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Marking gear

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:19 am
by Damage
Hi Guys
What is the best way to mark /identify your gear
I've seen tape and paint so far
But paint and even anodizing seems to get worn off :0)
And some tape goes all sticky

Your thoughts ??
/d

Re: Marking gear

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:53 am
by Nic Le Maitre
Whatever you do, it will get worn off. Make peace with the fact that you will have to redo the marking from time to time. I use 3M reflective tape, since it makes it easier to find gear I've dropped in the dark. I've also seen nail polish work well, particularly the Halloween glow in the dark ones.

Re: Marking gear

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:03 am
by justin
Nail polish works (and lasts) well.
It allows you to make a small discrete mark on your gear.

Re: Marking gear

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:02 am
by PeterHS
Hi.

A good question. I use tape. A black band with a narrow red band over it. It does wear eventually and more on high use items like ATCs but if placed carefully it works well.

I also keep a list of every item of climbing gear and clothing I have. I did from the start and add to it each time I buy. It's not too tedious but if ever I had a pack lost or stolen I'd be able easily to list items missing. It's surprising how quickly how much gear one accumulates. It's easy too to forget what one has too.

Peter

Re: Marking gear

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:22 am
by Warren G
Engrave the ali in the places that they don't see wear eg the inside of a cam's lobe. Email address ideally. Typically its the metal stuff thats expensive, not slings

Re: Marking gear

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:08 am
by bad
Try a company called "tough tags" in the uk
I bought a few QDs from someone in JHB and years later they're still on the QDs
toughtags.co.uk

Re: Marking gear

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:56 pm
by BAbycoat
Seconding Justin's recommendation of nail polish (except for the discrete part). Make sure it's on low wear areas - e.g. Inside cam lobes, inside nuts (for the hollowed out big nuts), inside I-beam (if you have I-beam 'binders), inside ... You get the point. Use two or three colors to ensure uniqueness.

Re: Marking gear

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 1:58 pm
by BAbycoat
PS - when my (now fiancé) first moved in with me, she found two bottles of nail polish, assumed they belonged to a previous girlfriend, and threw them out. So I bought some more. Led to an awkward conversation when she found the same color nail polish in the bathroom, and was concerned about another lady in the house.

Re: Marking gear

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:13 pm
by PeterHS
BAbycoat wrote:PS - when my (now fiancé) first moved in with me, she found two bottles of nail polish, assumed they belonged to a previous girlfriend, and threw them out. So I bought some more. Led to an awkward conversation when she found the same color nail polish in the bathroom, and was concerned about another lady in the house.
So, was that man colour? Or lady colour ....?! P

Re: Marking gear

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:09 pm
by lelikegogga
BAbycoat wrote:Led to an awkward conversation when she found the same color nail polish in the bathroom
Haha, that's cause you left it in the bathroom. You should keep your nail polish where real men do; In your man cave! :jocolor:
Then get yourself one of these:
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Re: Marking gear

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:32 pm
by Damage
Thanks guys

Re: Marking gear

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:12 am
by dirktalma
I will definitely refer her to this thread during a future altercation

Re: Marking gear

Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:17 am
by justin
Classic story BAbycoat :P