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How do you repair cuts to the inside portion of your ski pants from your ski edges?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

Just got back from a ski trip to Park City and got 2 cuts approx 1 to 1 1/2 inches long on the inside portion of my ski pants.  It obviously gets sliced from the inside ski edge hitting against my boot.  Whats the best way to repair this other than iron on patches or duct tape like I just witnessed on a skier at the Canyons?  Thanks!

post #2 of 28

The answer is duct tape.  If you don't like that answer then you really aren't looking for an answer

post #3 of 28

Those cuts!  I used to end up with a pound of snow in the cuff of my pants, and even thoguh duct tape is food for a few hours, its not that great as a repair.  Just search for "nylon repair patch".  Lots of options and color.  Be sure kit includes waterproof adhesive or iron-on.

post #4 of 28

I have gotten those cuts on most of my pants.  I went to Joann Fabrics and found nylon adhesive patches. Pretty cheap repair and the package had multiple colors for my black and gray pants. 

post #5 of 28

Often this results from a stance issue. If your feet are hip width or wider you wn't have the problem. Otherwise duct tape works fine and looks hardcore!

post #6 of 28

Nope. 

 

Seam Grip... tent repair. 

 

It's a very soft/malleable/rubberish glue designed for rips just like what you have. And- I have used it and know it works. 

 

Apply a drop of Seam Grip to the cut. Sandwich the Seam Grip with tape. Let dry 24-48 hours. Remove tape. The cut now looks like a wet spot, is flexible, and will hold for the life of the pants. Even if you get a patch, I would still use Seam Grip. 

 

Works wonders. 

 

Duct Tape only fixes everything incorrectly and temporarily. 

post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post

 

The answer is duct tape.  If you don't like that answer then you really aren't looking for an answer

 

Don't listen to Samurai - the above is the ONLY correct answer!!

post #8 of 28

Patches and duct tape don't hold.  The tent repair stuff might work, but the best repair I've found is a tube of "Shoe Goo," available at many big-box sporting-goods stores.  Comes in a tube and is the consistency of molasses until it sets in 24 hours to a flexible, waterproof seal. I applied it last year to similar cuts and they have remained tight and waterproof.

post #9 of 28

I recently discovered that I had the same problem!

 

Went skiing, half way through the day I notice that there's a huuuuge pile of snow in my ski pants, and it kept catching on my other ski.  Huge pain in the ass!

 

Although I think I ripped mine when I went around part of a small tree and my ski pants caught on it.  

 

I haven't gotten around to repairing it, but I'll have to try your guys' suggestions


 

post #10 of 28

I sew up the cuts with a needle and thread, and put a small duct tape patch over it.  I first did this as a temporary repair a few years ago, but the tape never came off so I just left it.

post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 

Axe,

 Just love USASkiDawg, gerathlete 1, and your posts.  Also love my 18 & 16 year old daughter and son who come skiing with me.  If I went the duct tape route, my kids would deny having a dad and say they were fathered by an anonymous sperm donor and my wife would agree with them! 

post #12 of 28

You family would disown you because of a bit of duct tape on your cuff?! Dude, your family sucks! I say "go out for walk" and don't ever come back. 

post #13 of 28

After 6 internal stiches and 5 staples, repairing my torn ski pants was a no brainer !!!!

 

Falcon_O aka Charlie

 

PS - if I had duct tape I could have avoided the trip to emergency !!!!

post #14 of 28

Try spinnaker repair tape.  (it's sticky nylon or polyester tape used to repair sailboat sails). You can do a search for it and find it in many places.  It is available at most marine supply retailers.  It comes in a bunch of different colors which is good.  I would recommend cutting the tape so there are no sharp edges, only round which will help it stay, also follow some earlier stated advice and after applying the tape seal up the edges with some shoe goo for a bomber repair.  Gore-tex and other manufactureres sell there own versions of this, but the sail tape is better and cheaper.

 

WooHoo!  My first post!

post #15 of 28

Right after I bought my daughter's latest ski pants, the back bottoms of the cuffs were all chewed off because they were a bit long for her and were getting caught under her heels walking to and from the car. I found some Gore-Tex patches on eBay for a few $ and they've held for over two years now. We don't walk nearly as much anymore because we always arrive early and get good parking spots now, but they're surely still taken some abuse.

I can't remember if they were just adhesive or they also had to be heated up...I think there was more to it than just sticking them on. Luckily, my daughter's pants were black, and black patches were easy to find.

post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by Koge View Post

 

Axe,

 Just love USASkiDawg, gerathlete 1, and your posts.  Also love my 18 & 16 year old daughter and son who come skiing with me.  If I went the duct tape route, my kids would deny having a dad and say they were fathered by an anonymous sperm donor and my wife would agree with them! 

 

Really?   I would think that Duct Tape would make you look more bad ass.

post #17 of 28
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all your great replies.  I currently have shoe goo in my home and being it's only 2 cuts, one on each leg, I'll try that first.  That Seam Grip product looks great and will try that next if not happy with the goo.  As multiple cuts appear then I'll move on to the patches.

 

P.S. I'll pack a small roll of duct tape on my next trip.

post #18 of 28

Another option would be to send the pants back to the manufacturer for repair. Depending on the brand they may keep fabric samples for repair jobs. I learned this from REI when on my first outing I tore my arc teryx gortex bibs. REI was nice enough to send it to the manufacturers repair facility and they only charged me for the repair cost not shipping. 

post #19 of 28

 

I have many slices on my lower pants, never paid any mind to them, but this weekend I had enough snow in between the inner liner and the outer material to make a snow ball from each pant leg...so I am going to put the sewing tips my mom taught me when I was a little boy to the test....

 

All my ski pants are actually snowboarding pants so none of them have the protective heavy material around the inner cuffs.

post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 

Just to let everyone know how my experience with the shoe goo went. I cut a plastic putty knife approx 1/4" wide, put a small dab of the goo on knife and gently slid it along the cut.

 

I let it dry for 24 hrs and it appears that the shoe goo may be a permanent fix.  However, it does leave a noticeable shiny plastic look where applied.  My pants are black so I used a black sharpie and colored it over, this took a little shine off of it.

 

I think this will work for a few cuts but after a lot of cuts appear, I feel even sized patches on the inside of both legs would be the most appealing as well a give added protection.

 

Richie, good luck on your sewing and if I kept my old ski pants we could have a snowball fight.

 

post #21 of 28

I slipped an iron-on patch inside and then sewed it up. Seems to be holding. 

post #22 of 28

try goohing on an iron on patch.  My iron on patches have worked pretty good.

post #23 of 28

Two Words Duct Tape

post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

 

Those cuts!  I used to end up with a pound of snow in the cuff of my pants, and even thoguh duct tape is food for a few hours, its not that great as a repair.  Just search for "nylon repair patch".  Lots of options and color.  Be sure kit includes waterproof adhesive or iron-on.

 

 

 

I hate that. I always have snow in my cuffs. I just used some camo ducktape for a while till my mom took pity on me and sewed them up.

post #25 of 28

One word,,,Shoe Gu. Most hardware stores,

Apply liberaly inside,,,smear outside

 

 

post #26 of 28

I've got several ratty layers of duct tape on the inside cuffs of my ancient ski pants. Problem with duct tape: tape gets cut up just as bad as the original pants did. Solution: more duct tape. No ironing, sewing or gooping. Just pull, tear, apply, repeat.

 

Discussion reminds me of a great signature I saw on Epic: Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.

post #27 of 28

Use the tent repair stuff Samurai's talking about, but seal it off with a bit of black Gorilla tape- it kicks the tits in on duct tape and is a little bit more *ahem* stealth, if you will. 

post #28 of 28

There are some repair places listed.

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