I recently needed to use an elastic bandage, and was impressed with how well this old bandage has retained its shape and elasticity.
A few weeks ago, I managed to injure a leg slightly, and had to spend a lot of time with an ice pack on it, under compression. In order to do this I dug out an elastic bandage that we have probably owned for 25 years. I figured it would be so old and stretched out that it wouldn’t be worth much, but I thought it would at least hold the ice pack in place.
What a surprise to discover that the bandage was still nearly as good as a new one! Until then I hadn’t paid any attention to the label... assuming that I had bought a generic brand way back when... Way back when I was wrapping young boys’ twisted ankles or knees. But, there was the label, imprinted on the end of the bandage, and it was a genuine Ace bandage.
I suspect that this may have something to do with how the elastic has retained its stretchiness for so long. I just suggest that if you want to be sure you are getting a top-quality elastic bandage, go for the Ace brand. Current retail prices for the 3" wide Ace bandage are about $6.00