Backpacker - - Editors’ Choice Awards -

“Like duct tape in a tube,” says one tester of this fix-any­thing sub­stance. In fact, it’s been a back­pack­ing sta­ple since back­pack­ing be­came a pop­u­lar pas­time. And un­like duct tape, Seam Grip can fix tears per­ma­nently (in the field or at home) with­out leav­ing be­hind a residue you have to clean up later.

We’ve used it to patch holes in jack­ets, gloves, tent flys, sleep­ing pads, and soft-sided wa­ter bot­tles; to fix de­lam­i­nated boot soles; and to wa­ter­proof tarp and tent seams. (It takes 12 hours to fully cure.) Ever since Seam Grip be­came part of the in­au­gu­ral class of Ed­i­tors’ Choice Awards in 1993, it’s been help­ing us squeeze more life out of our equip­ment.

It is the lit­eral glue that holds some of our most cher­ished gear to­gether. –C.L. $8; 1 oz.; gear­

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