WhiteBlaze Pages 2022
A Complete Appalachian Trail Guidebook.
$5 for printable PDF, AVAILABLE NOW. $9 for interactive PDF(smartphone version)
Read more here WhiteBlaze Pages Store

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 26
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    09-13-2016
    Location
    Lakewood, OH
    Age
    35
    Posts
    88

    Default Putting Patches on Packs

    Not the "Cover a tear kind", more of the bumper sticker for your pack kind of patch.

    Would stitching/sewing on or using some kind of adhesive, be better for affixing a patch to a pack? Especially if you are going to have a multitude of patches on the pack.

    My first thought was stitching/sewing would be better, but I wondered how that would effect the water resistance of the pack as well as its overall structural integrity when a whole bunch of patches are put on.

    Does anyone here have patches on their pack and have a preferred method?

    Thanks!

  2. #2

    Join Date
    05-05-2011
    Location
    state of confusion
    Posts
    9,866
    Journal Entries
    1

    Default

    Why would you think a pack is water resistant?

    If you never ever want to be able to sell it, do whatever you like to it.

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    11-01-2014
    Location
    Anchorage, AK
    Age
    61
    Posts
    2,503

    Default

    Sewing patches on your pack won't alter the durability of your pack. Heck, the whole pack is held together with stitches to begin with. If you are worried about the needle holes decreasing the water resistance of your pack, put a little seam sealer over them on the inside after you are done sewing on the patches.

    Patches do add weight though.
    I'm not lost. I'm exploring.

  4. #4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyWaters View Post
    Why would you think a pack is water resistant?

    If you never ever want to be able to sell it, do whatever you like to it.
    Most packs are. What are you getting at?

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    11-01-2014
    Location
    Anchorage, AK
    Age
    61
    Posts
    2,503

    Default

    Most packs are water resistant, NOT water proof. Most packs have all kinds of needle holes in them already from the manufacturing. A few needle holes wouldn't significantly alter the water resistance of a pack. If it were a water proof pack however, needle holes would be a small problem and gluing the patch would probably be the better choice.
    I'm not lost. I'm exploring.

  6. #6
    Registered User gravityman's Avatar
    Join Date
    11-05-2002
    Location
    Boulder, CO
    Age
    49
    Posts
    1,176

    Default

    My problem is getting the patch to stay on my pack that has a stretchy pocket that I sew it to. Every few years it comes off.

  7. #7

    Default

    Take your fabric patch smearing a thin layer of McNett's Seam Grip on it. Carefully cleanly attach to pack in an area of the main body nylon, Dyneema, canvas, etc. Takes several hrs to cure so placing some temporary tape over the patch helps keep the patch's edges down as it gels. Don't get wet Seam Grip on stuff you don't want marred. I wouldn't try this over mesh or stretchy side or front shovel pockets. I don't know about Sean Grip sticking to hybrid CF. Seam Grip hardens to a clear flexible seal. Seam Grip is WP. It's somewhat similar to Shoe Goo but perhaps softer and more flexible once hardened. https://www.mcnett.com/gearaid/seam-grip#10510 If you just want to add some flash in your backpacking dash McNett's Gear Gear Aid also has shaped, reflective, etc Tenacious Tape patches. They hold exceptionally well. https://www.mcnett.com/gearaid/gear-patches#10819

  8. #8
    Registered User
    Join Date
    09-13-2016
    Location
    Lakewood, OH
    Age
    35
    Posts
    88

    Default

    Awesome, thanks for the replies guys.

    And thanks for the detail dogwood, I'll check that out.

  9. #9

    Default

    I sewed a 4"x4" Velcro loop patch on my pack. Then I stitch Velcro hook onto my favorite patches. Makes it easy to swap patches out to my heart's content.
    Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt, and the forest and field in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul.--Fred Bear

    www.misadventuregear.com

  10. #10

    Default

    One thing to consider is a pack is usually very abrasion resistant material, patches are not. If you use the pack a lot, the patches do tend to get quite shredded.

  11. #11

    Default

    FWIW, you may want to consider a patch sash. Sew the patches onto a sash or fabric panel that can be connected to the pack and you can use it on any number of packs over a number of years. It can be removed when you want to protect them a bit as well.

  12. #12

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Maui Rhino View Post
    I sewed a 4"x4" Velcro loop patch on my pack. Then I stitch Velcro hook onto my favorite patches. Makes it easy to swap patches out to my heart's content.
    What an excellent idea!

  13. #13
    Registered User
    Join Date
    09-04-2016
    Location
    Wake Forest, NC
    Posts
    34

    Default

    **waits patiently for Girl Scout cookie joke**

  14. #14
    Registered User
    Join Date
    09-04-2016
    Location
    Wake Forest, NC
    Posts
    34

    Default

    Just kidding that's a great idea

  15. #15

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by tour-kid View Post
    **waits patiently for Girl Scout cookie joke**
    HA! I thought about that too... I've seen sashes used, but they are usually made of a large square of material with ties or connection points for pack use. Though I suppose with those you can have mud flaps with the ever popular "back off" Yosemite Sam on them.

  16. #16

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by tour-kid View Post
    **waits patiently for Girl Scout cookie joke**
    Umm, Girl Scout Cookie strain?

  17. #17
    "Maybe life isn't about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it's about collecting the scars to prove we showed up for it."

  18. #18
    Registered User
    Join Date
    12-19-2005
    Location
    Knoxville, TN
    Posts
    3,715
    Images
    3

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogwood View Post
    Umm, Girl Scout Cookie strain?



    I could could be the only one getting this reference....

    heard good old things about it, but haven't yet tried it.....

  19. #19
    Registered User
    Join Date
    09-04-2016
    Location
    Wake Forest, NC
    Posts
    34

    Default

    I got the reference. I'm loving dog walker these days.

    Energy to move, enough space to drift off in thought.
    A good dead show in the earbuds and I'm a happy camper

  20. #20
    Registered User -Rush-'s Avatar
    Join Date
    05-10-2016
    Location
    GA
    Posts
    500
    Journal Entries
    3
    Images
    1

    Default

    Sewing onto packs sucks for several reasons. I prefer one of these approaches..

    A piece of canvas or other material that you attach to your pack.
    dsc02798.jpg

    A velcro pad attached to the pack.

    Tactical-Patches-Military-PVC-Badge-Chinese-Character-Velcro-DIY-Rubber-Velcro-Patches-for-Cloth.jpg
    "Though I have lost the intimacy with the seasons since my hike, I retain the sense of perfect order, of graceful succession and surrender, and of the bold brilliance of fall leaves as they yield to death." - David Brill

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
++ New Posts ++

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •