What the heck is Sugru? Well, it’s a repair material. A waterproofer. A comfort gel. A cushioner. A way to improve everyday items. It is, quite frankly, weird stuff.
Sugru is supplied in a small packet which contains a large-marble sized wad of sticky, brightly coloured silicone rubber – rather like sticky plasticine when you first open it. You then have about 15-20 minutes to mould the Sugru into whatever shape or form you want and leave it to set overnight. The next morning you’ll have a rubber thing which you made with your very own hands!
I’ve been struggling with this review for a while now because I wanted to find a genuine use for Sugru rather than just bodge something up for the sake of GearWeAre. Then one day last weekend I needed to trim down a hedge and discovered this —->
old tool in need of mending. Perfect!
Opening a sachet (think foil condom wrapper) of Sugru requires scissors and un-gloved hands. You open the sachet and then peel off the very sticky Sugru (supplied in a variety of bright colours) and roll it around in your hands a bit so it gets less sticky and more pliable.
Then you simply manhandle it into shape, which is enormously cathartic and actually quite fun. In the case of the tool shown here it took under a minute to roll out a sausage of Sugru and then press it into shape. I took the opportunity to add some groovy finger grooves to my masterpiece!
There are plenty of examples of Sugru’s varied uses on its website, some of which are just ingenious!
A packet of 12 sachets of Sugru costs £11/$16.50 and will last you 6 months before it starts to become cured in the packets. (or, if you go by the best-before date on the packets I received you have 18090 years in which to use it, which is handy). At less that £1 per sachet that’s actually a really good investment – a new garden tool would have cost me over £12 so that’s my money saved instantly and I still have 11 sachets left.
|A tentpeg, made better|
Now, I did find one tiny down-side with the Sugru which was that it dyed my fingers funny colours (the dark blue being particularly difficult to wash off), which if I was out on the trail and had to use Sugru to fix/improve something I would imagine being a bit annoying. But, hey, that’s a minor gripe and there are worse things to get on your hands outdoors!
Some idea for how to use Sugru outdoors:
– Make tent-pegs more comfy to push into the ground.
– Make feet for an iPod to keep it off the ground.
– Make big zipper pulls for tent doors.
– Stop cheap camp-cutlery cutting into your hands
– Waterproof holes in your boots, tarps or packs
The list goes on and is as limitless as your imagination.
SUMMARY: Sugru is weird stuff that’s a bit like duct-tape, in that given enough ingenuity you could probably fix or improve the entire world with it. It’s pretty cheap for what you get and I’d imagine that kids (or drunken adults) could absorb hours in playing with it. Now I have a pack, I find myself looking for things that need improving. A nice little investment, or Christmas gift maybe?