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How to repair a tear on the down jacket?

While hiking in Costa Rica past week, wearing my Patagonia down jacket, I got about two inch tear on the jacket near the shoulder by a thorn. The jacket is only a month old. Is there any fix I can do that will preserve the aesthetics?

Thanks a bunch.

Pete

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Here's the guide: Patch a Patagonia Down Jacket with Repair Tape

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Hey Peter, I have a 17 year old down jacket (it's a Marmot, but same construction as Patagonia) and it has a few repairs that are over 10 years old and still holding strong. Aesthetically, I believe the best fix is to buy some Tenacious Tape, which is made by Gear Aid, and cut a patch that has rounded corners and extends past the tear 1/4-1/2 inch past the tear in all directions. It is applied like a sticker (peel the backing off and smooth it on the fabric) and comes in a variety of colors including clear. I like to choose a different color tape that is complimentary to the color of my jacket for repairs, but if you want to preserve the original look of the jacket, then use a matching color or clear tape. To make the repair extra bomber, brush on a thin coat of Seam Grip (silicon nylon repair goo) around the edge of the tape. It's rad that you're interested in repair. This is cheap, easy, works well, and looks remarkably good.

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Another repair tape that I've used is clear "Gorilla" tape and follow the install directions from Nate.

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I vote for clear tenacious tape because I usually like a contiguous aesthetic as well. But after working in Antarctica for a season it was easy to see that folks wore their duct tape and mismatched color tenacious tape like a badge of honor!

Pro tip - cut a circular shape of tape - the abscence of corners means your tape will adhere better and less likely to pull off

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Id recommend a product called fixmytear. It's a repair tape which sticks very well to vinyl, canvas and most other surfaces. I ordered it from their website, www.fixmytear.com. Absolutely life saving tape.

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