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Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Rubber band.....rubber band man. on 02/22/2013 13:01:50 MST Print View

I like rubber bands.......a lot.

I carry them around my wrists 24-7, at home or away, in the air or on the ground. I use #64. This size does not constrict my wrists but will not fall off my hands accidentally.

I read that latex free rubber bands are more UV resistant than the ones typically sold by the office supply stores. I bought two brands of latex free rubber bands to test this out.

Testing Protocol
I hung 3 rubber bands from our outside clothesline 5 months ago. Whenever I went by I gave all three several stretches.

Results
I can't see any difference between the three rubber bands after their 5 months of exposure. So, for my needs, I'd say they were the same.

Photos Below (blue and orange are latex free)

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Dan Yeruski
(zelph) - MLife

Locale: www.bplite.com
Rubber Band Man on 02/23/2013 06:35:06 MST Print View

Interesting tests, thanks :-)

What are some of the things you use them for?

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Rubber band.....rubber band man. on 02/23/2013 08:15:00 MST Print View

I never pass up the chance to save a rubber band for reuse later! I wonder if that is a genetic trait or an acquired illness;-)

Testing Protocol
I hung 3 rubber bands from our outside clothesline 5 months ago. Whenever I went by I gave all three several stretches.


If I may suggest an alternate protocol ....
1) somehow label 5 bands 1 thru 5
2) hang #1 outside
3) one month later add #2
4) add the rest of the bands at one month intervals
5) That gives you side by side comparisons of bands exposed for different amounts of time

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Rubber band.....rubber band man. on 02/23/2013 08:27:15 MST Print View

My wife also has this affliction. Bands everywhere.

I like shock cord and hair elastics.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Rubber band.....rubber band man. on 02/23/2013 08:44:58 MST Print View

The problem with hoarding rubber bands, is they get old and brittle and crack and break when you stretch them.

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Rubber band.....rubber band man. on 02/23/2013 08:49:28 MST Print View

Seems like the ones Daryl uses are not prone to that being latex free.

Two weeks outside and a latex one would be done. Look at your neighbor who does not pick up their papers, check the bands. They are even dated.

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Rubber Band Man on 02/23/2013 10:01:08 MST Print View

Dan,

I use the rubber bands most often for securing rolled up bags filled with various items (e.g. granola, first aid, tent stakes, pen and paper, small parts, etc.)

Other uses include:
around tent poles to keep them together when packed
around my closed cell foam sleeping pad
around rolled up instead of dangling pack straps that I won't be using for awhile
holding lids on pots for packing
holding rolled up neck cord against compass when packed
quickly securing a pebble inside a small pocket of fabric for a tether point
keeping a pliers closed when packed
larks heading a flashlight or thermometer to a tent pole
bundling groups of pencils or pens
etc.

Daryl

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Re: Rubber band.....rubber band man. on 02/23/2013 10:05:46 MST Print View

Jim,

Your protocol sounds like real science instead of my typical pseudo science.

I'm currently satisfied that it doesn't make much difference which rubber band I take backpacking. Each of the tested ones will last much longer than my trip.

So, for me, its game over, curiosity satisfied, etc. On to other adventures.

Daryl

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
A Failure To Communicate on 02/23/2013 10:35:52 MST Print View

After reading my original post and the replies to my post I see that I have failed to communicate a key point.

The beige colored rubber band is NOT latex free. At least it doesn't say so on the bag. It is the bottom line cheapest #64 rubber band that Office Depot sells so I assume it does have latex in it. This assumption, of course, could be wrong.

The red and blue rubber bands are labeled as latex free and they are more expensive than the beige ones. I had read elsewhere that latex free rubber bands are more UV resistant than latex bands.

I was simply trying to determine if the latex free labeled rubber bands would last longer than the cheapos. In other words is it worth it to buy the more expensive rubber bands. I concluded there was no observable difference after 5 months.......which is longer than any of my trips....so for me it isn't worth it to buy the latex free ones unless I want the blue or red color.

So from now on I'll go back to using the cheapo rubber bands. The irony of this is that I probably have a lifetime supply of rubber bands due to this testing. All three types will probably dry up and crack before I can use them.

Edited by lyrad1 on 02/23/2013 10:37:36 MST.

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Rubber Bands on 02/23/2013 10:39:21 MST Print View

So I wonder what the paper company is using. They don't last long at all.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Re: Rubber Bands on 02/23/2013 11:26:50 MST Print View

For years I would pester my asparagus-eating friends to save those burly purple rubber bands. They were the strongest, longest-lasting rubber bands I knew of. Then a lady friend of mine turned me onto silicone hair ties, and I've never looked back.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Rubber Bands on 02/23/2013 13:44:56 MST Print View

"asparagus-eating friends to save those burly purple rubber bands"

Yes, rubber bands on celery can be good. I use rubber bands when I roll my clothing before each item goes into the backpack.

Some people are allergic to latex, so they need to select their rubber bands carefully.

--B.G.--

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Crime Mystery on 02/23/2013 14:38:35 MST Print View

This discussion is making me think of a kidnapping mystery that goes something like this.

"I'm sorry officer, I can't id the kidnapper because I was blindfolded. I do recall an asparagus smell when he urinated in the bushes, however."

Then I noticed the burly purple rubber bands on the officer's wrist and knew I wasn't out of danger yet.

Edited by lyrad1 on 02/24/2013 18:48:20 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Rubber band.....rubber band man. on 02/23/2013 15:19:34 MST Print View

Somebody needs to market some spectra-reinforced rubber bands.

I use Tyvek wading slippers for some stream crossings, and they are held on tightly with rubber bands. That is, until they break.

--B.G.--

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
rubber bands on 02/23/2013 17:35:03 MST Print View

While I dont share the unhealthy pre-occupation with rubber bands that apparently some others do, I use them a lot too. Each weighs 0.04 oz, and get included in my spreadsheet. They take the place of stuffsacks and ziplocks frequently for some items.

I roll up my raingear tightly and put rubber band around to keep it that way.
I will roll up certain tent components tightly and put a couple rubber bands around
Put around tent stakes too
Use to cinch up the pillow/clothes bag to the desired size/firmness. twist & band.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
Re: Re: Rubber band.....rubber band man on 02/23/2013 22:50:53 MST Print View

Daryl,

I'll buy some of those rubber bands off you, if you want to sell a few, dozen or so.

Jack

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Re: Rubber band.....rubber band man on 02/23/2013 23:00:05 MST Print View

I just like the title of this thread.

That is all.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Of Asparagus and Burly Purple Rubber Bands... on 02/24/2013 00:25:35 MST Print View

Wonder why they're 'always' purple??

Edited by ben2world on 02/24/2013 10:14:57 MST.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Rubber band.....rubber band man on 02/24/2013 16:11:30 MST Print View

Daryl....
Fishnet, rubber bands... yes we get it.
How about posting a picture of yourself in full latex suit and call that a Vapour Barrier ?

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Asparagus on 02/24/2013 20:47:40 MST Print View

I confess.
I don't care for the asparagus flavor or the after scent.
But I do buy asparagus every two weeks, secretly and primarily for the purple band.

I use them for tent pole ties, and wrap them around the Altoid tin of wonders.

Why is it always purple?

Much of the asparagus is farmed in Central California valley. Same purple band, same farmer co-op source.