repairing holes in outerwear

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  1. rossco23

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     hey guys I've got a couple of slits in my holden jacket. this is my favorite jacket ever and i can't find another one to replace it:( i think its from like '06 so its pretty old.

    anyways, do any of you guys have any tricks to fixing rips in your outerwear and still maintaining the waterproof-ness? is it expensive or do i just need to buy those $10 gore-tex patch things?

    any help is appreciated!

  2. Spenser

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    if it were me, i'd stitch it closed, back it with some sort of basic nylon ripstop attached with seam sealer, and then do a light seam seal on the outside over the stitches. i'm sure you could make it prettier than that if you wanted.

  3. blutters

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     Rub some dirt on it

  4. JP

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     duct tape on the other side

  5. drjcv

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     Just leave it. Find a new favorite jacket after next season

  6. xrmitchell

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    McNett Gear Aid Seam Grip does a great job at keeping the water out BUT it sets up kind of tacky, which you may find annoying or maybe it wont bother you. I stitched up some slices a Montbell jacket with it and as long as my finger doesn't run across it, it's fine. That's just holding the sides together and putting it over the hole. But, I would recommend putting some tape on the outside, making sure to line up either sides of the rip, and seal it from the inside. It will be almost unrecognizable. Pick a tube up at REI or somewhere similar.

    I also had a bad run in with a tree on an AK jacket it have and it slit the arm. Because it is down insulated and it only tore through the top layer I couldn't get to the back of the seam very easily. Looking for another solution I found a clear patch kit from a brand called Tear-Aid. As long as the fabric is super clean and flat before you attach the patch, it should do just great. The Tear-Aid stuff is super cheap too. I bought mine at Sportsman's Warehouse.

    Either way, you get a pretty inconspicuous fix without resorting to a goretex patch of a color that doesn't match. If you have it professionally repaired it's gonna cost you close to the cost of a new jacket, which I think is ridiculous.

    As a side note, don't use duct tape. The adhesive compound used in the tape will just ruin your jacket and fall off when it gets wet.

    Good luck man. You'll figure it out. PM me if you want pictures of the individual repairs.    

  7. drjcv

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     Holy shit. Those rips are tiny. Reading that takes longer than fixing them.

  8. rossco23

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     yes the tears are very small. I'm mostly worried about the first one. when it opens up, there is only mesh lining between my arm and the rip.

    i appreciate the responses guys

  9. matty

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    I haven't had any problems with duct tape holding, but I used the gorilla brand. Still holding on both an airblaster shell and a Mountain Hardwear shell (for camping - it reeks of campfire and B.O.). Both are still watertight after two years. I could give a fuck how the repairs look as long as they work.

  10. rossco23

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    matty said: I could give a fuck how the repairs look as long as they work.

     
    thats how i feel

    i just wanna keep my jacket, i don't have money for a new one! 

  11. Lionel Hutz

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    No joke, I use duct tape in most of my outer gear repair work. I don't like stitching because I just end up creating more holes and it gets all bunched up. It holds up great. Every once in a while I'll just trim the edges of the duct tape, if it pulls up. You can get colored duct tape, too.

  12. Little-B

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     i always just stitch it up then either put a sealant on the stitches or super glue. that spot will be a little hard but wont make a difference

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