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Based on some of our most common repairs, here is a list of what NOT to do if you want to avoid sending your gear to Rainy Pass Repair:

Don’t reach in a stove with a down jacket. In fact, don’t wear a down jacket near anything hot because that light, thin nylon will melt! Cuff patches on down jackets are one of the most common repair that we see in the colder months.

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Don’t sleep too close to the fire, and don’t try to warm your feet by the fire when you are already in your sleeping bag. You can bring chemical hand warmers to stuff in the foot of your bag, or fill a nalgene bottle with hot water to keep your feet toasty. Here’s some more great tips for keeping warm on chilly nights.


Don’t leave your dog in the tent, or unsupervised around your gear. A tent is not a kennel, and the screen and nylon is nothing to a nervous dog’s teeth and claws. Dogs and other critters will stop at nothing to get a delicious treat out of your coat pocket or pack lid if you aren’t looking, so keep an eye on fido or store your gear where he can’t get it.

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Using the wrong slider for a DIY zipper repair. There are many types of zipper sliders- the most common brand is YKK, but the sliders for coil, vision, and metal zippers are all different. We see many jackets come in where the slider repair has been attempted with the wrong slider, making the problem worse. It might work at first (like in the photo below) but the wrong slider will wear out the teeth and cause the zipper to break.

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Avoid glue repairs. Superglue can make a big mess, and glued repairs are ugly and crusty. When we have to patch over glued repairs, we usually have to cut out more fabric that if it was temporarily fixed with tape.

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Stapler repairs- just don’t. You will penetrate the waterproof membrane of your gear, probably end up scraping your skin, and it just looks terrible. Keep some Tenacious Tape around and leave the stapler in the office where it belongs.

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Try to keep your gear clean and never put anything away wet. Mold and mildew can wreck your gear, and it is hard to remove stains that been setting into the fabric for months.

Lastly, fixing your gear on the fly can be dangerous- be extra careful fixing things like climbing harnesses, load lifters on large packs, or anything electric that could cause a fire. Here is another great article with more info about climbing gear: The Dangers of Modifying Your Gear

Try to remember these tips, but if you don’t, give us a call and we will help fix your gear!