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Recent Gear Care/Maintenance Product Reviews

Cork Grease

rated 5 of 5 stars Ever been desperate to get a zipper open on a backpack, tent or clothing item and it sticks ... even jams shut? Ever have physical connector/connection problems with outing gear? Brings up memory or two for some of us? I've tried different things over the years, and the best most permanent fix I've found is the cork grease used for lubricating critical moving parts on brass and woodwind musical instruments. Get it at any music store or online. Any one else have trouble with Zippers, plastic or metal… Full review

McNett Zip Tech

rated 5 of 5 stars A great product for zipper maintenance. One stick lasts a long time. Does not attract or hold sand and dirt. No mess. Easy to use. In 2003 I bought this product because it was recommended for my drysuit. It worked so well on the drysuit that I started using it on backpacks, tents, down jackets, and waterproof jackets. Any high dollar gear with a zipper is likely to get Zip Tech'd. It actually helps seal water out of water resistant zippers. Product is easy to use and the benefits are noticed immediately. Full review

Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proof

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Essential waterproofing treatment for Nubuck and Suede leather. Key in it's function is that being water based, Nikwax products typically "go where the water goes". The chemistry works great! This product wicks into wettable areas and waterproofs there! It is thus also self regulating with the leather taking up just as much as is needed. Like other Nikwax products this product the application method also cleans during the treatment process. Applied to laces this particular product also helps shed… Full review

Gear Aid MiraZyme Odor Eliminator

rated 5 of 5 stars McNett Gear Aid Mirazyme is a concentrated formula which is designed to remove odor associated with mold, mildew, bacteria, and algae from clothing and gear. Just mix with water. This stuff is great for sleeping bags, clothing, wetsuits, the interior of your vehicle, the armpits of your favorite synthetic running shirt that seem to develop a permanent stink, your shoes, football/hockey pads or other gear/clothing which is subject to hard use. I use a capful or two in a spray bottle with 4 to 6 ounces… Full review

Nikwax Conditioner for Leather

rated 5 of 5 stars An ESSENTIAL tool for real world use of leather, such as boots used in the outdoors (works well on indoor shoes too). Restores supple feel and flexibility to dry leather gear. Restores water proofing without hurting the gear. Neutral color, but does increase the color present giving a darkening effect to the leather. Works with Gore Tex and eVent waterproof membrane boots. Nikwax Conditioner for Leather label for bottle used in this review. My wife scored a nice Lowa Albula GTX boot deal this fall… Full review

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

Top-Rated Gear Care and Maintenance

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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nikwax Down Wash Down Cleaner/Treatment
$6 - $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
$13 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit Repair Kit
$14 - $24
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid MiraZyme Odor Eliminator Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
$5 - $8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nikwax TX.Direct Spray-On Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$8 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
McNett Zip Tech Repair Kit
$5 - $6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nikwax Conditioner for Leather Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
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 - $34
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proof Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
$7 - $10
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
$5 - $9
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
$3 - $5
SOL Duct Tape Repair Kit
Gear Aid Tri-Glide Set Repair Kit
Tear-Aid Type B Vinyl-Only Repair Tape Patch/Tape
Gear Aid Dual-Adjust Buckle Repair Kit
Gear Aid Whistle Buckle Kit Repair Kit
Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
$7 - $8
Speedy Stitcher Repair Kit
Gear Aid Winch Buckle Repair Kit
Coghlan's 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
Gear Aid Bug Mesh Patch Kit Patch/Tape
West System G/flex Epoxy Repair Kit Repair Kit
Gear Aid Quick Attach Tri-Glide Repair Kit
Coghlan's Tent Pole 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 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
$6 - $7
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