Sunday, August 29, 2010

Quick Pick: Ranger Bands

     This post is the first in a new series of posts I'm calling "Quick Pick".  It is a mix of a quick gear review, and link.  

     Today I'm going to introduce you to something called a "Ranger Band".  They are thicker, stronger rubber bands that have millions of applications.  You can use them to secure items to an "ALICE System" (All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment;  a system the military uses to carry heavy loads).  They can also be used just like rubber bands to help keep items organized and secure.  If you watch some of the YouTube videos I suggest from people like Dave Canterbury, you will see that they are used often.  I keep a few spare ones around the apartment and find they have a ton of uses.  You can also make a strong ranger band out of bicycle inner tire tubes.  These can be cut as thick or thin as you like, and are great at keeping useful items on knife sheaths.  Inner tube makes great emergency tinder and will burn for about a minute as well.  I suggest keeping a few in your B.O.B. (Bug Out Bag,) and or camping backpack as they are light and cheap.


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