How have I not come across this product before?

Bringing up Kids of the Wild is a prerequisite for the mess, mud, dirt and damage that goes hand in hand with outdoor wild adventures. Kids grow so quickly that we can’t always spend a fortune on new kit so when it gets damaged a decent repair is a thrifty solution.

We recently did a stunning 3-mile walk to Linhope Spout in Northumberland where yet again Mother Nature was out in forceful abandon, showcasing her treasures at our every step. Read all about it in Wild Addiction – A Waterfall Walk in the Footsteps of Death; it’s well worth a visit.

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That’s Torn It

The next day however I noticed that the sleeve of Caroline’s coat was badly slashed in 3 places. We don’t know how it happened, possibly on wire or barbed wire fencing as the slits were straight and knife-like.

The coat was less than a month old and in thrifty Wild Mummy style had been bought a size too big to last more than one season. The shop it was bought from couldn’t recommend a repairers nor could other local outdoor shops. I contacted Joules directly but they don’t offer repairs nor could they send any material for a DIY patch (though they did offer up to £20 towards a repair) and the local tailor offered to do a large patch repair in black polyester lining fabric.. Mmm? It seemed the coat was a gone-er.

Tenacious Tape

Finally somebody recommended McNett’s Tenacious Tape (order with this link now!) which I immediately ordered online, prepared to try anything.

Every outdoor parent should have a roll of this tape!

At around £6 for a couple of metres it’s a transparent and extremely strong waterproof tape and a tenacious little sticker, as the name implies.

How to Repair a Coat

  1. Cut tape to size. It must fit beyond the tear at least an inch on all sides
  2. Remove sticky backing
  3. Carefully place on damaged fabric, holding the tear together as you do
  4. Stick it down – there are no second chances here; one touch and it’s fast
  5. Rub in circular motion from the centre outwards to fix in place

Before and After

On smaller repairs this tape would be virtually invisible.

Pros

  • Transparent therefore suitable for any colour fabric
  • Durable and waterproof – I’ve not washed the jacket yet so will report below in future
  • Extremely sticky 
  • Versatile – can be used on waterproof clothing, rain gear, tents, mosquito nets, sleeping bags, backpacks, fly sheets, gaiters and watersports gear
  • Portable – not much larger than a lipstick container so easy to pop in a pocket
  • It also comes in Patches and there’s a version especially for Gore Tex

Cons

Perfect for small holes, tears, rips and slashes but as our rips were several, long and close together we had to use huge pieces of tape to get the inch margin all round which made for a large, somewhat inflexible repair. However, on the inner sleeve this particular repair hardly shows despite the amount of tape needed and is far better than having to buy a whole new item of clothing that may only last a year.

It’s probably not that environmentally friendly but repairing damaged items rather than binning them surely makes up for it?

I can totally recommend this excellent tape and urge everyone to get a roll for almost any outdoor kit emergency.

 

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