Sleeping bag with a zipper hung up in the baffle fabric. User pulled a little too hard and tore the fabric in the process of trying to free it up. We got it loose, patched it up, gave it a bath, and returned it for more adventures! Keep It Clean at TEC!
The plastic zippers on this SUP board bag had broken and become unusable. We replaced the plastic zipper sliders with medal sliders that will last longer.
The best way to keep your sup bag zipper in good shape is to avoid using force on the zipper. The tip and tail corners are common areas that see force damage. If you have to pull hard on the zipper, back up and go easier. Get it in line and ease the zipper past the tough turns. Try not to step on the zippers when loading or unloading. Zip the entire zipper open too. Dont fold the top back when the zipper is not at the ends. Keep out of direct sunlight, especially on hot days. Finally, wash the bag out with a garden hose from time to time to keep sand and debris out of the zipper. Enjoy the paddle!
“Bubbling” on the surface fabric is a typical sign of fabric and membrane delamination.
This is what happens sometimes with really old gear. Body oils and salts from our sweat, break down adhesives over time and can lead to this problem in your outerwear.
Sometimes its simply a byproduct of time. Notice the front pockets of the jacket. One is delaming, one is in perfect shape.
Notice the super old Gore-Tex label! If you see this happening to your jacket or pants in the first year or two of use, contact the manufacturer immediately. The best way to keep this from happening over the long haul is a regular proper wash and fresh application of DWR finish. TEC is glad to help keep your gear in top condition for years of adventure.
A very dirty beat down HMK backcountry moto & sledding backpack. This one gets summer and winter use. Its what you’re supposed to do though…get’m dirty!
Buildup of dirt and grime from sweating and hydration moisture make these essential gear items break down and wear out faster than they should. Zippers and buckles take a beating and break too.
Cleaned with a fresh application of DWR. This backpack is looking much better.
The back panel, straps, buckles, and zippers all work, and wear, much better
now. Bring your gear back to life at TEC!
Damaged area along a Gibbons Surfer Slackline
Removal of the frayed section
New loop added at the end of the full length. 10-12ft of extra line leftover, loop added and old loop reinforced, for an extra tree wrap….or tow strap. Heavy duty stitching and ballistic grade cordura wrap in the loops. Stretch it tight, hop on, and get your core balance training on!