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  1. Down Jacket Repair Tips And Tricks

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    Down jacket repair instructions

    If you have ripped your favourite down jacket then there are a number of options available to fix the tear. Our down jacket repair tips and tricks are quick and easy to follow without being onerous on your pocket.

    You can of course do nothing, but over time the down insulation filling will billow out and you will be left with a very expensive windproof!

    Preparing The Down Repair

    Before you do anything you must ensure that the down filling is pushed back in to the hole. If the rip is small then use something thin and blunt such as closed tweezers or the end of a pen.

    Try and avoid using items with a sharp tip that could push through the fabric if you slip, or a finger, as they often make the hole bigger.

    If the fabric is dirty around the hole then you will need to clean it before applying an adhesive patch or tape.

    Tweezers used for down jacket repair

    Duct Tape Fix

    Good quality duct tape is a quick way to prevent any further loss of down insulation from your jacket. Just cut the required shape and apply it. If you spend a bit of time pressing down the edges then they will not peel away very easily.

    A lot of people use this technique as a permanent fix, but if you want something more aesthetically pleasing then you could use this as a temporary measure.

    Duct tape used for down jacket repair

    Down Jacket Repair Tape

    Repair tape is similar to Duct Tape but it is a bit more refined in appearance and is easier to cut in to the required shape. These tapes come in both an adhesive form and an iron on system in both fabric and plastic materials.

    Stitching

    If you are handy with a needle then you can always stitch the rip in your down jacket. This can be a very permanent solution if done correctly. However, it can look very messy as you need to pull in a lot of fabric around the tear.

    Stitching used on down jacket repair

    Down Jacket Repair Patches

    This is probably the best looking fix for small to medium sized tears in down jackets. The self adhesive backing on these waterproof flexible fabric patches is very sticky, allowing for good coverage over seams.

    Most packs come with both oblong and circular shapes to avoid patches lifting off when edges are caught.

    Down jacket repair patches

  2. Sub Zero Soft Shell Windproof Jacket Review By Harald Krauss

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    Harald Krauss is a  blogger from Germany who has a strong interest in running, especially ultra trails. His major achievements in 2012 were the Zugspitz Ultratrail (100k) and the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.
    He writes for his own blog (www.das-lauferei.de) as well as a column for www.laufticker.de, a major German netzine specialising on running.

     

    “Equipment wise the jacket (with drop back) follows the usual standard with velcro cuffs, hem toggles and wind protected front zip. Two large pockets (with net on the inside) offer enough room for tissues, gloves and what else one might want to pack. There’s another pocket on the left sleeve to carry a mobile phone or MP3 player. The zips give an impression of good quality, though being a bit hard to operate, which is probably owed to them being water- and windproof. However, there’s a superb handle on the front zip. I was immediately smitten by the collar: high, close fitting (but not too tight), and covered with the same wonderfully soft material they use for the front zip’s wind protection. Needless to say it’s got a zip guard.

     

    The Test

    First Impression– was that of a wonderful surface feel. The outside material feels just great, reminding me of a thin suede jacket. If somebody was looking to use the words “haptics” and “greatness” in one sentence, here it is. Since the material – thanks to Elastane – adapts to the movements of the body, the words “second skin” come to my mind.

     

    Runningthe conditions were circa -5 to +10 °C, cloudy, windy, with occasional rain. I wore underneath the Sub Zero soft shell Jacket a lightweight base layer and I also tried an additional thermal mid layer, which means I expected to get hot. Nevertheless I had to try it (sometimes curiosity is stronger than sense). Sure I did sweat, soft shell fabrics are not overly breathable, consequently even the slightest jog made me feel wet. When winter – the real winter – returned with temperatures around zero, plus a bit of wind, the Sub Zero soft shell proved its abilities. One or two layers underneath, and, no matter what weather, I was warm and cosy. In my eyes, running is not quite the jacket’s domain. It is possible to use it for running, even better when it’s cold, but I might say it’s range is for cold and windy weather. I once tried the combination of a super thin windbreaker and thermal layer, truly running stuff, for comparison. Back in the soft shell, it feels more “jacket”.

     

    Hiking – is a different story. Once tried, the Sub Zero soft shell instantly became my favourite jacket. I either wore it right from the start – depended on weather and situation, of course, or I had it ready in my pack for the next belay. Light rain didn’t come through at all, I guess it needs heavy rain, or an extended stay outside until you feel the urge to put a rain jacket on top.

     

    Conclusion

    The Sub Zero soft shell is a true all round jacket. If you like, it’s the generalist amongst clothing. Provided it doesn’t rain cats and dogs, it’s not freezing cold or your training schedule says “speed”, you’re doing right by wearing it: windproof, water resistant, warm enough, this jacket is just great!”

     

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