As much as I use tape it’s no surprise that as a technical outdoor repair expert I also use a special tape to repair down jacket and sleeping bag rips, water-proof ski and snowboard pants, tents and backpacks. But I don’t use packing tape, NO to duct tape and NO to other funky sticky tape as it will leave a mess that is impossible to remove. You want to get a roll of McNett’s Tenacious Tape for $5, cut off what you need from the 3″x18″ resealable tube that can be tossed in a pack for repairs in the field. My favorite repair using Tenacious Tape is down jackets.Continue reading
Up for repair this week is this BIG AGNES down sleeping bag. This bag is core gear on cold nights for ultra athlete Chris Scotch, from Bend, Oregon, an annual participant in Minnesota’s Arrowhead Ultra that takes place during the coldest week of winter. This repair is not under warranty– it’s good to know that bleach destroys nylon.
We ordered an ounce of 800 Fill Power White Goose Down with Activ-Dri from Thru-Hiker.com to refill what was lost then mend the inner baffles and patch it over it with fresh, beautiful down-proof nylon.Continue reading