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Old 07-17-2012   #1
Richmond, Virginia
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Cam Straps what type?????

Time to get new straps for the cat. And was wondering what all of the "pros" use.

Looking at strapworks and they have 5 types to choose from and based on there descriptions I have it narrowed down to Heavyweight Polypropylene and Polyester.

The polyester has alot higher break strength over the HWP. BUt they have a pretty good deal on strap kits but they only come in HWP.

So what would you all get

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Old 07-19-2012   #2
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Appreciate the help!

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Old 07-19-2012   #3
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If you'd asked what brand people buy you may have got some replies.

I'm far from a "pro" but I used to buy NRS and have no idea what they are made of. I no longer have access to wholesale orders from NRS and they want way too much for their straps. Now I buy Aire outcast and like them even more than the NRS straps. I have no idea what the Aire straps are made of. They can be bought at Sportsmans warehouse for like 10 bucks for a 4 pack but they only carry a few sizes.
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Old 07-19-2012   #4
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I use 1.5" polyester from strapworks. Great quality, and you can get crazy cool designs so there is no mistaking that they are your straps.
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Old 07-19-2012   #5
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Down River Rafts and Equipment

Not the cheapest but awesome quality
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Old 07-19-2012   #6
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I'm getting what Mania has.
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Old 07-19-2012   #7
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Billings Sunshine sports

I bought these straps a few years ago in Billings Montana at Sunshine Sports. They are cam straps but the are really thick and really strong. About twice as thick as an NRS strap They dont have them on their web site, but if you call and ask for the heavy duty whitewater straps, they'll tell you about them. I've abused the heck out my gear and they are still holding strong, and they dont seem to sunfade like NRS or other straps. Not saying anything bad about NRS straps, but these seem stronger. I'm working on rigging up all three of my cats with them, and order a bunch every year. I think I started using them five years ago, float mostly during high water and have still yet to break one. You might check em out, everybody that sees them likes em.
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Old 07-19-2012   #8
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Polypro floats, good for tag lines.
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 07-19-2012   #9
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From what I've seen- most of the stuff out there is Polypro- Nylon was the old standard but it is largely being replaced by Polypro and polyester cause it stretches and really isn't that strong compared to the newer stuff. Nylon<Polypro<Polyester on the strength meter-

If they're too "grainy" or open weave, they're harder to tighten- but less likely to slip- I have some old Sotars that are really smooth and easy to tighten, but will loosen on their own a little. Always a trade off-
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Old 07-19-2012   #10
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Nylon deteriorates much faster than polyester from the sun and it's harmful rays.

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