What's the best way to repair holes/tears in your waterproof junk? I've repaired a pair of gloves and a pair of gaiters with the peel-n-stick Gor brand patches, but they last maybe two trips before they peel off and leave that white not-very-durable film over your hole
I dont particularly care how it looks- just want it sealed up. Anybody had any high-durability luck with other stuff?
+1 Tenacious tape is awesome, depending where you live you could have it professionally repaired but a role of tenacious tape goes a long way. I would suggest cutting the patch into an oval or circular shape so a corner doesn't peel up, you could also reinforce it on the inside with either the same tape or duck tape. I have used that technique to repair gators and hard shell pants with great success and money left over for beers.
Gore-Tex patches are a joke, because any breathability is negated by the thorough covering of adhesive.
Hmmmm, I think that is a bit of a stretch. If the ripstop patch is relatively small, then then the ratio of non-breathable patch to breathable-jacket ratio is hardly enough to effect the overall breathability of the garment....especially considering that "Gore-tex" and "breathable" are oxymorons anyway. Your Seam grip scheme seems like a good idea though.
I prefer ripstop tape to the Tenacious tape because ripstop is more malleable and it seems to stay attached longer than the Tenacious tape. That's just my anecdotal evidence though.
Yeah, the Gore-tex patches are weak, and expensive. Seamgrip or Aquaseal are pretty durable. For a large hole, I'll throw in a few stitches to hold the fabric together and then seal with one of the two goops above. I use a toothpick to apply the goop so I don't get a huge glob.