened together by two small screws. Frankly I don't understand why: it must require more work to make them and it makes them extremely impractical to use as you have to carry a screwdriver and spend ages fiddling around with them every time you want to take them off... which in my case is quite often and not something I want to do in the Scottish Highlands with numb fingers: I speak from experience. I can imagine it would be even worse in the dark and in bad weather. Added to this the risk of losing the tiny screws on holiday and having to lash my luggage to the car with belts "borrowed" from hotel towelling robes seems, to me, quite high.
I would have given them a higher score for looks and quality but unfortunately they are just too impractical to get a good score.
I would recommend instead going to a gentleman's emporium which specialises in the gentleman of "heroic proportions" and buying three belts... I probably will if they ever wear out.
Rating: [2 of 5 Stars!]