Making a Repair
Fixing a tear in a jacket, tent or backpack is easy with repair tape and scissors.
1. Before making a repair, make sure the area around the tear is clean and dry.
2. Cut a circular patch that is about 1/2 inch wider than the cut or tear.
3. Bring the tear edges together, remove the paper backing, and apply the patch.
4. Rub all the patch edges down to form a strong bond between the tape and the fabric.
5. Admire your repair!
Repair tape is affordable and lightweight. A roll of repair tape will cost about $10 ($0.10 a square inch) and you can buy various colors that match your fabric. I recommend getting a color that matches your jacket. It is a good idea to carry at least one 3 inch by 3 inch patch that can be shaped later for the specific repair.
The ripstop repair tape we used weighed about 0.2 grams per square inch. Therefore a small emergency repair patch will not weigh you down.