Unfortunately, even when well cared for, packs can be damaged. Razor sharp ski edges, ice axe picks and crampons can all puncture or cut even the most robust fabrics and hauling or simply continually dropping a heavy pack on rocks can all take their toll. Such damage is not covered by our warranty as this is deemed normal, if unfortunate, wear and tear. However, many of these faults can be repaired both ‘in the field’ and professionally.
1) Small Tears - Gaffa Tape / Duct Tape
Gaffa Tape or Duct tape applied over the immediate tear will work effectively for short-term fixes of pack tears. It is best applied to the inside of the pack but can also be applied to the outer fabric. Either way the fabric needs to be clean and dry. It’s unlikely to be a permanent solution.
2) Small to Medium Sized Tears - Tenacious Tape™ or Betrafol® Tape
Specialist repair tapes such as Tenacious Tape™ or Betrafol® Tape can be very effective at repairing small tears, but they do have a somewhat distinctive aesthetic. Please be aware however that such tapes, whilst extremely durable and often able to endure sustained use even at very low temperatures can leave residual marks which when taken off are near impossible to remove.
3) All Tears - Needle & Thread plus SeamGrip
If you have torn the body of the pack it is possible to repair such as damage using a heavy duty needle & thread. Ensure the area of the pack damaged is clean and dry and any loose threads have been removed. Use a zig-zag or similar stitch to close the tear or seam, before applying a small amount of flexible seam grip such as Gear Aid Seam Grip Plus
or McNett SeamGrip
4) Jammed or stiff Zip Pulls
Prevention is the best form of cure so regularly clean all zips using warm, soapy water. Do not force jammed zips. If washing and lubing a zip does not free a zip, carefully inspect the zip head for obvious signs of grit or dirt. If tooth or coil damage is visible then the zip puller has already had too much force exerted on it. Only a professional repair can solve this.