Duct tape is lauded as a fix-all, but it’s not always the best for gear repair. Enter ‘Gear Patches,’ a new line made for the outdoors.
Rips, tears, frays, holes… carnage can come in many forms when you get busy in the outdoors.
They are water resistant, machine-washable, and dishwasher safe. Strong adhesive affixes the fiber material of the tape and patches to your jacket, pad, tent, or other item.
They serve as quick fixes in the field, keeping an object usable until you’re home and can seek repair. Or, the tape is strong enough to be left on as a permanent solution for small tears.
Tenacious Tape comes on a 3″ x 20″ roll. It’s made of PVC and colored nylon. Once set on an object, the “clean adhesive” lets you remove or reposition the tape during the first 24 hours without leaving behind a residue. After that, it is more permanently affixed.
The patches (called Peel & Stick Tenacious Tape Gear Patches) come on sheets; they are available in various fun shapes and size, including reflective options.
Beyond repair, the brand notes the patches can be used to personalize gear and hide stains.
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Try the Gear Aid alternatives and you might never look at duct tape again. No more gray rectangles on your sleeping bag or jacket arm. Instead, your bag now has a lovely orange maple leaf (or other shape) where down feathers used to escape.
You can use the Gear Aid patches on water bottles, sleeping pads, down jackets, backpacks, underwear, luggage (to stand out when on the carousel), and gloves. They stick to almost any surface, hide stains, and trick out apparel, all without the pain of an iron or sewing needle.
With various sizes available, a variety of fixes can be made. Look to Gear Aid as a go-to for common outdoor repairs.