One of the downsides to wearing a bunch of protective motorcycling gear is storing it once you arrive at your destination. Back when I worked in an office with a dress code, I had to stash my boots, overpants, chest/back protector, and jacket somewhere. I keep my helmet and gloves in my FJR’s hard luggage, but some riders may not be able to even do that.
When I lived in Virginia I worked in a medium-sized room with twelve other people. I was able to drape my gear over a spare chair and snuggle my boots into the corner. After I moved up to Minnesota I was put back in a cube and there wasn’t a lot of storage space. I did have a support column in my cube, however.
I considered driving a nail or attaching a screw to the column, but that seemed a little too … permanent. I knew that coat hooks existed that snapped over cube walls, but my workplace had little half-height cubes and that wouldn’t do.
I found the Command adhesive wall hooks made by 3M while cruising through Wal-Mart. At nearly $15 for a two-pack it wasn’t going to be a cheap experiment, but I figured it would be worth a Gibberish write-up.
After three months the Command strips were still going strong, and I think they’re worth every penny. I’m also happy to report that they’re available for much less via Amazon.com or other e-tailers.
The technology behind the Command strip is really awesome. There’s an adhesive strip that stays put under downward pressure but peels off when you pull up. It’s genius, and removing the mounting strip did not damage the paint used at my workplace.
Using the Command wall hook is a simple two-step process. One side of the mounting strip has adhesive on it. Peel the backing off and stick the mounting strip onto the wall. It is important to orient the strip so that the pull tab is pointing up towards the ceiling. You’ll pull up on the tab to release the adhesive. I didn’t pay attention the first time I mounted the hook, and I put it upside down.
Let the strip set for about an hour before moving on to step two.
The next thing you do is slide the plastic hook over the mounting strip. The hook only slips on one way onto the mounting strip, so no worries about screwing it up. The 2-pack came with four adhesive strips. As far as I know, the strips are not reusable.
So, how did the hook hold up with my armored motorcycle jacket and chest/back protector?
Pretty damn well. This is my lighter weight Fieldsheer Corsair jacket. The jacket and protector weigh in at 4 pounds, 3 ounces. My Rev’It Cayenne Pro jacket, which I wear in the winter, weighs 6 pounds, 4 ounces.
Apparently the different hooks have different weight bearing capacities.
As you can see, the weight bearing capacity is greater than advertised. My medium hook held twice the recommended limit. Your mileage may vary, and be careful what you suspend from a hook if you push past the capacity recommendation. It’s no big deal if my motorcycle jacket falls to the ground; the last remaining picture of your great aunt Merna may be a different matter.
I am extremely pleased with the Command wall hook by 3M. The “designer” hooks like the ones I have are more expensive than I’d like to pay, but you can find the regular-bodied ones for much less elsewhere.