One of the most useful items I've carried on backpacking trips, whether urban or outdoors, is a bungie cord. You can use it to tie luggage down in teeth-rattling transport, hang dry sink-washed laundry, and quickly secure a day pack to a cafe chair to stymie the urban snatch-and-dash.
The latest Quirky project to catch our eye is similar: Bandits are a bungie cord with a polypropylene hook attached. We found it interesting because it's not so much an innovation of design—bungie cords with hooks have been around forever—but more an innovation of scale and bundling.
Inventor Marc hopes that by looping the bungie cord in the hook, reducing the whole thing in size and selling them in a pack of 20 for nine bucks will increase their ubiquity. I have to agree. I could see myself using these for cable management in the photo studio, erecting temporary tool-hanging rigs for building projects, bundling small items up for transportation and storage and on and on.
At press time there were 692 commitments, with 308 more required to make Bandits a reality.