It’s inevitable. At some point in your outdoor career you are going to have to fix your gear. While some companies have fantastic warranty programs that will do the job for you (Jansport, Patagonia, and Nikwax come to mind), most problems are going to require a little MacGyver action on your part. Gear Aid, makers of the infamous Tenacious Tape and Seam Grip that I use to fix pretty much everything, recently added nine new products to their repair and replacement lineup.
The New Gear Aid parts include a bug mesh repair kit ($5.95), zipper pulls ($4.00), shock cord ($4.50), 550 paracord ($6.00), replacement buckles, snap hooks ($4.50), tri-glides ($4.50), and tarp & tent line locks ($4.75). Not only can the replacement parts help you fix damaged gear in the field without the need for any sewing, but they can also help you customize your setup.
The new parts compliment the current Gear Aid replacement collection of various specialized buckles, tension locks, D-rings, strap tenders, toggles, and much more. Gear Aid’s repair collection is second to none, products of which should live in any self-respecting backpacker’s pack at all times.
Don’t forget to check out the recent Backpacker books written by gear guru Kristin Hostetter that not only tell you what you should carry in your repair kit, but tips and tricks on how to fix just about everything.
I would love to hear – what do you carry in your repair kit?