Welcome to Rugged Thread

Your home for technical outdoor clothing and gear repair

We repair all four seasons of outdoor clothing, adventure gear, tents, backpacks and bags, motorcycle clothing and bags, soft-sided luggage, and broken zippers of all types. Our goal is to make the repair experience easy, affordable, and of the highest quality while contributing to the well-being of our planet and communities.

Every year, Americans throw away 16 million tons of clothing and textiles–polluting our water supply and contaminating our landfills. Sadly, almost everything we use for outdoor adventures from sleeping bags and backpacks, to jackets and tents are made from petrochemicals that take 200+ years to decompose.

Rugged Thread is solving an over pollution crisis in the outdoor industry by helping manufacturers, retailers, and individuals keep thousands of pounds of textiles out of the landfill. We are rethinking the life-cycle of our clothing and gear and challenging the norm of throwing stuff “away”. By choosing to fix our stuff rather than buy new, each of us makes a significant difference: simply extending the life of a garment by 90 days reduces its environmental impact by 30%. Thanks to people like you, we have prevented more than 30,000 pounds from ending up in the landfill.

Not only are we solving an environmental issue, but we are creating living-wage jobs and contributing to the well-being of our communities. We ensure that our sewing technicians receive a living wage, benefits, and paid time off.

Our Services

Rip-Repair-Rewear: just like it sounds, we fix zippers, replace VELCRO, add snaps and straps (webbing), buckles, and shock cord. We patch rips, holes, and seams on technical outdoor clothing, down jackets, bags, and backpacks. We also do a variety of custom projects like Sprinter van conversion screens and sail boat sail repair.

zipper repair

We repair, replace, upgrade and retrofit zippers on everything from jackets, backpacks, and tents, to heavy-duty zippers on motorcycle bags, tent trailers, Jeep soft-tops, and sailboat covers.

Down jacket and sleeping bag repair

Rip or burn hole in your favorite puffy? We do custom patches, down re-stuffing, and can often color match depending on the brand. 

technical outerwear

Seam taping, hemming, and custom work such as adding new cuff guards to ski pants or pockets to a jacket.

Its amazing what we can repair!

Please note: to avoid our $35 cleaning fee, please clean your items before bringing them in or shipping them to us. Dirty items gum up our machines and are a detriment to the happiness and well-being of our staff. Thanks!


Tuesday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Wednesday & Thursday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Sat 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Sunday & Monday CLOSED

Not local?
Ship it!

We take shipping orders world-wide. Simply fill out our online shipping form, call us for a price quote, and within 10 days you'll have your items back good as new!

Our Impact

Environmental sustainability

30,000 pounds of textiles kept out of the landfill

Social responsibility

Creating living wage jobs and teaching a vocational skill


Fostering a new economy based on the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit

Thank you Bend retailers for referring your clients to Rugged Thread: REI of Bend, Patagonia of Bend, Mountain Supply, Giant Loop Moto, Pine Mountain Sports, and Gear Peddler.