We had the pleasure of adding a series of sponsor patches to a classic US Ski Team coach jacket before the World Cup races at Squaw Valley this March. The jacket came with a package of sponsor patches that were not attached, but had a diagram card for placement…so we followed instruction and stitched in the patches in the proper location. Fun work for our buddy and long time Tahoe local skier boot fitter Bob Campbell.
Well it’s been a wild season across the West with record storms record power outages and more to come. Here’s a shot from Alpine Bowl Chair looking east at the inversion over Lake Tahoe.
Your outerwear is taking the brunt of these storms. Hardshell jackets have done the work during the mixed precipitation events and heavy duty down and synthetic insulation jackets have been working overtime in blizzard conditions as well.
Chairlift grease gets thrown around too from our favorite uphill chariots!
All in all it’s been a great start to the season, and if the second half is like the first…..get your shovels ready…And #keepitclean at #tectahoe
Recent wetsuit repair completed at Technical Equipment Cleaners. The item arrived with torn neoprene material on the calf of this wetsuit. These types of repairs can be super tricky. Not all wetsuit repairs are doable? It all depends on material and type of damage, and damage to what area of the wetsuit. Usually it is the zipper that fails, back or front. Triathletes rip these things off quick, and they’ll tear at the seams or other locations…hence our repair request here.
We were able to glue this wetsuit cleanly and effectively. Stitching inside the calf/leg, or sleeve area is really difficult and usually takes a specialty machine. Glue worked like a champ for this repair!
A good stretch to test the work! Stitching here can compromise the material and create a “check book” type line of weakened material that rips again the first time stretched. Glad this didnt rip again…or tear! Sometimes it works great…and sometimes they dont. The triathlete’s wetsuit is repaired and ready for the next race!
Its still pretty warm outside these days, but fall is in the air each morning! Down jackets and synthetic puffys are coming out for coffee and dog walking. Switching to a lightweight wind jacket for early runs and rides is in order too! Stay clean and on top of all your outerwear this fall before winter. Its coming out of the closet and into the shop more and more as labor day approaches. Thanks for the goodies, and classics (Marmot Mtn Works Sleeping Bag!)from our customers and Salomon. Hit the trails!
Your ski jacket works fine for snowmobiling in bad weather. However, white ski jackets dont work well with pull starts and clutch belt grease. We has to put some work into this one….”elbow grease” you could say. At least elbow grease results in a solid clean job on a grwat jacket. Clean & Waterproof ready to hit the mountains again!
And a few more…
Zip Fit boot liner tongue pull ripped out of its anchor point. We were able to feed the strap back into place and stitch it back down. Stitching that involves punching through plastic, nylon webbing, and layered dense foam is always interesting, but we were able to make it happen and get the product back to the customer quickly and at minimal cost.
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.