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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I have a 2 inch rip in my North Face ski pants. They say HyVent on them. Label says outer shell is Nylon material. How can I repair them? Besides sending them into the company?
post #2 of 18
See the recent thread on duct tape
post #3 of 18

You could try this

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Originally Posted by loco13 View Post
I have a 2 inch rip in my North Face ski pants. They say HyVent on them. Label says outer shell is Nylon material. How can I repair them? Besides sending them into the company?
Get an iron on patch. Cut the patch to a size a bit bigger than the tear. Put the patch inside the tear, with the sticky side facing out. Set the iron to a low temperature that will not melt the nylon. Iron the tear. The iron on patch should stick to the inside. Then sew the tear through the patch to pervent the patch from coming loose.

oh chute
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by loco13 View Post
I have a 2 inch rip in my North Face ski pants. They say HyVent on them. Label says outer shell is Nylon material. How can I repair them? Besides sending them into the company?
The 3" tear in my pants has been water and wind proof with the same small piece of duct tape through several trips since I applied it.
post #5 of 18
Yep, duct tape is your best bet.

A few years back I cut the outer fabric on my North Face shell. I cut a small piece of duct tape and put it through the hole and pressed it down. worked fine until the end of the season.

I'm amazed at how long TNF keeps old fabric. My yellow shell is over 8 y/o and they still are able to repair holes with a new piece of fabric.

Great company.
post #6 of 18
I would get some vanilla nylon repair tape like

http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...8000&langId=-1

If you can't get a clean match on the edges of the tear, use the patch tape both inside and out. I would not be overly picky about the specifics of hy-vent. The above will give a good long lasting result - without the goop factor of sacred duct tape.

I would definitely not leave any exposed sewing seams without sealing them. Seems easier to me just to lock it down with repair tape & see how that works...

Then go rip it up at Fun Valley!
post #7 of 18
Duct tape.

But if you want them repaired professionally, send them to a professional.

http://www.specialtyoutdoors.com/
post #8 of 18
Screw the duct tape shizzzz for a good pair of pants that cost over $100.

Most stores like EMS sell a Gore-Tex patch for about $8.

Duct tape .... hey, I keep a roll in my cars and truck and have a few junk jackets that have duct tape patches for over a year, but it doesn't last that long and ..... the downside is that it can leave a sticky goo on car seats and stuff like that.

I have had that patch material on one down jacket for over ten years and just this year, two fell off .... so I used duct tape ... but it's a yard work jacket.

The stupid part is that those patches used to be like $2 for a pack of ten, but now that they are Gore-Tex the price has gone way up .... as if the adhesive in the cheap patches wasn't waterproof?
post #9 of 18
I just repaired a pair of shell pants that I sliced open with my ski edge.
I put a piece of duct tape on the inside of the pants over the cut. This kept the fabric together. So well in fact I had a hard time seeing where the cut was afterwards. Then I put a bead of super glue along the cut and everything's O Tay now.
post #10 of 18
the best stuff I have ever used for cuts in my ankles from ski edges etc is Seam Grip. Its glue that turns to rubber. And it's designed for rips in fabric.

place tape on the inside of the tear to use as a backing. apply the glue, then another piece of tape on the outside. Let dry for 24 hours, peel off tape. good as new. Slightly darker in color but much stronger than duct tape and not rigid like super-glue.

I've been down your path a number of times and have done the duct tape and super glue thing... seam grip is now the standard fabric repair along with simply sewing it.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by samurai View Post
the best stuff I have ever used for cuts in my ankles from ski edges etc is Seam Grip.
Thanks for the heads-up about Seam grip. My Spyder's are all cut up around my boot area so I will get some Seam Grip and do the deed.
post #12 of 18
I just had my Arcteryx pant repaired at http://www.rainypass.com

It wasn't that cheap, but the repairs they made were really well done, and permanent so they will never come off. I figured its cheaper than a new pair of pants. They had a 5 day turnaround when I went in.

I know you said you didn't want to send them in, but I figured any sort of patch or tape would only last a while and I wanted a permanent fix.
post #13 of 18
Decent quality repair tape (goretex or nylon) properly applied on clean fabric will last as long as most people's gear will. It'll survive multiple washings, etc. And if it eventually starts to peel, help it along and then use another bit of repair tape.

It looks like the Seam Grip mentioned above is similar to (or the same as) Aqua Seal -- a tried and true product long used by kayakers, rafters, divers, etc to repair a variety of things. I'd imagine it would be bomber in places not suitable for tape.

Still, bang for your buck on most ski pants tears/cuts, repair tape is tough to beat...
post #14 of 18
Send them back to NF. Unless they've changed their policy recently, they'll repair/replace them for free.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thanks

Thanks for all the replies. I bought a Gore Tex Patch kit and while I was at it I bought some Seam Seal. We'll see how they work.
post #16 of 18
There's also a product called Shoe Goo that sqeezes out of a tube and dries to a waterproof and flexible seal. I applied it to ski pants with numerous slices near the bottoms of the pant legs and they sealed perfectly.
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by jgb View Post
Send them back to NF. Unless they've changed their policy recently, they'll repair/replace them for free.
I tried to send some pants back to TNF last year for a small tear. They sent me an estimate for $80. I put the money towards a new pair instead.
post #18 of 18
see if the pockets have the same meterial.

sacrafice a pocket you dont use to get the meterial.

have a grandmother or the like sew it on.
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