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Recent Gear Care/Maintenance Product Reviews

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 it's 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

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 (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
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
$5 - $9
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Atsko Sno-Seal reviewed Jul 3, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof reviewed Jun 26, 2014
$13 - $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
$8 - $39
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 (1)
Nikwax TX.Direct Wash-In reviewed Oct 25, 2013
$7 - $34
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape reviewed Oct 13, 2013
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
$8 - $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
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Water-Based Seam Seal reviewed Jul 25, 2010
Metolius Cam Lube
Kenyon Camper`s Repair Kit Repair Kit
Gear Aid Ergo Zipper Pulls
ReviveX Synthetic Fabric Cleaner Concentrate Fabric Cleaner/Treatment
$7 - $9
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
$8 - $9
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
$13 - $15
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
Gear Aid Quick Attach Tri-Glide Repair Kit
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