Gear Care and Maintenance


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Recent Gear Care/Maintenance Product Reviews

Rust-Oleum NeverWet Fabric

rated 5 of 5 stars Rust-Oleum NeverWet Fabric is a one-step, superhydrophobic, water repelling treatment designed to keep items dry longer. Goes on clear and causes water to bead up and roll off treated gear. I had tried the original Rust-Oleum NeverWet that comes in a two-can, two-step spray can form factor on some gear and while it worked great, it dried to an unsightly cloudy haze. Now Rust-Oleum has introduced NeverWet Fabric aimed at the outdoor furniture market. Having recently enjoyed a leaky tent on a rainy… Full review

Gear Aid Seam Grip

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The only thing I will use on cuts, tears, and seams. I've used Seam Grip on everything from tents, to rain shells, to hiking shoes, to even fishing waders. Depending on the location and size of tear, I may back it with Tenacious Tape, then smear on Seam Grip, such as on the sleeve of my rain shell.  On my tent seams, I actually had to re-stitch, then seal it. My largest job was when the vinyl window on the rain fly of my REI tent simply let loose — literally coming off. It took a few evenings… Full review

Gear Aid SilFix Sil-Nylon Repair Kit

rated 5 of 5 stars Great repair kit for fixing holes and tears in sil-nylon material used by many manufactures of lightweight backpacks and tents. As I've been adding lighter weight gear to my backpacking and hiking arsenal, I've run across the complications of making those choices. That being, these lighter weight packs and tents using sil-nylon materials are not as durable as their heavier weight counterparts. My first purchase was the Marmot Kompressor Summit, which is a lightweight 28L day pack which uses sil-nylon… Full review

Gear Aid ReviveX Leather Gel Water Repellent & Conditioner

rated 1 of 5 stars This product simply does not work. $12 at Sports Authority and an entire bottle of it did NOTHING to make a hat rain repellant. Completely worthless product (except it costs $12). There are other less expensive brands that probably DO work. This product does not work. Sprayed the product on a fur felt hat and let it dry. The rain soaked the hat. Prima facie that the product does not work. The can says it works on jackets, hats, shoes, waders, tents, and packs. Maybe you need to use five or six cans… Full review

McNett MiraZyme Odor Eliminator

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a product that you can spray on your clothes to remove odors. Let's face it, there are just some fabrics that hold onto the smell of perspiration. As a triathlete I have several synthetic technical fabric shirts and even after washing them, they still smell. I have tried a variety of special detergents: Penguin Wash, Win, Sport Suds, and a few others. They do better than regular detergent, but there are always a few shirts that still reek even after multiple washes. So I tried the Mirazyme. Full review

Atsko Sno-Seal

rated 5 of 5 stars For chrome-tanned boots, I've never found anything better to keep the water out. It's hard to beat LoneStranger's review of Sno-Seal! I've only used it on my hiking and climbing boots, so I can't testify to its use on belts and jackets. If it's as good on these other applications as it is on boots, It must be greater than I even thought. I started using Sno-Seal in the mid '60s when I got into serious mountaineering — this really was the only thing available besides silicone liquids which were… Full review

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof

rated 5 of 5 stars Nice for backpack waterproofing and tent. Full review

Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof

rated 5 of 5 stars A good tent is not cheap, take care of your investment! Treated my tent fly and tent after one season of use. It was very easy to apply, just spray it on your tent and tent fly and wipe off access. If you don't wipe if off it leaves some residue. Took my tent out backpacking in Colorado over Memorial Weekend after using this product. We encountered rain, thunderstorms, hail, and everything else mother nature could throw at us at 10,000 ft and we did not have a drop of water in our tent.  I am thouroughly… Full review

Gear Aid Tent Sure Tent Floor Sealant

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Tested in the Colorado backcountry in "not-so-pleasant" weather. This is a great product that does what it claims.  I would recommend application before each season.  Backpacking gear and clothing is expensive and I'm sure no one wants to get it wet, especially inside your tent. I applied the floor sealant to my Mountain Hardware Light Wedge 3 at the beginning of the season.  Application of the product was easy, it didn't smell too bad, and it dried quickly. I would definitely make sure the… Full review

Top-Rated Gear Care and Maintenance

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nikwax Down Wash Down Cleaner/Treatment
$8 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Patch/Tape
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
$9 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit Repair Kit
$14 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nikwax TX.Direct Spray-On Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$7 - $39
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Outdoor Sewing Kit Repair Kit
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Gear Aid Seam Grip Seam Sealer
$7 - $22
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$7 - $35
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Atsko Sno-Seal Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Sil Net Silicone Seam Sealer Seam Sealer
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
McNett MiraZyme Odor Eliminator Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
Metolius Cam Lube
Kenyon Camper`s Repair Kit Repair Kit
Gear Aid Ergo Zipper Pulls
ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner Concentrate Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
Sierra Designs Trail Repair Kit Repair Kit
$15 - $29
Gear Aid Buckle Replacement Set Repair Kit
SOL Duct Tape Repair Kit
$3 - $4
Tear-Aid Type B Vinyl-Only Repair Tape Patch/Tape
Gear Aid Quick Attach Tri-glide Repair Kit
Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
$7 - $8
Speedy Stitcher Repair Kit
McNett Winch Buckle Repair Kit
Coghlan's Grommet Kit Repair Kit
Lord and Hodge Grommet Kit Repair Kit
NRS Inflatable Boat Cleaner Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
Trangia X2 Multi-Fuel Part Kit Repair Kit
Coghlan's Handy Duct Tape Patch/Tape
Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
$7 - $11
West System G/flex Epoxy Repair Kit Repair Kit
Nikwax SoftShell DuoPack Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
Gear Aid Seam Sure Seam Sealer
$5 - $6
McNett Zip Care Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
$5 - $9
MSR MicroMesh Maintenance Kit Patch/Tape
Equinox TriGlide Buckles Repair Kit
DryGuy Turbodry Boot Dryer Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proof Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
$7 - $10
Nikwax Tech Wash Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$5 - $26
NRS Latex Wrist Gasket Repair Kit Patch/Tape
$29 - $41
Nikwax Sandal Wash Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
$6 - $8
Nikwax Cotton Proof Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$5 - $11
Therm-a-Rest Valve Repair Kit Patch/Tape
Raftsmith Flexseal Tube Sealant Repair Kit
Gear Aid Zipper Repair Kit Repair Kit
NRS Packraft D-Ring Patch Repair Kit
Gear Aid D-Ring
CMI Rope Washer
McNett Wet & Dry Suit Shampoo Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
$6 - $9
MSR Zipper Maintenance Kit Repair Kit
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