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How to Patch a Hole on Your Jacket or Tent

In a pinch you can use duct tape to repair a tear but for a more permanent repair I recommend using repair tape.

Paul Bodnar      Educational     6/25/2021
Paul Bodnar
Educational
6/25/2021

Making a Repair

Fixing a tear in a jacket is easy with repair tape and scissors.

1. Before making a repair, make sure the area round the tear is clean and dry.

2. Cut a circular patch that is about 1/2 inch wider than the cut.

3. Bring the tear edges together, remove the paper backing, and apply the patch.

4. Rub all the tape edges down to form a strong bond between the tape and the fabric.

5. Admire your repair!

Summary

Repair tape is affordable and lightweight. A roll of repair tape will cost less than $10 (about $0.10 a square inch) and you can buy various colors that match your fabric. I recommend carrying at least one 3 inch by 3 inch patch that can be shaped later for the specific repair.

 

The ripstop repair tape we used weighed about 0.2 grams per square inch. Therefore a small emergency repair patch will not weigh you down.

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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.