There is nothing quite as disheartening a a favorite piece of gear getting damaged. Recently, my Momentum Hybrid jacket from The North Face got a tear in it.. This jacket, in my opinion, is one of the most versatile pieces I’ve ever owned. It is a great active jacket unless it’s truly cold, and fits snugly enough that it does double duty as an amazing midlayer. It’s been in heavy rotation ever since I got it.
I thought about trying to sew the rip, but my sewing skills are not of the professional variety, so generally the result is less than satisfying. I’d heard of people using duct tape to fix down jackets (I’ve done it on another one of mine, but it’s the end of the sleeve so not too apparent), but that seemed a bit too dirtbag for me.
Enter Gear Aid Tenacious Tape. While the perfect solution would be a piece of tape that perfectly matches the color of the fabric, it’s likely it won’t. That means you can either try to get as close as possible in hue, go for a total contrast, or use a fun shape for something totally different.
To fix my jacket, I bought the “Camping” pack of gear patches. What caught my eye was a Sasquatch patch, so I hoped that would be the ticket. If not, some of the other shapes, like the squirrel, trailer, and campfire looked fun as well. I ended up choosing an ax, as the orange color was a relatively good match (to my eye) for the contrasting pieces on the jacket.
Tenacious Tape Instructions:
- Prep the area by cleaning with isopropyl alcohol.
- Choose patch, remove from sheet.
- Apply patch and press down from center out to remove air bubbles.
- [Re-position patch in first 24 hours if needed.]
Here’s the final placement and the tape feels super secure. I don’t think I could pull it off except maybe by being tenacious (haha) with a knife. One thing I do wish is that it wasn’t so transparent – it looks like a repair:
One thing people search for online is Tenacious Tape vs Gorilla Tape. To me, Gorilla Tape is a duct tape, so not sure it’s an appropriate comparison. According to the manufacturer, the tape is made to stick to “smooth, rough and uneven surfaces, including wood, stone, stucco, brick, metal and vinyl.”
No mention of Gorilla Tape being used to fix apparel. From the Internet I gleaned that Gorilla Tape does indeed work to fix repairs on down jackets, but is unsightly and also inferior in terms of actual repair – it’s more temporary than Tenacious Tape.
In the future, I think I’ll continue to use Tenacious Tape whenever possible. It seems like a good fix, is a fun way to repair a damaged piece of apparel, and isn’t too expensive. The only con for me was its transparency, and that probably is affected by the underlying color(s).