What makes Theraband?

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by FIAAO, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. bigdh2000

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    Used both TBG and Gold's Green. Both are good but I think TBG has the edge. Just remember Gold's Green is latex based.

    One issue I have noted, the lighter weight TB colors are prone to slip once tied given their clean nature. Gold's bands are all latex and covered in powder...no slips at any strength yet.
     
  2. mvd

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    Maybe pure latex milk? Stab in the dark.....
     

  3. bigdh2000

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    TB is latex free.
     
  4. mvd

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    ...you say theraband is latex free.......well then everybody here except you was hugely mistaken.......
     
  5. VWscooby

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    TB does make latex free bands but TBG is latex along with pretty much all the ones people use for slingshots.
     
  6. bigdh2000

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    Every piece of TB I have ever acquired states it is latex free on it.
     
  7. bigdh2000

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    However, I do always acquire TB from PT supply sources. Perhaps this is my error.
     
  8. mvd

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    then you did not buy the right stuff.....the best slingshot rubber (as far as I know) is latex
     
  9. zurk021414

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    I was on theraband's website and they do have two different versions, latex and latex free. I notice because my wife is allergic to latex. Bandaids are like the worst offenders, 'cause they'll leave a red mark that itches.
     
  10. VWscooby

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    The colour ratings are different for the latex-free range.

    This is taken from therabands website:

    "Yellow (thin), Red (medium), Green (heavy), Blue (extra heavy) and Black (special heavy)."

    There is no gold in the latex free range.


    Its funny you should mention sticking plasters. Im allergic to elastoplast, I come up in blisters, but I'm fine with latex. It must be the glue for me.
     
  11. coyote-1

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    Isn't TBG latex? My box says so....
     
  12. VWscooby

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    TB isn't pure latex so slightly slower apparently
     
  13. bigdh2000

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    I checked more closely, TBG does not state "Latex Free" on the back but all my other colors do (Red, Black, etc.). Now that I think back (about six months) I recall TBG not being available through my normal supply source. Now I know why.

    Thanks for the info. and setting me straight.
     
  14. zurk021414

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    VWScoob, wife is definitely allergic to latex, but forms other than bandaids usually are just uncomfortable, since they don't get held as tight or as long to the skin.

    Sucks being allergic to the stickum, you probably have to go for a full gauze wrap and then tape to tape. But, if you ain't allergic to latex, you can use an "ACE" bandage over your gauze on a wound and not use tape at all. ACE bandages are those stretchy brown wraps you often use for a sprained ankle or knee, they are perfectly fine to use over a wound that you've covered in gauze. See, the wife breaks out with the ACE bandage.
     
  15. smallbore

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    from the first replies, we can see that we can measure the draw weight and stretch for different materials, is there a table somewhere of different products compared so we can evaluate what we can get locally / cheaply / available and have some idea on where it fits on the scale?
     
  16. bigdh2000

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    Wish there was too smallbore.

    If you live near a Wal-Mart, the Gold's Gym green band is very good and reasonably priced. Without running any insane tests, I find it on par with TB Gold.
     
  17. Ghosth

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    I know that 2" of Gold's Gym green is all I want to draw, and that on a starship fully braced.

    I personally don't see a need for more. If it is a few pounds lighter or a few feet per second slower it really doesn't effect me. I'm not chasing power, I'm chasing accuracy and enjoyment.
     
  18. coyote-1

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    I'm chasing power. lol

    My parameters are that I want to shoot as heavy an object as fast as possible, with good accuracy, within approximately 15 meters - and accomplish that without having to do massive strength training.

    My paradigm is this: A gun in the home is too often lethal or injurious to residents and guests to want to keep one sitting around loaded. It is too easy, in a groggy half-asleep state, to hear a noise and automatically grab the gun. Next thing you know you've shot your child or spouse or dog.... happens thousands of times annually in this nation. Not always fatal, but too often it is (or severely injurious).

    But weapons for home defense are valid. Therefore a weapon that requires some focus to operate, such as a crossbow or good slingshot, is a good option. You can't roll out of bed with crossbow or slingshot in-hand! You have to wake up enough to locate it and get it loaded, and that process will likely prevent the accidental shooting of your wife who is stumbling around down in the kitchen feeding the new baby. The stats tell us this is so; there are almost no accidental shootings, either in home or out in the hunting field, with bows of any sort or with slingshots.

    And certainly, these weapons can take down an intruder. Especially at the close ranges that comprise the rooms and hallways of our houses. These weapons also have the benefit of relative silence.

    It's a huge plus that simple target shooting with these weapons is also great fun. :) Hopefully they never have to be deployed in a real scenario.
     
  19. dolomite

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    Coyote, your thinking is flawed. Look at stats, having a dog is the most reliable form of home protection. If someone trys to break in, the dog goes ballistic and you wake up with a huge shot of adrenaline which counter effects the groggy. If you have no dog and someone is in the house to harm you, the info shows the telltale clack-clack of a pump shotgun or the slide being cycled on a semiautomatic pistol will send all but a determined murderer running for the hills. The ''silence'' of the slingshot means you now have to put yourself in harms way, and if you miss...you and your family are as good as dead. The idea that negligent discharge can't happen with a slingshot is ridiculous at best, a jumpy person is jumpy no matter the weapon. Take into account that for a slingshot to shoot it has to be drawn, which means you lead with your arm extended making it relatively easy to be disarmed. Wether you're anti gun or not, best bet is 70+ lbs of pissed off teeth and fur. Obviously, do what you think is right, but 73lbs of dolomite and Mr. Beretta px4 have my family's back at all hours of the night.
     
  20. coyote-1

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    All I spoke of was weapons, not other ancillary systems. And the data is clear: some small hundreds of intruders are shot annually, while deaths to residents and guests number significantly higher and injuries to residents and guests are in the tens of thousands.

    I've been on both sides of this. Once I had to deploy a gun to prevent a robbery at a store (did not have to shoot, thankfully); the other time it was my groggy Dad, hearing his dog yapping at an 'intruder' at 3am (me), running out with his gun. The only reason I'm still alive is because he'd cleaned that gun that day, and neglected to reload it. He has not kept a loaded gun by the bedside since.

    The "idea that negligent discharge can't happen with a slingshot" is not what I said. I said that the data shows it virtually never does happen. Doesn't mean it can't, but it somehow almost never does. Same with bows and crossbows. As but one example, there are approximately a thousand gun hunting accidents in North America each and every year. Of which more than 80 are fatal. Go do a bit of research, and tell me how many bow/crossbow hunting accidents occur each DECADE... and how many are fatal.

    Interesting that you've opted to cast me as "anti-gun". I'm not. I have owned some, my fave being a Mini-14, and to this day when I go to Vegas I find my way to the full-auto range rather than the casinos. I know I'll get far more entertainent spending $200 on .45 for a Tommy gun than dropping it into a one-armed bandit. :)

    So no, my thinking is not flawed. I'm not anti-gun. I am, rather, pro-math. The data on these things are abundant and clear. Not interested in trying to convince you as I don't know you or your family at all, so whatever you choose for them and yourself is up to you. I will choose the lesser risk to my family.