Repack rubber bands

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herbacious
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Repack rubber bands

Post by herbacious » Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:15 am

Repack this weekend...

What makes a suitable rubber band?

Wheres the best place to get them?

Cheers ;)
Joseph Edmonds

dm64
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Re: Repack rubber bands

Post by dm64 » Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:31 am

Hi Joeseph,
I did a bit of googling myself to find an answer to this one. If youi are lucky your reserve repack instructions may indicate the type of rubber band to use. But if not, you need a rubber band of the right size to hold the line loops when packing your reserve. I saw a post on paragliding forum where a BHPA repacker suggested a size 8 rubber band.

Note: you should use rubber bands - not the cheaper plastic bands as they deteriorate much quicker.

Where to buy them? I'm not sure. Last year I got mine in an office supplies shop in Ilkley. Staples perhaps?
This year I've ordered a bag of rubber bands from Amazon so hopefully they'll arrive in time for the repack.

David

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Re: Repack rubber bands

Post by herbacious » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:05 am

Thanks

Bought this box
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B000NM ... ref=plSrch

Assorted so hopefully should work
Joseph Edmonds

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Re: Repack rubber bands

Post by Martin Baxter » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:25 am

I was asked about this at last night's club night. Don't worry if you can't get them before the repack on Saturday: Bill and David will have spares.

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Re: Repack rubber bands

Post by dm64 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:30 pm

Hi Joseph sorry I didn't get back sooner. Martin is right - if your manual says to use specific rubber bands then it's wise to follow that advice. Though chances are you'll probably find it hard to source them.

If the manual doesn't specify or isn't very clear on the matter which is more likely then you need the following:

Size 8
Uncolored
High rubber content - 80%+

I bought the following for this years repack:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07DZ6 ... UTF8&psc=1


Best I've found are these from ukairsports though they are more expensive:
https://www.ukairsports.com/product/rub ... s-reserve/

David

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