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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Equinox TriGlide Buckles Repair Kit
$2
Coghlan's Vinyl Repair Tape Patch/Tape
$2
Kenyon K-Tape Repair Tape for Ripstop Patch/Tape
$2
 
Gerber Pocket Sharpener
$2
Sterling Rope Wicked Good Rope Wash Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
$2
Sink the Stink Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
$3
 
Kenyon K-Tape Repair Tape for Taffeta Patch/Tape
$3 MSRP
Kenyon Klear K Tape Patch/Tape
$3
Kenyon Seam Sealer 3 Seam Sealer
$3
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Patches Patch/Tape
$3
Gear Aid D-Ring
$3
 
Coghlan's Handy Duct Tape Patch/Tape
$3
 
Coghlan's Screen Patch Patch/Tape
$3
 
Coghlan's Sewing Kit Repair Kit
$3
 
Lord and Hodge Grommet Refill Kit Repair Kit
$3
 
Coghlan's Colored Duct Tape Patch/Tape
$3
 
Lord and Hodge Snap Fastener Refill Kit Repair Kit
$3
Gear Aid Ellipse Toggle Cord Locks
$3
Aquaseal Waterproofing and Conditioner for Leather Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
$3
Nikwax Polar Proof Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$3 - $29
Gear Aid Quick Attach Tension Lock Repair Kit
$3
SOL Duct Tape Repair Kit
$3
NRS Chaos Helmet Replacement Ear Pads
$4
Sea to Summit Field Repair Buckle Repair Kit
$4 - $6
303 Aerospace Protectant Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
$4 - $16
Metolius Cam Lube
$4
Gear Aid Buckle Replacement Set Repair Kit
$4 - $5
Nikwax Tech Wash Travel Gel Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$4
 
Gear Aid Quick Attach Tri-glide Repair Kit
$4
 
McNett Winch Buckle Repair Kit
$4
Gear Aid Quick Attach Buckle Kit Repair Kit
$4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Patch/Tape
$5
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
McNett MiraZyme Odor Eliminator Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
$5 - $9
McNett Zip Tech Repair Kit
$5 - $6
Gear Aid Tent Pole Splints Repair Kit
$5
Nikwax BaseWash Travel Gel Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$5
Nikwax Wool Wash Travel Gel Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$5 - $6
Gear Aid MiraZyme Odor Eliminator Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
$5 - $8
McNett Zip Care Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
$5 - $9
 
Gear Aid Easy Pinch Buckle Repair Kit
$5
 
Gear Aid Duct Tape Replacement Set Patch/Tape
$5
 
McNett Reflector Buckle Kit Repair Kit
$5
 
Lord and Hodge Snap Fastener Kit Repair Kit
$5
Coghlan's Tent Repair Kit Repair Kit
$5 - $6
Nikwax Cotton Proof Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$5 - $12
REI Hiking Boot Brush Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
$6
Nikwax Tech Wash Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$5 - $26
 
Aquaseal Scent Free Cream Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
$6
Aquaseal Map Seal Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
$6 - $12
NRS Packraft D-Ring Patch Repair Kit
$6
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