Podcast Episode May 22, 2023

Episode 82 | Fabric Repairs in the Backcountry



This episode features fabric repair kits for hiking and backpacking, including various fabric repair scenarios, strategies, and supplies.

a pair of scissors, a pair of tape, a pair of scissors, and

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Ryan’s fabric repair kit contents:

a pair of scissors, tape, and some other items on a table
Ryan’s fabric repair kit. Total weight is 2.4 oz (68 g), and is reduced on shorter solo trips to less than an ounce (28 g) when taking fewer supplies, skipping the duct tape, and packaging the items with first aid supplies (thus leaving the Loksak behind). The scissors double up for first aid tape and bandage cutting. Fabric patches, seam tapes, and glue are matched appropriately to the fabrics used in shelters, sleeping pads, backpacks, and clothing.

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    Backpacking Light


    Locale: Rocky Mountains

    Companion forum thread to: Episode 82 | Fabric Repairs in the Backcountry

    In this episode, Ryan walks through fabric repair kits for hiking and backpacking, including various fabric repair scenarios, strategies, and supplies.

    Ryan Jordan


    Locale: Central Rockies

    Curious to know what others do – when you perform fabric repairs in the backcountry, do you try to do a quick and temporary repair there, and then a permanent fix back home, or do you try to do a quality, permanent repair in the backcountry?

    Monte Masterson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern Indiana

    For non-silicone coated nylons and polyesters (bags, quilts, puffys, wind jackets/pants etc) I find the Challange Sailcloth repair sheets from Enlightened Equipment are much better than Tenacious Tape. Its adhesion qualities are far superior. Simply round off corners and thoroughly rub patch onto fabric. Provides a permanent repair after it cures (about 12 hours). https://enlightenedequipment.com/repair-kit/

    Works great on DCF too, just doesn’t blend in very well. Same with ripped clothing if you don’t have a sewing kit or don’t want to spend the time doing a tedious sewing repair. Again, adheres better than Tenacious Tape.

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    Ryan Jordan


    Locale: Central Rockies

    Yes, those Challenge repair patches are fantastic. The sheets are unwieldy to pack in the field (although are the right size if you blow out a down jacket or sleeping bag and need a huge patch), so you’ll precut the patch sizes you want so it packs better. Tenacious Tapes make for impermanent repairs, which I actually like, so I can peel off the patch and do a proper repair at home. I’d like to see individual patches.

    Monte Masterson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern Indiana

    The Sailcloth sheets from EE have 14 assorted sizes you can cut out of one sheet and the other is just a solid 8″ X 10″. You can see when you click on link.

    Josh B
    BPL Member


    Locale: Western New York

    Got a lot out of this podcast, thanks Ryan.

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