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Feb 13, 2013
At the anchors.
After a very fun few days of ice climbing, I've discovered a new love, acquired some very sore muscles, and ripped or sliced three articles of clothing. How do y'all repair your waterproof gear?

Thanks!
Brigette
From Duvall, WA
Joined Sep 22, 2008
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Feb 13, 2013
Stray dog found in rural Alabama w severe mange. T...
Ripstop tape plus perimeter stitching with a light coat of SilNet has worked for me in the past. BHMBen
From The Briar Patch
Joined Jan 12, 2007
1,660 points
Feb 13, 2013
Me at the summit of Inner Course (5.4) in the Outl...
I've tried stick-on patches, and they always peel off before too long. Here is how I fix my waterproof stuff:

iceclimbingforums.com/showthre...
KathyS
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Joined Nov 16, 2007
137 points
Feb 13, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
Seam-Grip! Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Joined May 4, 2011
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Feb 13, 2013
Myself placing a a blue/yellow offset MC to protec...
A neat stich and Seam Grip is by far the most long lasting fix that is 100% waterproof.

If its a big hole you cant stitch closed then what Ben mentioned is best. You can get goretex patches as well
rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
Joined Dec 20, 2009
253 points
Feb 13, 2013
Following up a new route out in the Mojave Desert....
Just stitch and re-seal. If you can't stitch it, stitch on some matching coated nylon and seal it. Stick on patches and repair tape always seem to peel off at the worst times...

I carry a small sewing kit with me on long trips with some scrap nylon and sealer. Only had to use it once or twice, but it kept me from being wet and cold both times.

EDIT:
The Goretex patches are a waste of money. Unless the hole is huge, one small patch of non-breathable coated nylon isn't going to affect your jacket's performance.
Davis Stevenson
From Flagstaff, Arizona
Joined Dec 5, 2010
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Feb 13, 2013
I've had luck with small holes using the stickers that come in the Thermarest repair kits. Brian Abram
From Celo, NC
Joined Oct 17, 2007
55 points
Feb 13, 2013
soloing Boulder Canyon Upper Falls
I put on the basic rip stop patches and then go over them with shoe goo. Seems to be the burliest option I've found that allows me to skip the sewing part. Micahisaac
From Longmont, CO
Joined Apr 4, 2006
108 points
Feb 13, 2013
Axes glistening in the sun
I've tried the goretex patches, they worked ok, but eventually peeled off! Ive used duct tape that was pretty good but also eventually peeled off. The best stuff I've used is from home depot can't remember what it's called, but it's basically for dipping your work tools in to create a rubber grip. Hold the tear together and paint it on. It's flexible and waterproof. Maybe not pretty, but effective. My old black lowe alpine h2o proof pants have red spots of this stuff all over. Looks like I've been shot. "H"
From Manitou Springs
Joined Feb 13, 2006
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Feb 13, 2013
Following up a new route out in the Mojave Desert....
"H" wrote:
I've tried the goretex patches, they worked ok, but eventually peeled off! Ive used duct tape that was pretty good but also eventually peeled off. The best stuff I've used is from home depot can't remember what it's called, but it's basically for dipping your work tools in to create a rubber grip. Hold the tear together and paint it on. It's flexible and waterproof. Maybe not pretty, but effective. My old black lowe alpine h2o proof pants have red spots of this stuff all over. Looks like I've been shot.


Plastidip I believe? What works even better than any "repair tape" that I've found is Tyvek Tape. It's the Waterproof/Breathable membrane they wrap wood-framed houses in. The tape is for making small repairs and sealing edges.

I haven't used it on clothing yet, since it sticks like hell and I tend to just sew things, but I've used it on my tents and bivy sack before. I round the edges and it never seams to peel...
Davis Stevenson
From Flagstaff, Arizona
Joined Dec 5, 2010
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Feb 13, 2013
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Micahisaac wrote:
I put on the basic rip stop patches and then go over them with shoe goo. Seems to be the burliest option I've found that allows me to skip the sewing part.


Exactly what I do as well. Really strong repair, no sewing, and only takes a couple of minutes. I use freesole for the goo.
David Appelhans
From Medford, MA
Joined Nov 11, 2007
350 points
Feb 13, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
duct tape, inside layer and outside. works cheap,looks like crap. Woodchuck ATC
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