CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS/KPLC) – The whipping winds are often responsible for fraying the ends of your stripes on Old Glory. The Flag Saver promises to cut back on the amount of wind that gets to the edge of your flag, in turn saving it from fraying.
Wendell Watkins feels pride flying Old Glory, but knows it's not good flag etiquette to display a tattered and worn flag like the old one he recently had flying. So, he bought a brand new one and hopes the Flag Saver device might just make this new flag last a little longer.
"I guess if it keeps the wind away from it so much, it might help it," says Wendell.
That is the idea. The inventor says the Flag Saver diverts some of the wind to cut down on the whipping. This clear, v-shaped, acrylic device mounts to your flagpole. It clips in between the pole and the flag.
Wendell and I think it'd be a lot easier to attach if you had the traditional flag and pulley system with snap clips, rather than ones pry open which we use in this test. Our pole had limited room to work with. With some extra effort, Wendell gets both the flag and Flag Saver mounted.
The weather was windy when we installed the flag. Wendell says, "It's windy and it's gonna be windy."
So, I left the Flag Saver with Wendell for almost a week. It held up during 40 mile per hour wind gusts and a strong downpour. Wendell feels pretty confident the Flag Saver might just work over time.
"I put it up high enough. We'll find out," says Wendell
It's also nice to see the Flag Saver doesn't take away from the beauty of the flag. It's a tough material, but it's clear so it's not very visible, which is the idea. Remember, this will not work on flags that simply slip over a pole. You must have clips to keep the device in place.
So for now, it looks like the Flag Saver fly high to a YES for this week's "Does it Work?" test. The Flag Saver is a bit pricey though, running $48 for a 3x5' for our purchase. The larger sizes cost a bit more at $59 for the 4x6' and $72 for the 5x8'.