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by Diane Spicer
Tenacious Tape tips, coming right up.
But first, a question for you:
Would you mind if someone called you tenacious?
Isn’t that just a polite way to say “stubborn”?
And it’s a great attribute for hiking gear repair tape to have, especially in a gritty, moisture prone environment like a hiking trail or backcountry camp site.
If you’ve never heard of this particular gear hack, you’re about to meet a very unique and useful tape.
Here’s a quick product description of peel ‘n stick Tenacious Tapefrom the manufacturer:
“Using a combination of real tent fabric and high-strength adhesive, Tenacious Tape makes fast, permanent repairs
to nylon, polyester, vinyl, rubber, neoprene, polyurethane, leather, canvas, and plastic surfaces.”
“Quickly repair rips and holes in outerwear, waders,
sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, tarps, backpacks,
Sounds like something a hiker and backpacker might like to have, right?
So I offer you three good reasons to include a batch of
indispensable “stubborn” tape on your list of
favorite gear hacks.
Choose the right version of this hack for your particular hiking gear needs: roll -vs- pre-cut circles.
There are merits to both of them.
Let's take a closer look.
A roll of this tape is useful for a large and/or irregular size gear repair.
I've used it to seal a big rip in a waterproof combination dry bag/backpack during a boat-supported hiking trip in Greenland.
Now you know how much I trust Tenacious Tape to bond quickly in less than ideal conditions!
The pre-cut peel and stick circles (stickers, actually) are great for little holes in a jacket or tent fly.
Round edges prevent accidental snags or peel-off events.
You can seal just one side of a gap.
Need more strength?
Use a circle on both sides of the gap or gash (only one has to match the "right" side).
Flexibility is retained, which is nice for clothing.
You're probably way ahead of me here, but why couldn't you just cut circles out of your roll when you need them?
You can! But it's just one more fiddly little thing to do in a less-than-clean-and-dry outdoor environment.
My solution: At home, cut some circles of various sizes. Then tuck them into the roll.
The best of both worlds!
When you get your wet, dirty gear home and decide you want a permanent fix for a rip, burn, or seam failure, you can re-do your hasty Tenacious Tape field repair under better conditions.
This tape won't leave a sticky residue, like duct tape so often does. It removes easily (see caveat below).
You need to remove the T.T. patch within a few days, or the hasty and perhaps less than meticulous field repair becomes permanent.
So for an expensive pair of waterproof hiking pants, or a critical tent repair, take your time at home to customize the size of the Tenacious Tape patch you apply.
If you're repairing hiking clothing and are concerned about how the patch job will look (the scarecrow effect), note that this wonder tape comes in a variety of colors.
In my opinion, the company is fairly well dialed in to the predominant colors using in hiking and camping gear. So you should be able to select a reasonably close color match.
While the patch won't be truly invisible, it shouldn't catch the eye (or ragged fingernails) if you take your time and make it just the right size to do the patch job.
Your patched items can be safely machine washed and dried:
In an abundance of caution, allow several days between the patch application and the laundering.
These three Tenacious Tape tips have given you a few scenarios for when deploying your roll or stash of patches makes sense.
Carrying this stuff with you is a small but mighty investment in your peace of mind!
Best Tenacious Tape Tips
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