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McNett SilFix Silnylon Repair Kit

At 0.8 ounces McNett's SilFix is the lightest and most complete catastrophic repair kit for silicone coated nylon fabrics we have seen.

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by Ken Knight | 2007-01-29 01:21:00-07

No one wants to carry a large repair kit if at all possible. Nor does anyone want to cut a trip short simply due to a hole or tear appearing in their silnylon clothing, backpack, or shelter. With increased interest in ultralight and super-ultralight backpacking these are issues that have become more important. McNett has developed a compact, well thought out, well executed, and exceedingly light repair kit for all silicone coated nylon fabrics that weighs in at 0.8 ounces.

SilFix is a complete repair kit solution wrapped up in a bright orange, water resistant hard plastic tube. Inside the tube is a 0.25 ounce tube of SilFix repair adhesive, 1 Clean Tape patch, 1 silnylon patch, a brush, and detailed repair instructions printed on waterproof paper. The vast majority of repairs will just require you to dab SilFix on the small hole. Larger tears can be permanently mended with the tape, SilFix adhesive, and application of a properly trimmed silnylon patch. If a seam is separating use SilFix to pull the seam together by rubbing it into the affected area with the brush. You can even re-attach guy line pull-out points. Design features like making the cap hexagonal shaped to help prevent the tube from rolling away and providing clear and concise directions and figures to make a variety of repairs speaks well to the thought that went into making this product.


"McNett SilFix Silnylon Repair Kit," by Ken Knight. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2007-01-29 01:21:00-07.


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McNett SilFix Silnylon Repair Kit on 01/29/2007 01:21:01 MST Print View

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Thomas Knighton
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Locale: Southwest GA
McNett Repair Kit on 01/29/2007 03:37:38 MST Print View

I'm just curious how this is a better choice that duct tape in the backcountry. DT can be multiuse, and therefor a better option, IMHO, for going into my pack. Although this would be fantastic for at-home reparing when I get back!


b d
(bdavis) - F

Locale: Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
Re: McNett SilFix Silnylon Repair Kit on 01/29/2007 11:33:02 MST Print View

I like this product because I don't want to stick duct tape on my beautiful silnylon tent. Is there an equivalent or a way to repair quantum fabric or the shell fabrics on UL and L down vests or coats, like the Western Mountaineering Flsh Vest (just got my first spark hole about 1/16") when there are small punctures or spark holes?

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Silnylon Repair on 01/30/2007 09:58:52 MST Print View

Will Sail repair tape stick to sylnylon? I've used it on lots of other nylon material from tents to packs and sleeping bags. A piece on each side of a tear is quick, light and semi-permanent. I've not yet tried it on silnylon.

Is this your Trail Angel?Gorgie at ADZPCTKO 2006

Edited by redleader on 01/30/2007 10:14:53 MST.

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Re: Silnylon Repair on 03/23/2008 13:12:35 MDT Print View

Dennis, or others, has anyone the answer to Dennis's question? Thanks.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Is this your Trail Angel? on 03/23/2008 18:13:08 MDT Print View

Regarding the Trail Angel: This is the Trail Angel in question. Her name is Georgi Heitman, and I met her at ADZPCTKO last year. She lives along the PCT, just north of Mt.Lassen and south of the Hat Creek Rim, in Old Station, CA. She's the real thing.

I just took the time to call her and she said to say Hi! to anyone who might be "listening in".

Regarding the silnylon question I've tried it and it seems to work, though it seems to peel off fairly easily.

Edited by redleader on 03/23/2008 18:18:20 MDT.