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04/01/08 - Duct Tape, A Photographers Best Friend & Travel Companion.......Now In A Perfect Mini Travel Size!
Is there anything thing more important than duct tape for fixing anything on the road? Yes, it's true many photographers favour gaffers tape, I know I always carry a small-roll with me, but for many quick fixes and working in foul weather, nothing can be better than duct tape.
On a recent trip up to L.L. Bean (www.llbean.com) in Freeport, Maine (always open, 24/7/365, they have NO locks on their doors, they can't close!) I found the perfect solution for my need to pack a roll of duct tape, while traveling in the smallest lightest configuration possible. For a long time I ended up leaving my small-roll of duct tape behind, because even the small-rolls of duct tape take up more space than I want to spare in my bag. While the rolls are small, the cardboard roll that the tape is wound on is very wide.................. The solution to this? The Mini Roll Duct Tape by GearAid (www.adventuremedicalkits.com), turns out you can buy these two packs of 2" x 100" rolls of duct tape almost anywhere, they are currently only $3.00 at REI (www.rei.com)!
What makes these mini rolls so easy to travel with? Simple, you can place a full Gear Aid Mini Roll Duct Tape inside the cardboard insert of a Scotch small roll of duct tape! Peal off some of the Mini Roll Duct Tape fixing and affixing things and you can slide the whole roll into the cardboard insert of a Bogen's mini-roll of gaffers tape!
This is the answer to my tape prayers. It really is, I missed having a roll of plain, ugly, unfashionable silver duct tape in my bag.
This truly is a must have for every photographer, whether they are flying around the world or just heading down the road.
Below is the Gear Aid two pack of Mini Roll Duct Tape and a photo of a Bogen's mini-roll of gaffers tape next to the Gear Air two pack of Mini Roll Duct Tape.
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