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By Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Apr 10, 2012
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination R...
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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?

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By S Denny
From Aspen, CO
Apr 10, 2012
tenacious tape.

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By jbird
Apr 10, 2012
+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.

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By Sam Feuerborn
From Durango, CO
Apr 10, 2012
Castle Wood Canyon, May '09
gorilla tape in a circle with a little super glue around the edges lasts forever.

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By blakeherrington
Apr 11, 2012
Apply tape (masking or scotch) to outside of garment, with torn edges re-lined up.

Turn inside-out, and put on Seam Grip.

Let it sit over night, and you are good to go.

Gore-Tex patches are a joke, because any breathability is negated by the thorough covering of adhesive.

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By J. Albers
From Colorado
Apr 11, 2012
Bucky
blakeherrington wrote:
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.

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By Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Apr 11, 2012
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination R...
I'll have to try the tape/seamer. I used some tent repair kit sealant on the rubber palm of a torn mitt, and it's held up good for about 4 or 5 trips, and I just caked it on the surface.

I don't use the Gor patches for breathability... I just used them in the hopes that of all things that would stick best to GorTex, Gortex patches would be best. Was a hope, and likely wrong.

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By KathyS
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Apr 11, 2012
Me at the summit of Inner Course (5.4) in the Outl...
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.

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