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Holiday downtime and self repairing gear on 12/27/2012 19:17:03 MST Print View

Having sharpened all my forstner drill bits, re-supplied my glues, parts, and put new screw tips in both screw guns, I resorted to cleaning backpacking gear to stay busy until we go back to work next week.

Imagine my suprise when my 20 year old WM Antelope Goretex 0 degree bag emerged from the laundry mat dryer.. HEALED!

Last time i laundered this bag, a decade ago, I thought i had scorched the fabric.
There was a large area, about 25% of the bag that looked and felt wrinkled from heat, as if it had been set too close to the fire.

All these years i continued to use it, just accepting it was ugly, but useable.

Hit the REI for some nikwax downwash this am.
Sent the bag through the commmercial front loader with 5 ounces of downwash.
Twelve tennis balls in the dryer for 2 hours and it emerged completely healed!

The fabric looks like brand new and all of the wrinkles that i took to be permanent damage are gone!

Now i am thinking i just spilled some hot chocolate on it i don't remember.
Or maybe the goretex did melt all those years ago and got stuck to the shell only to release today.
Either way i bet the goretex membrane is toast. At least the shell fabric is fine.

I measure a 3-1/2" half loft and i think there is a bit more drying to go yet. Not bad for a twenty year old bag.

So happy right now! :)

Anyone else doing any gear repair/maintenance during the holiday?