Help, maintenance on 70's Kelty Tioga!

7:01 p.m. on April 9, 2015 (EDT)
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So, I'm coming here in hopes of finding someone who might be able to assist me. I recently acquired a Kelty Tioga external frame pack, I washed it to clean it up a bit as was very dirty. Although as I was washing it the weatherproofing cracked and was falling off. Now I'm curious if there's a better way to strip it off the weatherproofing, and what to use to re-weatherproof it that won't harm the pack? Thank you in advance....

8:54 a.m. on April 10, 2015 (EDT)
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That's quite the pack you have there! My friend Ed hikes with that pack almost exclusively.

I'd remove the urethane layer with a brush and some mild soap, wash it quite well with a hose, and dry in a warm, dark place. You could replace the waterproofing with urethane, but I'd consider replacing it with a combo UV protectant and silicone, like https://www.trailspace.com/gear/grangers/tent-cleanerwaterproofer-kit/

Most people rely on a waterproof stuff sack to keep gear dry, so you could leave off the waterproofing entirely, and just treat with a UV protectant.

9:05 a.m. on April 10, 2015 (EDT)
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Awesome thank you! I actually have quite a few of these packs, put this is the first time this has happened with the weatherproofing cracking and falling off. I typically use dry sacks as well, but I like the little bit of extra protection! I will definitely have to try Granger's Tent Cleaner/Waterproofer Kit though, thank you again!

12:52 p.m. on April 10, 2015 (EDT)
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I have two Kelty Tiogas from the 1970s and the bags are made of nylon pack cloth.  I notice no weatherproofing on them.  If they had such a coating it would be of no consequence.  You cannot rely on the bag of a pack to keep the rain out. You need a pack cover, plastic bag and/or dry bags.

2:50 a.m. on April 16, 2015 (EDT)
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My recollection is the Tioga (or super Tioga?) had  coated pack cloth only on the back panel and the rest was uncoated. Kelty manufactured a rain cover for their frame packs but it left some exposed area on the rear panel. Thus, the coated back panel. I think this was the beginning of Kelty's departure from the use of uncoated pack cloth.

11:58 a.m. on April 17, 2015 (EDT)
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In wet country always bring a pack cover or a plastic bag for the outside of your pack unless you use dry bags.

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