Flexo-Line Clothesline Review
The Flexo-Line Clothesline is an efficient way to dry your clothes on longer trips. No clothespins necessary, but you may need a carabiner to hang it up.
- No clothespins needed
- Latex material is gentle on delicate fabrics
- Thick latex holds clothes in place tightly
- Less compact than other travel clotheslines
- Can sag low to the ground when too many wet clothes are on it
- May need to bring a carabiner to hang it up
1 oz (28.3 gm)
84 in (213.4 cm)
at full stretch
The Flexo-Line Clothesline has been helping minimalist travelers pack light since 1945. Backpacking across Europe with one pair of pants and need to wash and dry them as you go? Flexo-Line Clothesline. Living the van life and don’t have access to a washer and dryer? Flexo-Line Clothesline. Camping and your clothes back in the tent get stolen by a hungry bear? Well, it won’t help you there, but if you need to dry some clothes in the wild, it’s got you covered. You don’t even need clothespins to use it.
Flexo-Line is actually the name of the brand, not just the product. This clothesline is all they have sold for over 75 years. They’re basically clothesline masters, and the founder is from Flint, Michigan—shoutout to our fellow Michiganders! We tested the Flexo-Line for two weeks and found it quite useful, although it is bulkier than other travel clotheslines like the Sea to Summit Lite Line Clothesline. If you’re going on a road trip or cruise and you’ve got more space in your bag it’s an overall solid option.
Don’t think you need to travel with a clothesline? Maybe you should reconsider. Have you ever heard the Erykah Badu song “Bag Lady”? In it, she tells the listener to “pack light” and leave behind unnecessary baggage that’s weighing them down. In reality, it’s a metaphor for life and relationships, but it definitely applies to traveling too! Especially the catchy part that goes, “pack liiight.” Cut down weight in your bag by downsizing your clothing, washing as you go, and drying them with the Flexo-Line Clothesline. If you’re not convinced, just keep on reading to see whether it’s for you or not.
Materials, Features & Usage
This clothesline is made of three thick, stretchy strips of latex braided into a rope. It’s got nylon loops on both ends, so you can put one end through the other and tie it around a tree or balcony railing. Or just hook it around a doorknob. It’s important to note that you’ll probably want to bring a carabiner to secure it, depending on where you’re planning to use it.
For drying in your hostel bathtub, just loop one end around the towel rack and hook the other side over the showerhead. No problemo. But let’s say you’re out camping. You can loop one end around a tree, but what will you attach the other side to? With a carabiner, you can just clip it onto the trunk of your car or RV. Same with balcony drying. A carabiner just makes the Flexo-Line easier to use. Otherwise, there’s no way to really attach both ends.
Now for the burning question, we know you’re wondering about—how do you use this freaking thing without clothespins? We’re glad you asked. All you have to do is stick the ends of your clothes in a gap in the braid. The latex is thick and grippy, so your clothes stay tightly in place in between two of the strands. And it’s much gentler on delicate fabrics than a clothespin.
The line is supposed to hold up to 12 pounds and stretch to seven feet. While it can definitely handle a decent load, we don’t recommend putting 12 pounds on here. Especially if your clothes are sopping wet. The line tends to sag down a bit low to the ground, and unless you’re really tall or willing to climb a tree to hang it up higher, this can be a bit problematic.
We set the Flexo-Line up in the shower with three absolutely drenched towels on it, and they were inching pretty close to the tub. So, at the very least, make sure you wring your clothes out really well, so they don’t get too heavy. Especially if you’ve got a lot to dry.
We didn’t have any issues with durability or clothes slipping off the line during the two weeks we tested it. We have seen other reviews that say the latex falls apart after a while, however. Apparently, direct sunlight and heat can degrade natural rubber (because science) so make sure to store it in a cool, dark place. And don’t hang it up over a campfire or anything.
So, next time you get ready to pack for a long-term trip, queue up Ms. Badu’s words of wisdom. Especially the part that says, “Bag lady, you gone miss your bus. You can’t hurry up ’cause you got too much stuff.” Don’t let that be you. Pack light with fewer clothes, wash them as you go, and dry them on the fly. Because missing the only bus going to that remote town you want to visit for the day is no fun. Trust us, we’ve been there.
- Easy to stretch but has good tension for wet clothes
- Compact and easy to stow away or just hang off your bag
- You can squeeze clothes in between the latex tubing instead of using clothespins
- Grippy latex holds clothes in tightly
- No issues with durability to report! This thing is thick and strong