The Best Way to Fix a Rip in Nylon Wind Pants

The Best Way to Fix a Rip in Nylon Wind PantsNylon wind pants are a useful tool to stay warm and comfortable during a long day of hiking or spending time outdoors. But rips are frequent and a disheartening sight. Instead of tossing them, repair them with rip repair tape and a pair of scissors. Make your pants look like new again in less than 30 minutes.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Damp cloth
  • Scissors
  • Gear Aid Adhesive Ripstop or Kenyon K+Tape Repair Tape
  • Duct tape
 
Step 1
Remove any visible debris. Clean your nylon pants with a damp cloth, and let them dry.
Step 2
Turn your pants inside out, and press out any wrinkles with your hand. Use a flat workspace like a table or countertop and identify the rip.
Step 3
Use a product like Gear Aid Adhesive Ripstop or Kenyon K+Tape Repair Tape. Follow the directions pertaining to the specific product you're using. Cut a strip of the adhesive tape to match the general shape of your rip. Keep it a little larger than the rip to ensure it is covered properly.
Step 4
Round off the edges of the tape with your scissors, and gently line up against the rip to make sure it fits properly.
Step 5
Press two sides of your tear together with your fingers, and carefully apply the tape over the rip. Press down with your fingers, and firmly smooth down the edges.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Avoid washing your nylon wind pants in hot water, if possible. Clean your pants in cold water, and monitor the edges of the tape.
 
Keep a nylon rip repair product or tape in your backpack while hiking.
 
If possible, leave a heavy book on top of the taped rip for a few hours before wearing.
 
Use duct tape if no other adhesive is available.
 
Do not glue or sew your nylon wind pants.

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