Three Things to Consider When Shopping for Zip Ties

Get the scoop on these versatile organizational tools

Black zip ties
Zip ties keep stuff organized, help fix stuff that's broken, and are useful for tons of other reasons.NewMainOne

From tidying up a home office to various yard work tasks to any number of applications for hunting, fishing, camping and boating, there is no shortage of uses for zip ties. And because they weigh next to nothing and take up little space, there’s no reason not to always have a few—or a few dozen—on hand.

Material

TR Industrial cable ties
These zip ties are made from Nylon 6/6, the most common nylon used in zip ties.TR Industrial

With a few exceptions, nearly all zip ties are made from nylon. While different grades of nylon are used in different ties, the most common material is Nylon 6/6. Some zip ties are UV-resistant, making them ideal for use outdoors where they will receive direct sunlight. Certain nylons are extremely rigid, while others are more pliable. Be sure to research the material of the ties you are considering purchasing to determine whether they will meet your needs.

Tensile Strength

Cable Matters zip ties
The zip ties in this multipack have a tensile strength rating range of 17 to 48 pounds, making them ideal for any number of household tasks.Cable Matters

All zip ties have a tensile strength rating, which is the amount of weight a zip tie can hold before breaking. For example, a zip tie with a tensile strength of 50 pounds will break if used to hold something more than 50 pounds. Common tensile strengths range from 17 to 250 pounds.

Working Temperature

Cable Zip Ties 500 Packs Self-Locking
With a temperature rating of 5 degrees Fahrenheit to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, these zip ties likely won’t perform well outside in winter in regions where temps dip to zero and below.NewMainOne

Most zip ties can withstand a wide range of temperatures. For example, general purpose Nylon 6/6 has a working temperature range of -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. While that range should cover most any scenario in which a zip tie might be sued, be sure to confirm that the ties you choose will hold up to the potential temperature extremes where you plan to use them.