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Gore-Tex rain pant ripped; is it repairable?(6 posts)

Gore-Tex rain pant ripped; is it repairable?out_ofbounds
Apr 10, 2003 4:22 PM
I just got a 5" tear in my rain pants. They're made of Gore-Tex. Can they be repaired sufficiently that they'll still be somewhat waterproof? If ya gotta know, I got the rip on the inside rt.leg-crotch area. No jokes, please.
You can try thisArvinC
Apr 10, 2003 4:38 PM
Hello. I have experience with Gore-Tex fabric, both as a consumer and as a medical professional; we use it in vascular grafts for patients that need dialysis fistulas or vascular-bypass repairs. In fact, Gore-Tex started out initially as a medical application.

The Gore-Tex fabric that is laminated between the inner-lining of your pant and its outer-shell is essentialy a one-piece structure. Once it tears, it really can't be repaired. If you sew it, it'll leak moisture at that seem. You can glue it, but now it won't breathe.

I'd glue it together with a slight overlap and sew up the rip. You'll lose the breathability, and it'll probably leak, but it'll work.
Apr 10, 2003 5:23 PM
You should call some outdoor gear stores. I believe gore-tex makes patches.
2 decent ways to repair.wilsonc
Apr 10, 2003 6:02 PM
As to ArvinC's comment about breathability, he's right in that that small portion wont be breathable, but the repair only involves such a small portion of the pants, that it wont even matter. Its not like you are losing the breathability on teh whole garment.

anyway, There are a couple of decent ways to repair rips. The easiest is to get SeamGrip and a roll of rip-stop tape (ie KlearTape). Put the KlearTape on the inside of the pants to joining the torn edges. On the outside, put SeamGrip down the tear. This is a common technique for repairing waterproof shells, pants, gaitors, tents, etc.

Another technique would be to get a swatch of some waterproof fabric (ie goretex, laminated polyurathane, etc), have a seamstress sew a patch on the outside to cover the whole tear. Then on the inside, spread the seamgrip to seal the holes caused by the stitches.

Alternatively, if the pants are made by good gear company (ie Arcteryx, Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, Marmot, Patagonia...) they can replace the whole torn panel for a nominal fee, making it as good as new.

Yes - go to an outdoor storeDownhill deux mille
Apr 11, 2003 12:56 AM
and get an Gore-tex iron-on patch or two. They're not expensive and they work great.
Duct Tape---cheap & effective......ATLien
Apr 11, 2003 4:47 AM
I've used duct-tape to repair both my mountaineering pants and parka and have never had a problem. It's held up over several winters countless days/nights in rain, sleet/snow and 60mph winds on many summit attempts.

Sure my gear doesn't look the best aesthetically, but it didn't cost me anything to fix it either.