How To Patch a Tent and Other Outdoor Gear

How To Patch a Tent and Other Outdoor Gear


Hey guys Alisha here with terradrift. We’re we’re all about vegan travel and adventure
so if you’re into any of those things be sure to hit subscribe before we get started. Today we’re talking about gear repair – specifically
repairing holes in tents, sleeping bags and jackets. So it happens sometimes, right? You’ve been wearing your gear for a while
or maybe not that long and you’ve ripped a hole in it – some branches rip a tear in your
puffy jacket or you’re just a little bit too rough on your sleeping bag and it springs
a leak and you got like fluff popping out all over the place. Popping out all over the place. If it’s still in perfectly good condition
otherwise just repair it! You can still use it for years to come. We’re gonna show you how it’s super simple. This is like the most basic repair you can
perform on your gear. Anybody can do it! I promise! so let’s get started. What we have here is actually not obviously
a tent, sleeping bag or jacket but it is outdoor fabric. It’s a rip stop fabric that a tent or jacket
or sleeping bag might be made out of. In fact it’s a piece of one of those big inflatable
loungers that everybody looks really ridiculous trying to blow up in the park. Yes one of those. So what we have here is a piece of ripstop
fabric. It has a hole in it so what you need is some
repair tape. I bought a roll of repair tape – this is by
gear aid – the popular brand you’ll find it at REI and most outdoor retailers its tenacious
tape gear repair tape so I bought it in a roll because that’s the most money conscious
way to get it you get the most actual repair tape for your money but you can also buy it
in like pre-cut patches and circles or squares you can even get it in super fun colors and
shapes like stars and unicorns and rocket ships if you’re into that I don’t know I think
it’d be fun but anyway and the only other things you’re gonna need are some scissors
and if your gear is dirty maybe a little bit of rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball to clean
it up so what you’ll do first is wipe the area down with a little rubbing alcohol on
a cotton ball just to clean it up make sure all of the residue or any oils that are on
the fabric are cleaned up because you don’t want that to get in the way of the adhesive
so once that’s clean and entirely dry don’t try to repair the hole by putting tape on
it before it’s dry because it just won’t stick as well so once it’s completely dry you will
take your tape or your patch or whatever shape repair tape you have and you will cut a patch
just the right size and what I mean by just the right size is you want it to be obviously
a little bigger than the hole you’re trying to patch so just maybe a centimeter or two
bigger than the outside of the area to be repaired so right here we’ve got like an inch
and a half two inch sort of tear and so we’ll we’ll cut a piece just a little bit bigger
once you’ve got it cut the next thing to do is make sure you trim the corners you don’t
want any sharp edges and corners on your tape because it will start peeling up a lot sooner
and you don’t want that so if you round the corners you will prevent the tape from peeling
prematurely and things can catch on those corners and pull it up as well so around those
corners the next thing you’ll do make sure you you know hover it over there make sure
you’ve got all the edges covered and it’s not gonna like end up halfway across the tear
place it down in the center first and push outward making sure that you don’t open up
a hole underneath it too much so just lay it on very gently at first and then press
down in the center and rub outwards making sure that you’ve got all those edges pressed
down really well and if it was a hole in your sleeping bag or a puffy jacket or rain jacket
or something like that you’re done too easy right if you’re patching a tent especially
if there’s a hole in the floor of your tent you’re going to want to flip the tent over
and do the other side as well just to make sure that nothing pulls up the tear from the
other side so just flip your tent over repeat the process so for tents you’ll need two pieces
of patching one for the top one for the bottom or the inside outside depending on where in
your tent the tear or hole is and after you’ve pressed it all down you’re done voila it really
was that easy and you thought of just throwing it away and buying a new tent don’t be ridiculous
as you apply the patch make sure that you’re applying it on top of a flat surface obviously
if you’re on top of a boulder or rock or a big knobby grassy knoll you’re not gonna be
able to get it to adhere as well evenly so just make sure you’re doing it on a flat surface
clean if possible you can do it in the backcountry when you’re out in the wilderness or at camp
but do try to find the flattest cleanest space as possible to apply your patch we know this
can be done because we recently did it on our tent we bought a tent from the REI garage
sale a couple of weeks ago and it had a tiny little tear in the bottom which meant great
for us because we got a $500 tent for $200 and all we had to do was buy some $4 repair
tape and we have a tent that’s practically brand-new do the same for your gear to make
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