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saltysack
11-28-2017, 22:18
Recently on a section hike my dumb arse leaned too close to my alchy stove...burnt a damn hole the size of baseball just below chest area...needless to say a few choice words flew! Iíve had it several years and canít see anyway to salvage for regular use as I used it around town and on the trail. I put a few pieces of duct tape over for a field fix but canít see the wife being seen with me wearing it..blaze orange duct tape doesnít help!....thought about salvaging the down and having it added to my EE 20* Enigma to bump up the temp rating....thoughts? Ideas?


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scudder
11-28-2017, 22:38
You could still have a vest if you are crafty and use the sleeve material to repair the damage.
Sleeves could be salvaged to make booties- or to pair with a functional vest for added warmth, if you opt out from the repair.
Plenty of material to make a down beanie or two.
Your dog might enjoy a "quilt".

saltysack
11-28-2017, 22:55
You could still have a vest if you are crafty and use the sleeve material to repair the damage.
Sleeves could be salvaged to make booties- or to pair with a functional vest for added warmth, if you opt out from the repair.
Plenty of material to make a down beanie or two.
Your dog might enjoy a "quilt".

Damn I wish I could sew! Pup does too! He has a modified el cheapo Costco down vest turned bag! I like your ideas, Iíll reach out to a local seamstress to see if itís reasonable...thx


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rocketsocks
11-28-2017, 22:59
Wet vest (saturate), preform surgery's and extract wet down, ring, weigh, group however you like, insert down into drinking straw, prep second garment for minimal invasive procedure, insert straw and blow, repeat as nessasary, close, fluff.

blw2
11-28-2017, 23:09
Yeah, I would think it possible to patch. Could probably source a similar fabric if not the same...good enough for trail use. As scudder suggested, I'd think a halfway decent seamstress could do a first rate patch, going from a seam to a seam, that might be hard to see...or at least not look too bad.

Have you tried taking it to a seamstress?

Maybe contact montbel? (either for matching fabric or for repair)

Or, just find some sort of AT patch, or something else suitable to your interest, to sew over the hole.... Again, maybe not suitable for high fashion town wear but good enough for the trail....

saltysack
11-29-2017, 11:08
Hereís a pic...Iíve had this patch for years but itís lil to small...https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171129/6072ad3df59de17a6155dd66c22a2121.jpg


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Gambit McCrae
11-29-2017, 11:24
Salty just get some tenasious tap and put a patch over is...my bag is pretty much the only thing down I have that doesn't have a patch or 5 on lit. The jack gets a burn hole in it? Ah little T-Tape will fix that and give it some character :) They even have your pretty little color :banana

https://www.gearaid.com/products/tenacious-tape?variant=28044148753

You can also buy loose down online for pretty cheap but I have no experience in that so I will let it be at that

saltysack
11-29-2017, 11:33
Salty just get some tenasious tap and put a patch over is...my bag is pretty much the only thing down I have that doesn't have a patch or 5 on lit. The jack gets a burn hole in it? Ah little T-Tape will fix that and give it some character :) They even have your pretty little color :banana

https://www.gearaid.com/products/tenacious-tape?variant=28044148753

You can also buy loose down online for pretty cheap but I have no experience in that so I will let it be at that

Good call, after pulling off the duct tape I can definitely see salvaging it. Was kind of like a kid with blood...afraid to look at it! Iíll swing by rei grab some t tape.


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1azarus
11-29-2017, 18:47
...I'm thinking a PCT patch right next to the AT patch would solve all your problems.

saltysack
11-29-2017, 19:25
...I'm thinking a PCT patch right next to the AT patch would solve all your problems.

Hell maybe just go ahead with all three! Technically Iíve hiked ON all three....[emoji51]
JMT(PCT)about half CT(CDT)and AT.....so much for a UL jacket!


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Gambit McCrae
11-30-2017, 09:20
Good call, after pulling off the duct tape I can definitely see salvaging it. Was kind of like a kid with blood...afraid to look at it! I’ll swing by rei grab some t tape.


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Salty how did your handy work turn out??

saltysack
11-30-2017, 12:07
Salty how did your handy work turn out??

Actually just talked with EE they use a similar color in 10d for the quilts, theyíre going to send me a scrap piece Iím going to have repaired cheap.


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