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Old 10-22-2009, 10:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Need idea for pods in wet weather...

I am mentally preparing for a drenching at this Saturday's game at Battlefront and got to thinking about pods. Surely there is some kind of rubber boot or cover of some kind that a guy could secure over the top of his pods that would form an airtight seal and would be snug and remain in place to protect the paint on you from moisture on really rainy days.

I have been racking my brain trying to think of something from a hardware store, department store or other local source that could be adapted but I am drawing a blank. Small sized rubber gloves came to mind but would probably not stay in place and the fingers would just be weird. Anyone have any ideas?

I like to carry more paint than I need so long trips back to the vehicle are few and far between. I carry my pods in a Spec Ops vest, hanging in the normal upside down fashion on my back. Boots/covers that were very secure would also have the added benefit of perhaps saving a pod of paint in the event your vest gets snagged and pulls one of the flaps open. Only thing is, whatever I try to adapt can't be too difficult to remove in the heat of battle.
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe a neoprene shroud, or some giant o-rings.
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thought about that with rubber bands but would like something reusable and more durable.

Thought about the neoprene route but couldn't think of anything off the shelf that would be just right.

Keep those ideas coming!

My idea would be to have a neoprene boot that would be very snug, extends about four inches onto the pod and would have a strong zipper to release from the pod.
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Condoms? That'd be the easiest I'd figure...
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Condoms? That'd be the easiest I'd figure...
Actually had thought about that!

I might try one of those beer bottle neoprene covers and see if that might work. I believe they all have a hole in the bottom, however.
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Electrical tape would create a tighter seal, and stay on. Just an idea.

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If you used something like rubber cement to secure the neoprene you can just roll it up to open the pod, no need for something useless like a zipper.
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Overthinking the problem. I've never had the contents of pods get wet if stored properly and quality pods are used. My old as hell 32 degrees pods stay very dry. I've not seen a problem with my field's GenXGlobal pods either, and we've played in some nasty stuff.

But perhaps, instead of sealing the outside of the pod, why not throw a crumpled up piece of paper towel inside the pod, on top of the paint. Use a whole sheet of paper towel, sacrifice 10 rounds worth of space, and put it on top of the paint, between the lid and the paint. That way if any water does happen to get in, it would be stopped by the paper towel. You can then stuff the paper towel in a pocket and quickly reload.
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Overthinking the problem.
You are probably right about that! I am a bit anal about keeping my paint in good shape and it isn't just keeping water out - it's about keeping humid air out too.

Just a bit of evidence as to my sick mind...

I keep my extra paint between games stored in ten round tubes, nine per tube to avoid compression - stored horizontally. These tubes are then subsequently placed inside "airtight" food storage containers that hold about fifteen tubes each. These containers are then stored in what is advertised as an airtight larger container about 2-1/2' x 1' x 1-1/2' that stores about eight of these smaller containers. Inside this larger container, I keep a silica dessicant to absorb moisture which in theory should not dry out my paint since it is contained in tubes inside the food containers. How sick is that?!

Tape might be the easiest and cheapest solution...
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