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Repair Tents & Other Tips
It’s inevitable that your tent, jacket, or other outdoor gear will go through some wear and tear while you’re out having fun backpacking and camping. There’s no need to go out and buy new gear just because your tent or other gear has a small tear or needs basic repair. Here are a few suggestions to save money and get you thinking about repair and reuse instead of throwing something away.
First of all, there’s nothing like good ol’ duct tape. Duct tape for repairing gear is like baking soda for cleaning; it’s quick, easy, and incredibly versatile. Don’t underestimate its value for repairing gear in a pinch. Plus, it’s found at grocery and hardware stores just about everywhere.
Explore other tips and tricks in Kristin Hostetter’s Don’t Forget the Duct Tape, which offers an informative look at repairing outdoor gear.
If you want to take a step beyond duct tape, Tenacious Tape provides nearly invisible, permanent repairs and helps avoid messy glue residue. People swear by this stuff! It works for tent repair, and also tarps, rain gear, backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, seat cushions, boat covers and more, and comes in a variety of colors to match your gear.
Utilizing simple repair techniques like tape means not having to replace the items repaired and will save you much more than the cost of the tape. If you already shop at the outdoor gear store REI, you know about their frequent used gear sales. These sales offer opportunities to find good quality gear at lower prices. Between retail events like this and finding deals on Craigslist and garage sales, you’ll be saving lots of money buying used gear! Use the suggestions above as a basis for repairing any small snags in a piece of gear you got for way less money because it had a few imperfections.
Remember to always use your best judgment when deciding whether or not an item can be reused after repair. With some items, such as helmets or other safety gear, you cannot afford to have the equipment be less than suitable.
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If you can’t repair your tent, recycle old tents by sending them into Green Guru Gear’s recycling program. Send in your old tents (as well as bike inner tubes, yoga mats and more) by following guidelines found on their recycling page and mailing them or looking for their recycling bin at participating bike shops, outfitters, climbing gyms, surf shops and other community partners.
For even more ideas, take a look at some of our other repair articles for tips and tricks for everyday items you have around the house.