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Benjamin Fournier

How to Patch Gear In Need Of Repair

A step-by-step guide for fixing small tears in your apparel

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Step 1: Gather your gear in need of repair, scissors, ruler, pencil, and repair tape/patch. We recommend Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Repair Tape or NOSO Patches. Both consist of waterproof fabric, and come in a variety of patterns, colors, and even shapes! It helps to find something solid to put beneath the fabric to create a flat workspace. A glass jar works great for sleeve repairs, or a hardcover book for repairs on larger areas. If your patch comes pre-cut, skip to Step 5.

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Step 2: On the back side of the patch on the release paper, use a pencil and ruler to measure out the cutting area. Make sure the patch is big enough to cover the tear with a little extra room. This example shows a generous amount of extra space for demonstrative purposes.

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Step 3: Cut the patch to size with scissors and test the fit.

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Step 4: Using scissors, round the corners of the patch. Rounded corners stay in place better, whereas sharp corners will tend to catch on things and come unstuck.

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Step 5: Make sure the working area is free of dirt and debris, and tuck back in any feathers if possible. Remove patch from release paper and, making sure the area is taut and free of wrinkles, place over the tear. Press the patch on slowly into place, starting from the center and working out towards the edges. If any air bubbles persist, try working them towards the outer edge. If this is not possible, you can carefully poke a small hole in the bubble using a sewing needle, which will allow you to press the bubble flat.

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Bonus Step: If necessary, increase the adhesion by rubbing the patch once or twice against the outside of a mildly hot kettle. Make sure to allow the kettle to cool for a few minutes before taking this step, as you don’t want to melt the fabric of your gear. If done correctly, this will help extend the life of your patch and avoid peeling around the edges.

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Voila! Bask in the satisfaction that you've extended the life of your gear.

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