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Grippy stuff for sports clothes Answered

hi hi, i have an old pair of cyclist's leg warmers. they have lost some of their elastic action, and they fall down almost straight away. I went and bought some new elastic to sew onto them, but also wanted to stick some gripper stuff on the inside. The gripper stuff is found on most knicks and cycle shorts now; it's some sort of silicone or rubber that grips to your leg. I don't know what exactly it is, so didn't want to go out to the hardware store and just buy some tube of silicone, only to find out it irritates the hell out of my skin or just doesn't do the job. I tried a (big) sewing supplies store, but they had no idea what it could be. Can anyone help? I'm in Australia. I saw that in the states you can buy elastic with the gripper already on it, which is a bit of a pain. The gripper stuff is used by skiers and canoeists too... Cheers, Ben

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CameronSS
CameronSS

11 years ago

Not being familiar with athletic wear, the closest thing I can think of that matches your description is that Liquid-Grip stuff you can buy to coat tool handles. Since it's intended to be held in your hand, I would guess that it is non-irritating.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 11 years ago

You'd be suprised, it may well irritate other skin, your hands are usually quite tough against irritation, person to person it varies so much I guess the elbow test seems a good plan... Maybe it would work if it was soaked through a little band of fabric though...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

11 years ago

some people are allergic to silicone

I believe the material you are making reference to is called SPANDEX

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

11 years ago

Buy a pair of cheap ladies hold up tights, they'll say something or other giving themselves away but I used them in a little project once, the siliconish bits make great starts for arm and wristband mounted gadgets, or for keeping your watch on straight.