What is the difference between a Uniband band and the latex bands that I have been using?

Uniband will do everything that latex bands can do without having any of the disadvantages of being made from natural rubber latex. Some estimates indicate that up to 10% of the population may be susceptible to latex allergy, rising to 25% for hospital workers and up to 75% for children with Spina Bifida. You never know who may have a latex allergy, so why take the risk when Uniband bands will do everything the latex bands do and yet are latex free.

Why are Uniband bands better than conventional latex bands?

Uniband bands are made from synthetic polymers that are produced to very tight physical property specifications. There is little or no variability in the properties of the raw materials. What’s more the Uniband bands are made using a precision engineering manufacturing process. All Uniband bands are made to very tight specifications in an ISO 9000 QA environment, FDA registered manufacturing facility in the UK. It is the modulus of a band, i.e. the force required to stretch the band to a given amount of elongation, which is the controlling factor, not the thickness or diameter as with latex bands. This means that every Uniband band or tube is certain to deliver exactly the same resistance force without any overlap to another colour level. Uniband bands are highly consistent in performance.

Latex bands are made from natural rubber latex which is a material that can be quite variable in its physical properties. Also the process involved in converting the natural latex into solid rubber to make the bands is not easily controllable. This often results in bands that have significantly different resistance levels from one batch to the next. Often the resistance level of a band of one colour can overlap the resistances of the bands of the colour level higher or lower than the specific band being used. Latex band manufacturers publish the resistance levels for each colour of band but this is an average number and they do not tell you the tolerance ranges as these can be very wide.

Will Uniband bands last as long as latex bands?

Samples from every batch of Uniband bands are tested on a dynamic cycle durability device. In this test the bands are stretched repeatedly to 300% elongation; this is twice the elongation amount used in most exercise programs. It is not recommended under normal circumstances to stretch them by more than 250% elongation. In this arduous test Uniband bands are expected to withstand a minimum of 10,000 stretches; usually they last for 25,000 – 30,000 which is many times longer than the normal life usage in practice. Latex bands on the other hand are much more variable and often break anywhere between 3,000 – 20,000 stretches. Uniband bands are highly consistent when used within normal operating parameters whereas latex bands are inconsistent and unpredictable.

Why are Uniband bands brighter than the bands I have used before?

The cheerful bright colour sequence of the Uniband bands and tubes was selected after careful market research into which colours appeal best to a wide range of users. The Uniband colours follow the lightest to darkest – weakest to strongest regime that is common for exercise bands and tubes.

Very Low ResistanceYellow (very low resistance)
Low ResistanceRed (Low resistance)
Moderate ResistanceGreen (Moderate resistance)
Heavy ResistanceBlue (Heavy resistance)
Very Heavy ResistanceBlack (Very heavy resistance)

Why are Uniband bands narrower than latex bands?

The width of Uniband bands are 100mm. This has been found in practice to be an optimal size for grasping without excessive bunching of the band in the users hands. The 100mm width also helps the bands to stay flat and not crease up during use.

Why do I need to ‘condition’ the bands with a pre-stretch?

Just as when you ‘blow-up’ a new balloon for the first time it is harder to blow it than on subsequent attempts, elastic bands have to be pre-stretched too. This is because the molecular structure of elastic polymer needs to be oriented before reaching a stable state. This pre-stretching applies to all exercise bands whether they are latex or Uniband. To ‘condition’ the band you should pre-stretch it by giving it one long hard pull to approximately 250% elongation and hold it there for approximately 5 seconds before using it for regular exercise. It is not recommended under normal circumstances to stretch them by more than 250% elongation.

How far can I stretch Uniband bands?

Uniband bands are designed to be used within the elongation range of 25-250% stretch. Most commonly the operating range for general exercise will be 25-200%. Within this range the stress-strain properties of the bands are generally linear and highly consistent from one level to another. It is not recommended under normal circumstances to stretch them by more than 250% elongation. To avoid injury do not direct Uniband bands towards the face or neck.

What precautions should I take to prevent breakage?

Under normal conditions of use the bands should last for months although they will not last forever. Prior to using the bands it is recommended that you visually inspect them for signs of nicks or small tears that may cause breakage. Be aware that jewellery, fingernails, and other sharp objects may cause small tears or abrasions. To avoid injury do not direct Uniband bands towards the face or neck.
After using Uniband with any accessories the ‘band’ should be visually examined for any signs of ‘nicks’ or ‘pin holes’ which could arise during contact with accessory straps.

When should I replace my bands?

It is recommended that you routinely check Uniband bands for evidence of wear and tear at connection points and replace if necessary. Care should be taken to monitor any accessory attachment periodically for evidence of wear, strain and slippage. With heavy use, such as in a physio therapy clinic, bands may need to be replaced more frequently.

Can I use Uniband band with handles and accessories?

Uniband bands are recommended for use with a wide range of accessories such as handles, ankle cuffs and door anchors. When attaching bars or tubes to accessory items it is recommended that you use a secure knot. Insecure attachments may cause the band to slip and could cause injury. Further guidance on how to fit accessories can be found within our Accessory Fitting Guidance document. The connection point where the accessory is fitted can exaggerate the wear of the band. Therefore care should be taken to monitor any accessory attachment periodically for evidence of wear, strain and slippage.

How should Uniband be stored and cleaned?

It is recommended that the band should be cleaned with warm soapy water, dryed and stored away. Avoid using strong detergents which could have an adverse effect on the material.