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Ski pants w/holes-good patch ideas?

post #1 of 17
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I purchased a pair of Patagonia Rubicon pants this year, and although I love the pants (very waterproof and comfortable) they lack scuff guards on the inner leg. As a result, I have a few small cuts there from my skis. These slices let in snow to the pant leg, and I would like to patch them temporarily before I send them to Patagonia for repair at the end of the season. I tried duct tape, but it won't stick to the surface. Is there anything that you can think of that may work?
post #2 of 17
Did you try duct tape from the backside? (I cant believe I am suggeting to use duct tape on clothing)
post #3 of 17
My wife has slit a couple of hers there also. I used some iron-on patches and they've held up for a few years. On one pair I slid a patch inside the fabric and heated it, then put a patch on the exterior also. Pants are black and so is the heavy duty patch. I think I picked up the cut-to-fit iron-on patch at a fabric store?? Never expected it to hold up so well.
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
I cant believe I am suggeting to use duct tape on clothing)
I know, I mean it's so obvious, seems like it should go without saying.

Exchange between two skibums, as Bum1 applies duct tape to a new pair of gloves.

Bum2: your gloves needed duct tape?
Bum1: yeah, they didn't have any.


Seriously, though, in another life I worked in the outdoor apparel industry, so I can tell you that reputable manufacturers will usually repair or replace a pair of pants damaged by ski edges. But your warranty goes out the window the moment you take a needle to any garment (eg, sewing a patch on). So stick (again, no pun intended) with tape until the end of the season, then contact the maker and they'll likely either repair or replace fah free. Also, try ripstop tape, or a combination of ripstop and ducky-T.
post #5 of 17
Gorilla Tape, it is duct tape on steroids.
post #6 of 17
GORE-TEX Fabric® Repair Kit (Search for best price)
post #7 of 17
the iron on patches work pretty well . I have one pr of bibs where they've been on for several years
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
[quote=dawgcatching;839548] I tried duct tape, but it won't stick to the surface.[quote]

The guy at Patagonia said that super glue might work for the remainder of the season, as they will replace that patch once I send in the pants.
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by medmarkco View Post
My wife has slit a couple of hers there also. I used some iron-on patches and they've held up for a few years. On one pair I slid a patch inside the fabric and heated it, then put a patch on the exterior also. Pants are black and so is the heavy duty patch. I think I picked up the cut-to-fit iron-on patch at a fabric store?? Never expected it to hold up so well.
I will go to the fabric store tonight and see what they have. Hopefully that doesn't void my warranty, but it should be alright.
post #10 of 17
Patagonis used to recommend a company for garment repairs and modifications.
I can't remember the name of the company, but a friend of mine once sent a set of ski pants to them to be shortened, and they came back just like new, except they were 4 inches shorter.
If I remember correctly, they were also authorsised by WL Gore, and that their mods were still covered under Gore's warranty.
If they can do that, I'm sure that they can put on a nice set of scuff guards on your pants.
I'd make a call to Patagonis and see if they still have the company name and number.

Mike
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by dawgcatching View Post
I will go to the fabric store tonight and see what they have. Hopefully that doesn't void my warranty, but it should be alright.
If they're willing to work with a superglued patch, I can't imagine why an iron-on would be worse. Are you asking for the pant to be replaced or some kind of scuff patch to be added (Cordura, maybe?)?

GT repair kit should work well too.
post #12 of 17
Yeah, Moonstone used to use a company like that too, I think it was somewhere in Washington State. Did great work and didn't affect Gore warranties.
post #13 of 17
For smaller cuts and holes, McNett Seam Grip works quite well. It's a clear flexible glue originally intended for sealing tent seams, but it's been very durable and effective for sealing some small cuts on my lower ski pants legs. For larger cuts, I use the Gore-Tex patch kit. Duct tape will work as well, of course, but if you ever decide to switch to a more permanent solution (the duct tape always seems to work loose after a while), removing the adhesive to get a clean surface is a major hassle.
post #14 of 17
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removing the adhesive to get a clean surface is a major hassle.
Or you can just keep building it up, level upon level. Starts to weigh you down after a while, though
post #15 of 17

I was very satisfied with this company

http://www.rainypass.com/
post #16 of 17
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Or you can just keep building it up, level upon level. Starts to weigh you down after a while, though
Very true. If you keep it up long enough, you can look like these guys:



post #17 of 17
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Yeah that's the one, worked with them through Moonstone a couple of times, very competent.
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