The time it takes to tie your shoelaces is probably so minuscule that you don't even think about how you could make it faster. But for members of the military or others wearing lace-up boots, saving seconds on this piece of attire could be important in situations where they count the most.
Designed by Marines, the patent-pending TacLace, is a simple device that helps reduce boot lace tying by about half the usual lace-up time.
Military members and others can save valuable seconds with the TacLace shoelace technology. (Image source: TacLace)
"A combat deployment shed light on yet another reason why getting your footwear on faster may be important. These could be critical seconds to get to safety, or to get on your feet and ready to act. In either case, make those critical seconds count," the TacLace website stated.
Watch this comparison video:
The creators even made sure the laces fit within military uniform requirements, regardless of the branch of service.
Eric Davis for The Loudout Room did the math and found this equates to:
- You will lace your boots 2 times a day, 5 days a week for 48 weeks a year
- The TACLACES saved the guy on the right about 30 seconds, or 1 Minute a day saved
- Multiply this by 240 days and divide by 60 and you have saved your self 4 hours, or, half a day per year
“These are amazing, fast and incredibly innovative. How has no one thought of this?” a Marine sergeant said, according to a TacLace testimonial.
TacLace users set up their laces with the cloth device to allow them to "pull, cinch, and wrap" laces faster than traditional tying. (Image source: TacLace)
Here's how it works:
Although the military is an obvious fit for the shoelace tech, hikers, construction workers and others could benefit from the seconds saved as well.