Ranger Bands are field grade rubber bands designed specifically for outdoor use and urban improvisation.
- 2" x 0.5"
- Made out of EPDM Rubber for outstanding heat, UV, and saltwater resistance
- Holds gear securely in place while allowing it to be easily removed when needed
- Each band burns for 3 minutes with a large flame, making it an ideal source of tinder
- Made in USA and sold as a pack of 20
I've used ranger bands for many years now, and I find they are up there with duct tape and cordage in terms of versatility. There's really so many things you can do with a really strong rubber band.
While ranger bands have served me very well over the years, cutting up old bicycle inner tubes became a hassle, so I decided to work with a rubber band factory to see if there was a better option. After quite a bit of experimentation with sizes and rubber mixtures, we ended up creating a really rugged rubber band.
What sets them apart is that they are made out of double-thick EPDM rubber, and designed specifically for functioning in the outdoors. EPDM has a working temperature from -50 to 300 degrees, works well with water, and does not break down from exposure to sunlight the way normal rubber bands do.
Simply put, they're the toughest rubber bands available.
Classic ranger band vs. Gearward Ranger Band:
One of the most popular uses for Ranger Bands are Altoids Tin Survival Kits. The bands keep the kit closed in case it is dropped, and serve as a source of waterproof tinder.
However, because of the high stretch of the bands, they can also be used to attach a survival kit to your knife to create a far more effective option. Here's my Spyderco Rock Salt, with an emergency space blanket, survival kit, and knife sharpener attached:
Not only do they hold the kit securely in place, but the Ranger Bands also serve as an excellent source of tinder. Because rubber is non-absorbent, it's completely waterproof, and the extra-thick bands burn for 3 minutes.
Ranger Bands are also useful for creating field expedient weapon lights for shotguns and rifles:
Obviously, if you have the money for a Surefire Forend, that's a better option. But, in a pinch, this method works well, and definitely beats shooting in the dark:
Ranger Bands are also becoming increasingly popular for use on rifle stocks in order to store tourniquets or keep slings folded up for transport.
In terms of day-to-day use, lately I've been using them as a minimalist front pocket wallet for going to the bars:
Overall, I think you'll find Ranger Bands to be a versatile addition to your preps, and you will be surprised by how many ways they can come in handy.
Ranger Bands are Made in the USA and sold as a pack of 20.