/ Tips for reinforcing gore-tex over-trousers
Not bothered about losing a bit of breatheability, more concerned to strengthen the high-wear areas and stop them getting scuffed-up or ripped.
Any ideas very gratefully received.
Get an old pair of waterproofs, cut patches from them and use 'storm sure' glue to stick the patches on. Doesn't look pretty, but effective.
Now, if only I had a pair of old waterproofs!
I was really wondering if there were any patching materials that were hardwearing and sold in quite big sections with a sticky backing. However, that has to be one mean adhesive as the temp range they'll be used in is wide and the knee patches will go through a lot of movement as well as some abrasion.
A previous pair of cheaper waterproofs (that I finally chucked out) ended up with effectively this just from all the gaffer tape on them!
Actually I have used a special repair tape (about 100mm wide) that comes in a little red tube (think needle sports or snow and rock sell them) and I have found it to be great stuff. Surprisingly actually... it's fixed tears on jackets and trousers and the stuff is still on there a year later!
Not great for very high flex areas though as it is stiffer than normal fabric but otherwise great stuff.
Is that Tenacious tape : http://www.amazon.co.uk/McNett-Tenacious-Sealing-Repair-Patches/dp/B005T1X5KW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&...
Its magic stuff sticks to owt and doesn't come off.
That's the stuff! The divine offspring of Goretex and ducktape.
From your description it sounds like you are talking about this tape: http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/mcnett-tenacious-tape-camping-repair-kit-p107605
They even have special one for Gore-tex membrane, but they are patches, not tape: http://www.mcnett.com/gearaid/gore-tex-fabric-repair-kit#15310
Well, the tape works very well in areas where is no "stress". My tent bag is repaired with that tape and holds extremely well, but I tried to fix few holes on my Asolo boots near toe area and it didn't work so well.
EDIT: Too late...
I repaired a rip on my goretex waterproofs using a scrap of event fabric. I used bog standard evostick impact adhesive (about £4 from B&Q) and it has worked a treat. I didn't expect the repair to last but it has survived a year including washing/reproofing and it looks ok. The repair area is still flexible too.
Thanks for the ideas. I ripped a small hole in the bum of the trousers coming down some scree at the weekend, so will be repairing and reinforcing soon!
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