Adding abrasion-resistance to WPB hardshell jacket
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Bradley Danyluk
(dasbin) - MLife
Adding abrasion-resistance to WPB hardshell jacket on 04/12/2009 19:42:18 MDT Print View

I've got a Mont-Bell Peak Shell jacket that's great in every way but the very light (12D) fabric and DWR worries me for long trips with a backpack over it. In the short term, the straps could wear through the DWR before the trip is even over, causing it to wet-out. In the long term, the jacket may not last as long as I'd like.

A possible idea to counter-act this: WPB pads glued or stitched over the existing fabric at high-wear point. McNett makes a self-adhesive Gore-Tex Repair Kit with 5cm x 10cm Gore-Tex pads that you just iron on. Great, but too small for shoulder or waist pads. Anyone know of something very similar but larger I could use for this purpose?

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Does it need to be WPB? on 04/13/2009 03:19:49 MDT Print View

If the straps are going to be over it most of the time, preventing it from breathing, does it need to be WPB?

One solution may be to just paint the area with Seam Sealer (PU) This is pretty tough AND flexible. You could have someone mark the area of the straps with a pencil or tailors chalk, and then paint it.

Rod

Bradley Danyluk
(dasbin) - MLife
nylon on 04/13/2009 22:08:56 MDT Print View

You're right - upon further thinking I guess there is no reason for it to be WPB. In fact, it doesn't even have to be waterproof if the jacket under it is.

I found some $1.00 300D nylon iron-on patches at the local store. I think I'll try putting them on. Can anyone think of any reason this might be a bad idea?