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  1. kozz

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    I need super-thin but tough rubber to improve some devices I make to protect my skin from peeling when sprinting barefoot on a track or rough pavement.

    Currently I have a big sheet of 1/16" butyl rubber which results in serviceable but clunky skin-guards that tear apart after two or three uses. That's less than 2mm but still a bit too thick and not flexible enough.

    Where can I get rubber that's 1mm thick but durable? It doesn't have to be thin like latex, just thin enough to be flexible.

    1/16" butyl was the thinnest stuff I could get from my local industrial rubber store.
     
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    Butyl rubber is airtight, that is the purpose of using it, e.g., in inner tubes of tires etc.; it is not particularly durable. I guess you want to look for natural rubber, which has the desired characteristics, e.g., material used for making bicycle tires' tread surfaces. http://www.allsealsinc.com/materials.html has a quick summary of rubber types, I am sure you can find out more by some simple googling.
     
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    Vibram sells 1mm and 2mm in Pro Tania sheets. Some might consider it expensive.
    I made a pair of huaraches with the 2mm and it's held up fine for me. Though, I don't sprint in them.
     
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    There's some interesting stuff here: https://www.ahh.biz/fabric/rubberized/. I have some of the stuff with the little dots texture but I haven't done anything with it yet. At 1/32", it's thin and flexible (not very stretchy) but seems like it would be durable though.
     

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    That could be the right stuff. Yes it's expensive - if it's sole-worthy I wouldn't need a whole big sheet of it.

    They claim it is extremely flexible, is this true? I need flexibility but not a lot of elasticity.

    Also do you know anywhere to get the real barge cement, not the reformulation, in tubes instead of cans?
     
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    The Pro Tania is flexible, but not stretchable. For example, could easily wrap around a can, but not a ball.

    Barge All Purpose Original does not appear to be supplied in tubes.
    http://www.bargeadhesive.com/products.html
     
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    my moccasins, with thin leather (<1,2mm)
    very flexible !
    but too much flexible for sandals, thats why I chose to make moccasins
    its great for road and trails, not good for mud and wet
    anyway, I run 95% barefoot
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