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How to patch a down jacket

Little holes like this can grow into big holes. Photo: File

Stop the down escaping from your jacket with a bit of Tenacious Tape

Whether it be from a low-hanging thorny branch or a stray nail in a backcountry hut, a hole in your warm, fluffy down jacket needn’t ruin your tramp. The good news is, along with the bonus of adding character to your jacket, there’s a quick fix that will save the day (and keep those feathers in place). It’s called Tenacious Tape, and Matt Hobbs from TwinNeedle Outdoor Equipment Repairs says it’s the best cost-effective repair option. “We’ve seen people use the stuff for five or six years,” Hobbs says, adding that it’s especially good for small puncture holes that aren’t worth sewing a patch on. Here’s how to apply it: 1.  Clean the area to remove dirt or oils that could inhibit the tape bond [caption id="attachment_7506" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] Cut out a patch with rounded corners that will overlap the repair area by at least 8mm in all directions. Photo: File Cut out a patch with rounded corners that will overlap the repair area by at least 8mm in all directions. Photo: File[/caption] 2.  Cut out a patch with rounded corners that will overlap the repair area by at least 8mm in all directions [caption id="attachment_7507" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Apply Tenacious Tape patch over the hole. Photo: File Apply Tenacious Tape patch over the hole. Photo: File[/caption] 3.  Apply Tenacious Tape patch over the hole [caption id="attachment_7508" align="aligncenter" width="1280"]Smooth out any bubbles and ensure edges lay flat. Photo: File One hole down, one to go. Photo: File[/caption] 4.  Smooth out any bubbles and ensure edges lay flat The adhesive should reach full strength after 24 hours. Hobbs says if you can apply heat when you’re placing it on the fabric, it will help bind the glue. If the hole is more like a tear, it’s best to get a professional to fix it. Most down jackets have an external layer with an extremely small stitch-count, requiring an ultrafine needle and thread. You can use Tenacious Tape on backpacks, tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags and clothing.