Ranger Bands

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  1. Jason

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    I wasn't sure where to put this exactly so I figured this section would be appropriate.

    Surely you all know what ranger bands are, just cut strips of inner tube used as elastic bands for whatever purpose. They have excellent strength and are lightweight as well as compressible. For some reason this never occurred to me but I decided to see what sizes I could make from one diameter tube. By just cutting on consecutively steeper angles you can make larger size bands which could be used to secure wider gear.

    Here's a picture showing what sizes you can get from just one strip:

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  2. Trekon86

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    Very cool, I'll have to try that next time I cut up some innertube for bands.
    PMZ
     
  3. 1stcavmp77

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    ok now i have to figure out how to do that.
     
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    Very nice, I am def. going to try this, put it on the list...
     
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    Also good as a back up in your fire lighting kit for when it's raining cats & dogs, the rubber will burn for a long time enabling you to get your fire going.
     
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    I had one around my char cloth tin (Altoid tin) to secure it, had not actually thought of using it as tinder material. Thanks for the idea.
     
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    It will burn for a good few minutes. Of course you don't want to inhale the smoke, but we all already know that much.
     
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    i just changed the inner tube on my bike,(it was cut around the air valve so it was scrap) its a 1-1/4''diameter ,and ,playing tennis i just realized that it could -be used as a no slip on grip for an axe:D or something else with a handle...
    and also it can be used for -cord tensioner for a tent/tarp set up ;)
    -if cut 1-2" long and put on a knife sheath it can hold a ferro-rod:)
    -it can hold the pants over shoes in the rain so the feet stay dry...
    -knife handle over grip half or full...
     
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    I have a Ferro Rod Blank attached to my most used Mora's sheath along with some cordage. I've got a few buddies who practice wilderness craft with me doing this to their mora's.
     
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    Placed at wrists and ankles to seal sleeves and pant cuffs, these can greatly reduce both chigger and tick bites. This is a _good_ thing!
     
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    These are extremely handy! A couple of things I use mine for

    -Securing excess waistbelt strapping
    -Slipping around a knife sheath, and then tucking fatwood/ferrorod/whistle undeneath
    -Slipped around my headlamp to gather up the headband, as well as to secure a full change of batteries to the light
     
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    Thanks for verifing my thoughts on what a "Ranger Band" was. I sure am glad I didn't go and buy a 10 pack for $4-5 bucks.

    Just another reason this site is so great, have a question...do a search can't find the answer post your question.

    Thanks again guys,
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  13. 72shane

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    I also use them!but i never thought to cut diagonal to get a larger diameter??? That is slick right there, thanks alot!
     
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    Plus 1.
     
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    Good post ... you can also get old/used inner tubes at your local bikeshop for free.
     
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    you can also use them to hold knives horizontally on your belt...like a SAK...run belt through tube then wedge knife between belt and tube...ta da! horizontal carry sheath!
     
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    My absolute favorite use for ranger bands is to put around my chapstick. I don't know if any of you guys carry chapstick, but I carry it daily in cold weather. The only annoying thing is that sometimes the little dial will turn while it's in your pocket and the chapstick will get nasty and messy when you open it. I put a little piece of the rubber around the dial to keep it from moving accidentally. Sounds like nothing, but it makes a big difference.
     
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    As a Chapstick-Aholic...sounds like a stroke of genius! Thanks!! :)
     
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    Great discovery Koa! Thanks!
     
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    I have been using inner tubes for rubber bands since my dad taught me probably 20 years ago. they're great. Just FYI. The bands will have a tendency to break much quicker when cut on a angle. The acute angle that is formed on the inner edge is the culprit. if the bands are cut straight across the tube they are plenty tuff. I have a collection of different sized inner tubes, think bicycle, wheelbarrow, trailer tire, car tire. I just wanted to add this tidbit of info. Great post by the way.
     
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    Use over wood/plastic pistol grips.
     
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    Are there any limitations to the uses of Ranger Bands?
    I use em for a great many of the well known bushcraft jobbies, but here's one for the duck hunters amongst us;

    I use em to secure the anchor cords on my duck decoys.
    Just tie a band on at the same time you're attaching the anchor weight & when you want to pack em up just wrap the cord around the decoy & secure with the band by stretching it over the beak, tail, keel, whatever. Guaranteed to stop the cords tangling & easy as pie to deploy em.

    Do love them Ranger Bands.

    Bill Allen.
     
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    I've cut some with an "s" pattern to try and keep the acute angle minimized but get longer bands out of the same diameter tube. Pretty successful way of doing it, I think.
     
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    Smart. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    You can chain them together to make longer flexible cordage. Just use a small stick as a toggle to hold the long band together. I use them around my boots and fold the ends of my pants under it to seal bugs out and keep pants out of the mud. Did that in the Marines with provided bands with small S hooks. You can also use them for triggers on snares. I have a savage 24 22/20 and some arrow shafts cut and corked filled with 22 shells held to each side of the double barrels will hold extra rounds for a grab and go set up. 2 inner tube bands holds the shafts secure on each side of the barrels.
     
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    Very True I have two bike shops near me, They Love to pass them off for Free!
     
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    Exactly! Last time I went, I was given NINE tubes of various sizes, from mountain bike to some very skinny 700c size road bike.

    I use them to keep a firesteel and dental floss on most of my sheath knife, amongst other things. I liked the Chapstick one!
     

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