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Old 04-22-2015   #1
 
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Care and Retreating Cam Straps

Has anyone reapplied a UV protectant to their polypropylene straps (I am specifically looking at my NRS ones)? I know NRS uses a protectant during manufacturing but I assume that wears off over times especially with the desert river sediment load. 303 makes several products but I can't find polypro mentioned on any of them.

Thoughts?

Also curious about when people retire them beyond obvious abrasions/cuts and malfunctioning cams.

I am slowly replacing my kit but it will likely take a few years with the numbers we have and other gear costs. I replaced my NRS cams for the frame with Tuff River Stuff 1.5" and I am impressed with their quality.

Thanks for any help.

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I just saw on the website that 303 does not recommend using their Aerospace protectant on "fabrics" but I am not sure where polypro falls into category wise. They list canvas as an example so my guess is polypro is considered less a "fabric" and more generically a plastic or polymer. Want to find out more before I treat them though.
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I believe the best defense is a strong offense, so I discourage my cam straps from retreating.

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Well played sir, well played.

Definitely a poorly formatted question and thread title on my part; not my first, not likely my last.

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Learn to sew a simple bar tack or box stitch and replace anything that looks suspect.

I know what you mean about getting them to last longer but I believe the wear and tear of use and the abrasion of sediment in most rivers grinds them up before the sun does. That said I don't leave mine laying around outside either.
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Try some polyester cam straps- they tolerate the sun a lot better.

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Try some polyester cam straps- they tolerate the sun a lot better.

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Indeed, one of the reasons I am transitioning to Tuff River Stuff straps. That said, I currently have a ton of the NRS ones and would love to extend their life as much as possible considering it would cost $150+ to replace them all. Just trying to make the most of my current investment.

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I have seen other post a link to this, I love a bag of straps for under $30 with shipping:Grab Bag of Cam Straps | Salamander Paddle Gear
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I do an annual wash in Woolite- just soak em in a bucket of warm water. Helps keep the grit out and the function high. Won't do anything for UV though- I think that's just part of life you can't avoid

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At the end of each season and maybe once in the middle, I put water in a 5 gallon bucket, dump in some 303 and then throw in all my cam straps and let them soak for a while. Then take em out and let em dry. I try to be sure they are already silt free...
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