General Purpose Tools

Stainless Steel Cable Hoops


Wire hoops can be joined together to make larger hoops

Lee Valley Tools and Amazon sell short lengths of stainless-steel flexible wire rope. Brass fittings on the ends allow you to easily screw the ends together, making an incredibly strong loop. One end is small enough that you can thread it through zipper pulls. They’re lightweight, and are convenient for traveling. You can use them to secure spare keys, emergency whistles, or compasses to loops or zippers on your backpack. Then you’ve got one handy for when a strap breaks, and you need a quick way to fasten things together. It’s stronger than a length of string, less likely to fray, and easier to unfasten.

-- Troy Parker 11/9/20