A Quick and Effective Way to Repair a Down Jacket
by Emily Jannet on Jan 23, 2023
No doubt a down jacket is the warmest and most comfortable gear for winter adventures or walks! Whether you go hiking or camping in winter, a down jacket is always a versatile light-wear option for wind and water protection. However, no matter how experienced and careful you are, you may find yourself in a challenging situation – bushes, sharp rock edges, cliffs, cigarettes, campfire, or dogs can cause tears in your jacket! Fortunately, there is a quick and easy way to repair your camping clothing and equipment. No sewing is required!
No needle, no thread, but self-adhesive repair patches
Always remember that it is important to seal any tears as soon as possible to prevent them from getting bigger, as well as to stop warmth escaping the interior. Manufacturers do not recommend using a needle and thread as the material in the outer layer is more likely to rip further. Pre-cut self-adhesive repair patches are an effective and inexpensive solution. They are available in different colours so it won’t be difficult to find a suitable one and put the kit into your pocket or backpack when going outdoors next time.
A step-by-step guide to using repair patches
First, remember that if there’s down escaping from the hole in your jacket, never pull it out! Instead, push it back as much as possible. Next, you can follow the steps below:
- Clean the area to be repaired and let it dry for a while. Dirt and moisture make it harder for the patch to stick.
- Select the appropriate size and shape of the pre-cut patch. It should be bigger than the hole.
- Peel the patch off carefully.
- Stick it to the area to be repaired.
- Smooth out wrinkles if they appear.
As you see, the process does not require any professional skills and takes little time. Azengear self-adhesive repair patches ensure a neat finish and a long-lasting result.
- QUICK DIY REPAIR KIT - it takes seconds to apply the chosen patch to the ripped fabric on your down jacket, ski clothing or sleeping bag to patch up the hole
- 11 DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES - each mending set includes 11 pre-cut, self-adhesive, high-quality, soft patches (1 oval 5x8cm, 1 oval 3x5cm, 2 ovals 1x2cm each, 1 circle 5cm diameter, 2 circles 4 cm, 2 circles 1.5cm and 2 circles 1cm)
- DURABLE AND LONG-LASTING - rip-stop nylon fabric is waterproof, tear resistant and can be used to fix torn umbrellas, gloves, bags, backpacks, skiing clothing, sleeping bags, down jackets, tents
- HOW TO USE: clean the area on your down jacket or clothing around the hole, rip or tear that needs to be patched (if there are feathers sticking out, push them inside under the fabric), select the appropriate size and shape of the pre-cut patch, peel it off and stick to the area that needs to be fixed. You are all set! No sewing or ironing required
In addition, the repair kit comes in handy for fixing holes in tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, bags, skiing clothing, gloves, and umbrellas.
Down jacket washing, drying and storage tips
Wash, dry and store your down jacket properly to make it last a lifetime. Here are some useful tips.
It is very important to regularly wash your down jacket to remove dirt and prevent body oils from building up. Otherwise, the item may become more susceptible to tears.
First, check the fabric care label to make sure that the down jacket can be put in the washing machine. If possible, use a front-loading washing machine as it is gentler on clothes. Next, fasten all zippers and flip the item inside out. Use mild liquid laundry detergent. You may need to run through two rinse cycles to wash out the soap completely.
When it comes to drying a down jacket, a dryer is the best option. Before you start, don’t forget to check the care label. Set the machine dryer to low or air dry. To prevent down from clumping, toss two or three tennis balls into the dryer. You may also need to rerun the dryer if the item is still wet.
The best option is to keep your jacket in a cool dry place. Be aware that compression damages feathers. Hang it in a closet or on a coat rack. And always restore before you store ;)
Follow our tips and enjoy your camping gear for many years to come!