Types of Rubber Bands and their properties

So we’ve been using rubber bands in a lot of places on our bot, and we find that the orange bands are not a one-size-fits all. I heard that different color rubber bands have different properties (some are stretchier, some are more resilient, etc). Can someone list the pros/cons of each color? Or if that’s too much, tell me where to find more info on them? Thanks!


I prefer Sterling :slight_smile:

I never got too deep into this stuff, but I don’t think color matters.

I got Pale Crepe once because they were insanely cheap online Walmart (like $2.50 for 1 lb). They stretch more than Sterling, but provide less restoring force. I think they actually last longer than Sterling, but I’m not 100% sure. I believe elastic tubing lasts longer though.

The Advantage ones are the ones in-stores. Cheap and decent. Good when you’re in a hurry. But my recommendation is to have a box or two of Sterling at all times.

Do the sterling rubber bands have a tighter hold than the orange non-latex ones? Currently we’re using the orange ones on our flywheel and we’ve had problems with them flying off.