The foundation of the Green Chile luggage system is the soft rack. Once you install the soft rack you have a strong base that provides tons of mounting points via daisy loops. Each of these mounting points can be used with any combination of our straps.
There are three versions of soft racks.
Our strap kits attach to the soft rack using a girth hitch. You simply slip the loop side of the strap through the daisy loop on the rack and then pass the end of the loop strap back through itself. This will create a girth hitch. It is a knot that can’t come undone and it is easy to untie.
We use heavy duty metal cam buckles to secure your load. You simply thread the loose end of the runner loop through the cam buckle and pull it tight. Our cam buckles will not slip, but depending on how you pack your bag the contents could settle or move while riding. This could result in your straps becoming loose. This problem is solved by introducing our tensioner straps.
The tensioner straps come in two versions. One is a ring tensioner and the other is a cam tensioner. You install the tension straps just like the others, but our tension straps will keep your luggage tight even if it settles or shifts. However, its still a good idea to check your load at stops.
The beauty of our tension loop is in the design. As you pull your runner loops tight and the tensioners extend they can never be extended too far. At approximately 50 pounds of pull the tensioner will be fully extended and the nylon webbing will take over the load. Even if the elastic were completely cut the tensioner loops will not fail.
Suggest strap kits based on situation:
Once you understand the basic components of the Green Chile luggage system it can be put together in an infinite combination of ways. We want our customers to think of these parts like Legos. Use your imagination and share your applications with us. Maybe we will even make up a kit and name it after you!