Gear Care and Maintenance

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Repair Kits
Patches and Tapes
Seam Sealers
Down Cleaners
Fabric Cleaners
Footwear Cleaners
Equipment Cleaners

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$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 and above

Recent Gear Care/Maintenance Product Reviews

Granger's Extreme Cleaner Spray-on

rated 3 of 5 stars Granger's Extreme Cleaner Spray-on is an easy-to-apply cleaner for down jackets, sleeping bags, and other gear that cannot/should not go into a washing machine. While it will knock off the dirt and grime, users should not expect their down products to look as good as new. I bought it in the United States, but the product is based in the United Kingdom and hard to find. Search Amazon. Let me start by saying, I did not go looking to buy this product. I went into an “outdoor gear store” to buy… Full review

InstaMorph

rated 5 of 5 stars This is something new to me. It is a moldable plastic that can be used for so many repairs when on the trail. It can be made moldable in hot water and can be remolded as necessary. I used it to repair a broken tent pole and it got me through what would otherwise would have been a very miserable four-day trip. This stuff is amazing. The uses for it are only limited by your need and imagination. Can be used for repairs of items you already have or to make something you need. It will bond to some plastics. Full review

Gear Aid Freesole Shoe & Boot Repair

rated 5 of 5 stars This is an easy-to-use shoe glue for repairs such as detached soles. It dries overnight and holds securely even after severe abuse. About a month ago, I did a review of the Brooks PureGrit 3 trail running shoes. In that review, I pointed out that the sole had begun to separate near the toe on both shoes. Immediately after writing that review, I used some Freesole to re-attach the sole with fantastic results.   EASE OF USE:   Overall, Freesole is pretty easy to use. You just smear a little bit… Full review

Original PEET Dryer

rated 5 of 5 stars Like to dry footwear, handwear, headgear quickly and safely? Like to stop microbial growth and odors overnight in boots? The trick is getting out moisture quickly, but gently. I've had mine for over 25 years, and it works the same as new! It never has altered or hurt any of my gear. A MUST HAVE item, unless you only wear rubber or plastic sandals (I dry my leather sandals on it). Important Update:  I've been living in the dark ages, PEET I see has a whole family of innovative use focused products… Full review

Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In

rated 5 of 5 stars BEST IN CLASS! What would you give to restore your most technical (typically expensive), breathable waterproof/repellent gear back to its original functional state? What you give to add durable water resistant (DWR) finish capability to a favorite synthetic fabric item, that did not have it in the first place?  What if this just costed $1 to 4 per item, and can be done at home ... without the need for a Flux Capacitor or Hot Tub Time Machine? Would it make you happy if there were no persistent… Full review

Berkeley Premium 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 a 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… 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 its function is that being water based, Nikwax products typically "go where the water goes". The chemistry here works great! The product wicks into wettable areas and waterproofs them! It is thus self regulating with the leather taking up just as much as 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 trail… 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

Top-Rated Gear Care and Maintenance

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user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Granger's Extreme Cleaner Spray-on reviewed Jan 11, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
InstaMorph reviewed Dec 10, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Freesole Shoe & Boot Repair reviewed Dec 9, 2015
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Original PEET Dryer reviewed Dec 6, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In reviewed Dec 4, 2015
$12 - $34
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Berkeley Premium Cork Grease reviewed Nov 24, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
McNett Zip Tech reviewed Nov 24, 2015
$5 - $6
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Nikwax Nubuck & Suede Proof reviewed Nov 23, 2015
$7 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid MiraZyme Odor Eliminator reviewed Nov 10, 2015
$5 - $8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nikwax Conditioner for Leather reviewed Nov 5, 2015
$7 - $8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rust-Oleum NeverWet Fabric reviewed Jul 5, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Gear Aid Seam Grip reviewed Apr 10, 2015
$7 - $22
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid SilFix Sil-Nylon Repair Kit reviewed Dec 19, 2014
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid ReviveX Leather Gel Water Repellent & Conditioner reviewed Dec 12, 2014
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
McNett MiraZyme Odor Eliminator reviewed Jul 11, 2014
$6 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Atsko Sno-Seal reviewed Jul 3, 2014
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof reviewed Jun 26, 2014
$18 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Tent Sure Tent Floor Sealant reviewed May 30, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Outdoor Sewing Kit reviewed Apr 1, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Efferdent Cleanser reviewed Mar 10, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Nikwax Down Wash reviewed Jan 7, 2014
$10
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP reviewed Dec 10, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kenetrek Waterproofing Boot Wax reviewed Oct 27, 2013
$16 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape reviewed Oct 13, 2013
$5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Tectron Sno-Seal Waterproofing reviewed Oct 2, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit reviewed Sep 21, 2013
$14 - $24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
E-6000 Adhesive reviewed Apr 12, 2013
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Seam Grip Field Repair Kit reviewed Jul 28, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nikwax TX.Direct Spray-On reviewed Jul 25, 2012
$9 - $21
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Aquaseal Seam Seal reviewed May 2, 2011
 
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Seam Seal reviewed Apr 10, 2011
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Gear Aid Sil Net Silicone Seam Sealer reviewed Oct 26, 2010
$7
 
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Water-Based Seam Seal reviewed Jul 25, 2010
Nikwax Down Wash Direct Down Cleaner/Treatment
$11
Metolius Cam Lube
$5
 
Kenyon Camper`s Repair Kit Repair Kit
$11
Gear Aid Ergo Zipper Pulls
$6
ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner Concentrate Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$9
Sierra Designs Trail Repair Kit Repair Kit
$30
Gear Aid Buckle Replacement Set Repair Kit
$3 - $5
SOL Duct Tape Repair Kit
$3 - $4
Gear Aid Tri-Glide Set Repair Kit
$5
Tear-Aid Type B Vinyl-Only Repair Tape Patch/Tape
$10
 
Gear Aid Dual-Adjust Buckle Repair Kit
$3
Gear Aid Whistle Buckle Kit Repair Kit
$5
Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel Footwear Cleaner/Treatment
$7 - $8
Speedy Stitcher Repair Kit
$14
Gear Aid Winch Buckle Repair Kit
$5
Coghlan's Grommet Kit Repair Kit
$8
NRS Inflatable Boat Cleaner Equipment Cleaner/Treatment
$16
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