Tough Hook

Tough Hook

The ultimate outdoor gear storage solution made in the U.S.A. by U.S. Veterans

Background

Recently we were approached by Tough Hook about featuring and writing about their products on our blog. They had found us through my LinkedIn profile and blog posts. When we found out they are a Veteran owned company, we jumped at the opportunity! As we mentioned early on in 2021, one of the goals for our blog this year is to support local small businesses. Although Tough Hook is not a North Carolina based company, they are a U.S.A. based company supported by U.S. Veterans. We are honored and proud to support their products and their work.

About Tough Hook

According to their website, “Tough Hook is the unbreakable multi-purpose heavy duty hanger made in the U.S.A. by U.S. Veterans that can hold up to 150 Lbs of weight. Designed by adventurers, our hanger can be used in Scuba Diving, Extreme Outdoor Sports, Tactical Equipment, Gym Equipment, Competitive sports, and pretty much anything else you can throw at it.”

“All Tough Hooks and their labels are proudly manufactured in Bozeman, MT USA by men and women who have served in law enforcement, military, first-response, and other high-demand professions that ensure the freedom and safety of our nation and its people. We are professionals and adventurers just like you, and our products are made to serve the needs of people from all walks of life.”

Applications

Honestly, Tough Hook is the most versatile outdoor gear storage solution I’ve ever seen! I’ve worked in the outdoor industry for over the past twenty years and I’ve never owned a piece of gear like Tough Hook. As a former American Canoe Association (ACA) certified river kayaking instructor trainer and an American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) climbing instructor, I can see how Tough Hook can be used for a wide variety of applications for storing and transporting outdoor gear. The following are a few ways we tried Tough Hook recently with our own backpacking and paddling gear.

Backpacking

Hanging my backpacking gear on the original Tough Hook.

Until now, I’ve always just laid my backpacking gear flat on a storage shelf in our attic. But with the Tough Hook, I can now hang my backpacking gear sturdily from any rack strong enough to support my gear and the Tough Hook. It’s not the Tough Hook I’m concerned about, it is the storage rack being strong enough to support the full weight of my loaded pack hanging from my Tough Hook!

Paddling

Hanging my paddling gear on the original Tough Hook.

Paddling has been my expertise and passion for over the past two decades. I’ve owned a wide variety of paddling gear and accessories over the years, but I’ve never really had a great way to hang and store my paddling gear, until Tough Hook! As you can see from the photo above, Tough Hook allows me to hang my lifejacket (PFD), spray skirt, splash top, throw bag, and rescue sling. Before Tough Hook, I would just throw my wet gear in a couple of mesh duffel bags, which is not a great storage solution. But with Tough Hook, I can hang practically all of my soft gear out to dry.

BONUS: Clip carabiners to the handle on the bottom of the Tough Hook for even more storage options! This will allow you to clip and hang multiple pieces of gear. Check out the photos below:

Transporting

Carrying my 14-foot touring kayak.

In my younger years in my twenties, I never had a problem carrying my kayak solo over my shoulder. I would easily and simply just bring the kayak up to a squatting position, reach into the cockpit of my kayak, grab the inside of the coaming with my hand, and roll my kayak up over my shoulder to carry it. However, since I’ve hit forty years old, the strength I once had for “throwing” my 14-foot, 53-pound touring kayak up over my shoulder to carry it from point to point requires much more effort for me. That was until Tough Hook!

The cool thing about the original Tough Hook hanger is that it comes standard with a built in grip handle for carrying heavy objects, like my touring kayak, when inverted. I clipped the hook into the coaming of the cockpit of my kayak and was able to lift and carry my kayak easily and simply in my yard, with my arm extended and locked, using my legs for lifting. While I always recommend using two people for transporting kayaks as the safest method (and is the paddling industry best practice), the Tough Hook could be used for applications like transporting heavy objects such as kayaks.

Conclusion

Tough Hook is an innovative, strong, and versatile piece of outdoor gear that can be used for a wide variety of applications as seen above. While we only experimented with the original Tough Hook, several versions of the Tough Hook are available in a variety of colors. Not only is it a cool piece of gear, but it is made in the U.S.A. and supported by U.S. Veterans, which is even more reason to love Tough Hook!

Published by Dave Herpy

I am a father of four, a camp and outdoor recreation professional, and a freelance writer. I have over twenty years of experience in the outdoor industry and over a decade of experience as a freelance writer. I enjoy camping, cycling, golfing, hiking, kayaking, running, swimming, and triathlons, as well as traveling, volunteering, and writing. I live in Clayton, North Carolina.

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