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Rodney OndaRock
(RodneyOndaRock) - F

Locale: Southern California
Solution looking for a problem to solve on 08/19/2011 20:24:15 MDT Print View

Retractable Key Chain

Have a bunch of these lightweight plastic retractable key chains, belt clip, soft plastic snap in. reel cord length 35 in.

They seem they would have a lot of interesting MYOG MUG potential.
My ideas are kinda lame, and need your ideas.

1) retractable lanyard for map, compass or GPS, so as not to lose when they fall out of pocket or strong wind.

2) some innovative booby-trap to scare the squirrels from messing with your food/gear

3) some trigger / release / recoil poorman alarm (noise maker) system with a few pennies in an altoid tin or an empty soda can. If you are the paranoid type while solo camping and sleeping.

4) some crazy david/goliath sling

5) snare for rodents

6) camelbak hose auto-retractor instead of the dangling hose dribbling on your shirt.

7) an ineffective food bag piƱata

8) car key holder... really?

9) hole punch your credit card, not where the magnetic strip is, but near the bottom name embossing, thread the CC into the round keyring. retractable CC, if you are worried a squirrel is going to pick your pocket on a thru hike.

10) Your suggestion goes here.

Edited by RodneyOndaRock on 08/20/2011 15:38:14 MDT.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Solution looking for a problem to solve on 08/20/2011 14:28:07 MDT Print View

Automatic zipper closer for hammocks after you get comfortable?

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Solution looking for a problem to solve on 08/20/2011 17:52:32 MDT Print View

Sell them on E-bay and buy equipment.

Joslyn Bloodworth
(JoslynB) - F

Locale: Southwest
Re on 08/21/2011 19:56:13 MDT Print View

First thing I thought was, what do I constantly take in and out of my pocket that I wish I had better access to? That thing is my camera. I think it would be really fun to be able to put my camera on a string like that so I could just whip it out and back. Just my humble idea.

John Julyan-Gudgeon
(Cyanide) - F

Locale: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Whatever it is, it would have to be light on 08/26/2011 21:16:05 MDT Print View

So, I was thinking if you had one of those mini pinch-LED lights, or maybe compass, lighter, mini-tool/knife. When not in use, you might be able to rig it inside your shelter to hang your socks at night.

Ben Feldman
(fenbeldman) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
HA! those things screamed "useful" to me, too on 11/15/2011 19:22:32 MST Print View

I put a whistle on it and clip it to the shoulder strap of my hiking partner's pack. presto-- no more losing said hiking partner.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F

Locale: Armpit of California
HA! those things screamed "useful" to me, too on 11/15/2011 21:28:08 MST Print View

Retractable clothes line

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Retrieve bottle from stream?? on 11/18/2011 20:53:11 MST Print View

Hook it on yer Nalgene cap tether and lower it from a big snowbank into a stream & retrieve it W/ the "Auto-Reel".

Seriousnessly now Jack E., your avatar photo of "a sad Moment in snow" almost makes me cry. I cut my crossing pole a bit (6" or so) and ran it inside my Moment and out thru melted holes in each apex of my end netting to get interior continuous support for the canopy (just in case I got unexpected snow).

I did first reinforce the netting apexes with sewn-on Velcro fuzzy side tape before melting the holes. Then I sewed the sticky Velcro side tape sections at the top end to have a flap of Velcro to cover the holes when not using the crossing pole. And it all WORKS! (Sometimes I'm so smart I make myself sick.)

Edited by Danepacker on 11/18/2011 20:54:33 MST.

Mark Regalia
(markr) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz
lens cap holder on 12/01/2011 13:31:08 MST Print View

My dSLR has lenses with all the same size lens cap. I use one of these attached to the camera and the end attached to the cap. When I take off the cap I can drop it and it will automatically retract to where it won't block the lens, and I won't lose it.

Tyson Marshall
(sheepNgeese) - MLife

Locale: Ventura County (formerly PNW)
HA! on 12/09/2011 16:08:03 MST Print View

"Automatic zipper closer for hammocks after you get comfortable?"

that would be so legit... that sounds like the best thing since sliced bread.

bill berklich

Locale: Northern Mid-West
Never lose it on 11/12/2012 18:17:36 MST Print View

I use mine for my compass. And gave the rest to my Scout for theirs. Work Great. Compass is always handy and it doesn't get set down on a rock and left. So... put them up on eBay as "Laynard, Compass, Retractable, Special Forces " you'll make a mint!!

Craig Price
(skeets) - MLife

Locale: Melbourne, Australia
call it a zinger and market it to fly fishermen on 11/22/2012 05:35:35 MST Print View

or..... you could stick a small aluminum disc on the front with a picture of a trout on it, and resell them for $30 in a fly fishing shop. Fly fishermen use them for attaching things that you'd other wise drop in the river (e.g. nipper, forceps).


Mike Oxford
(moxford) - MLife

Locale: Silicon Valley, CA
What to do on 11/24/2012 02:24:36 MST Print View

Step 1: String them all up end-to-end.
Step 2: Wrap around obstacle course.
Step 3: Let go of one end.
Step 4: Put video on YouTube
Step 5: ???
Step 6: Profit!

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Tankara on 12/21/2012 07:44:26 MST Print View

Like Craig mentioned, fishermen often have to have little tools in easy reach. Digging in pockets or pack is not a good option sometimes.

Tankara style fishing is popular with many backpackers.
It's nice to have nippers, fly box, and other tools in easy reach when tying lines, attaching flies, removing hooks, ...