Fix a ripped down jacket

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QI man­aged to tear a small hole in my down jacket re­cently when scram­bling on Jack’s Rake. How best can I re­pair it? Phoebe Watts, Stock­port

GT says The most im­por­tant thing is get­ting a quick fix, as oth­er­wise all your down will pour out of the jacket, which is messy to clean up but also means you are los­ing in­su­la­tion. The best op­tion is a strip of hum­ble gaf­fer tape, the heavy cot­ton cloth pres­sure­sen­si­tive tape with strong ad­he­sive and good ten­sile prop­er­ties. This stuff works re­mark­ably well and I have pairs of years-old overtrousers where a 10cm strip of gaf­fer tape has kept them work­ing fine.

Wrap a sec­tion of gaf­fer tape around the wa­ter bot­tle in your pack so you al­ways have some to hand.

For a more pro­fes­sional fix that may last longer, it is worth con­sid­er­ing some spe­cific prod­ucts. Small holes can also be glued to­gether with McNett Seam Grip (you could still also put some tape over the top for added se­cu­rity). An­other tape so­lu­tion is McNett Tena­cious Tape, which is made from the same type of fab­rics used on tents, mean­ing it is light­weight, flex­i­ble and, im­por­tantly, clear in colour, so your jacket won’t end up look­ing like a patch­work quilt. There are also var­i­ous other brands of re­pair prod­ucts avail­able, in­clud­ing Storm’s Tear-Aid Fab­ric Re­pair patches.

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