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Frank Perkins
(fperkins)

Locale: North East
Damn heavy wedding band on 10/05/2006 08:41:13 MDT Print View

I just weighed my wedding band and it comes in at whopping .3 ounces. Anyone know of a jeweler that will convert it to Titanium? Wait, carbon fiber!

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Damn heavy wedding band on 10/05/2006 09:05:43 MDT Print View

Ha ha! How about bamboo? LOL!

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Re: Damn heavy wedding band on 10/05/2006 09:15:29 MDT Print View

That's something to keep in mind for when I get married. How cool would a carbon fiber ring be...

Adam

Eric Noble
(ericnoble) - MLife

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Damn heavy wedding band on 10/05/2006 09:23:27 MDT Print View

Oh, that's funny! Thanks for the laugh!

Glenn Roberts
(garkjr) - F

Locale: Southwestern Ohio
Re: Re: Damn heavy wedding band on 10/05/2006 10:15:42 MDT Print View

When my son got married last year, he actually wanted a titanium wedding ring. However, when they asked the jeweler, the jeweler pointed out that, if he ever injured his hand, most hospitals aren't equipped to cut off a titanium ring - leaving the only remaining option: cutting off the finger.

He chose nice, soft gold.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: Damn heavy wedding band on 10/05/2006 10:26:52 MDT Print View

Isn't that the whole point of a wedding band... that it cannot be removed? ;)

But then again, I guess that's why gold is used instead of titanium... some marriages do a great job of emulating the ball and chain, no?

I'm lucky, I guess, for living in a society where rings are not expected (though lots of people wear them for their romantic connotations now). My wife and I haven't worn our rings for 12 years now. Now that's light!

Edited by butuki on 10/05/2006 10:27:30 MDT.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Damn heavy wedding band on 10/05/2006 11:42:11 MDT Print View

Tattoo it on!

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Re: Re: Damn heavy wedding band on 10/05/2006 12:06:55 MDT Print View

I have a ti wedding ring. Weighs 3.3 grams (was bored just the other day). Cutting it off isn't a big deal.

They do make CF rings but I never liked any of the styles and they aren't as durable as my ti ring. 2+ years of wear and it looks pretty good considering I don't take it off ever (climbing, car work, welding, etc). It's even still round despite a few finger smashing episodes.

Edit: Oh yea, Ti rings are cheap and not a "precious metal". That's why most jewelers don't like them. Luckily I paid a small fortune for my wife's two platnum rings (which I designed) so they let me slide with Ti :)

Edited by Pivvay on 10/05/2006 12:13:53 MDT.

Frank Perkins
(fperkins)

Locale: North East
Re: Re: Re: Re: Damn heavy wedding band on 10/05/2006 12:25:35 MDT Print View

Wow, that's about 1/2 the weight!

I remember when I bought my wife's ring, the jeweler laughed and threw my ring in for free.

These are all 99 bucks: http://www.titaniumrings.com/classiccustombands.html

I just would have to explain to our church why they would need to rebless my wedding ring... "But Father, it's 1/2 the weight!"

Our 10 year anniversary is this weekend.. best not bring it up I guess. she's already wondering why there is a new package being delivered to the door every day....

Joshua Mitchell
(jdmitch) - F

Locale: Kansas
Heavyweight Rings... on 10/05/2006 14:45:02 MDT Print View

Tungsten Jewelry

My wife has already informed me that, if we ever get new rings (she give me crap because mine was like $16) / redo our vows that I'll be getting Tungsten (WC)... ;) (no scratches EVER)... darn heaviest material for rings...

j/k... I actually like the WC finish and heft... but their are considerably heavier than anything else...

Ron Bell
(mountainlaureldesigns) - F - M

Locale: USA
psychic weight on 10/05/2006 15:16:48 MDT Print View

All wedding bands weigh one of two real weights: Zero or a Billion Pounds.

larry savage
(pyeyo) - F

Locale: pacific northwest
Re: psychic weight on 10/05/2006 16:16:31 MDT Print View

Ron, you mean how much you think it weighs versus how much your wife thinks it weighs?

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: psychic weight on 10/05/2006 17:24:54 MDT Print View

This thread is absolutely, positively delightful! I mean, that's pretty fanatical, discussing the weight of wedding bands! (though, according to ultralight philosophy, perfectly understandable). Next we'll be discussing tooth fillings... trying to determine which is the lightest filling to get. And then on to trimming things like hair and fingernails and corns, washing off excess bacteria, and making sure one properly empties the plumbing before starting up the trail ("skin-in" weight). Just picture the ideal ultralight hiker... bereft of all extraneous items... a streamlined, featureless, teardrop of a creature, with no eyebrows, hair, or superfluous organs!

What about a delrin mitten hook for a wedding band? At least then it will serve double duty!

Colleen Clemens
(tarbubble) - F

Locale: dirtville, CA
Re: Re: psychic weight on 10/05/2006 22:58:17 MDT Print View

hmm, wonder how much my appendix weighs.

Peter McDonough
(crazypete) - F

Locale: Above the Divided Line
Re: Re: Re: psychic weight on 10/05/2006 23:56:35 MDT Print View

Appendix??? Heck lets just take off an entire arm---that way our clothes will be ligheter as we will have less to insulate, and we can carry one less trekking pole, and then you can imagine the simplest SUL hiking of them all, with a single arm and a cauterized stump.

Miguel Arboleda
(butuki) - MLife

Locale: Kanto Plain, Japan
Re: psychic weight on 10/06/2006 02:02:22 MDT Print View

How about getting rid of everything but the eyes and legs? Almost no insulation needed at all! And who cares about the brain! Nothing to feed and only a minimum shelter needed. Not just Super Ultralight, but Grossly Urlight!

Only problem... where to put the wedding band then.

Frank Perkins
(fperkins)

Locale: North East
Re: Re: psychic weight on 10/06/2006 06:40:19 MDT Print View

Miguel, you're absolutely right! If Paris Hilton was to shave her head, she might be the quintessential UL Hiker.

BTW, how much does an appendix weigh? Thankfully I had my tonsils removed already.. don't need them dragging me down on the trails.

Edited by fperkins on 10/06/2006 06:45:11 MDT.

Steven Hanlon
(asciibaron) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
SUL? on 10/11/2006 07:07:45 MDT Print View

talk about "skin-in" weight - why not hike naked. a pair of UL wool socks and some UL shoes and just a wedding band - maybe a bandana for those awkward rest stop meets.

you could save 2-3 pounds easy - not sure what to do come winter, but i'm sure a 3rd wool sock could come in handy.

btw, it's not worth the risk of weighing my wedding band - i can only imagine what would happen if she caught me...

-steve

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
rings on 12/04/2006 09:38:56 MST Print View

you just need a good wife who doesn't care if you wear it or not (Bryan, my darling hubby, never wears his band as it drives him as crazy as I do).

in all seriousness though - I quit wearing my wedding band and engagement ring when backpacking. after lunch one day Bryan saw something sparkling in the dirt - turns out my diamond ring had slipped right off my finger! it is much safer at home on my desk.

Edited by Laurie_Ann on 12/04/2006 10:08:04 MST.

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
rings on 12/04/2006 10:00:12 MST Print View

since it seems that the original wedding ring comments were largely intended to be humorous, i will add to that by reminding everyone of the three rings associated with marriage.

First comes the engagement-ring.
Second comes the wedding-ring.
Third comes the suffer-ring.


signed,
happily married for 27yrs (and counting)


p.s.
just noticed, and none too thrilled with it (had i known this would happen, i might have refrained from making this worthless Post), my already overinflated rank increased by 0.01 after making this Post (or, at least, this was when i first noticed it).

Edited by pj on 12/04/2006 10:02:15 MST.