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Rigger’s Rubber Bands

By The ITS Crew

riggerrubberbands01Parachute Rigger’s Rubber Bands are seldom talked about, but are extremely beneficial to aid in securing gear, and numerous other uses.  The primary purpose of these rubber bands is to hold parachute 550 line securely in order to allow an easy deployment of the lines when a chute is opened. If you’ve ever packed a chute, or been around one when it was, you’ll surely recognize these.  We primarily use them to hold tourniquets and strobes to our gear.

riggerrubberbands02The life on these particular rubber bands is far greater than any regular rubber bands, but like all things rubber they will eventually rot. The bands shown in the picture are the standard size Rigger’s Rubber Bands measuring 2″ (length) x 3/8″ (width), and have been attached to this rig for nearly a year and show no signs of rot or cracking. Conventional rubber bands are a little less than half as thick as the 1/16″ thick Rigger’s Rubber Bands.

riggerrubberbands03There are some new products on the market to hold Tourniquets that we are currently evaluating and will report back once we’ve put them through the ringer.

Here’s a online retailer where we order our Rigger’s Rubber Bands through, but be aware that they require a $25 minimum order.

Stay tuned for more articles on Parachuting and Rigging!

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  • I’ve had good success using rubber wristbands, of the type sold by charities, for this purpose. Likely less robust than these rigger’s bands but perhaps useful for those who can’t get hold of them.

    • ITS Admin

      Thanks for the suggestion James!

  • BootlegGucci

    Finally found confirmation to what these are! I saw them in a TAG catalog and I was stumped trying to figure out exactly what they were. Thanks!

  • Josh

    Cut pieces of bicycle tube work great for securing items…and they last much longer. Just cut some rings from a tube and lash ’em down.

  • Anthony

    That link for the riggers bands no longer works, do you know of any other sites that sell them?

  • Jon

    These stows also work really well at keeping a zippo sealed to prevent the fluid from evaporating, simply place the stow over the seam between the top and bottom and it should keep the lighter air tight and water tight for months to come, I’ve had mine stay filled by using these for upwards of 7 months…

  • trailblazer89

    let’s say i were to purchase a pack of these rubber bands, what would shipping and handling on theses be?  also, are these anything like the ranger bands i have read about?

  • James Donut

    I’ll improvise using standard rubbers thanks.

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