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How to repair your ski pants

Your ski pants can take quite a beating throughout the course of a ski season. But, with a little bit of maintenance your ski pants can last not just this season but many to come. I try to do most major gear maintenance twice a season – once halfway through and once at the end. I find this cadence works great to keep everything in top shape. Obviously this can change depending on how much and how hard you use shred. It’s a quick process that produces great results to keep you more comfortably and your gear in working order.

Step 1 – Clean

The first step in this process is to clean your pants. I toss mine into the washing machine and follow the instructions on my tech wash of choice. Personally I’ve always found Granger’s Performance Wash Cleaner to work best but other brands like Gear Aid and Nikwax should work as well. Once your pants have gone through the wash cycle I’d recommend you leave them in the washing machine and re-run the rinse cycle to make sure all the detergent residue is gone. Also, no need to dry your pants yet just move on to step 2.

Step 2 – Waterproof

After all the dirt, sweat and grime is gone the next step is to re-waterproof. This is pretty essential here in the Pacific Northwest as keeping water from soaking through the top layers of your jacket ensures the Gore-Tex inner membrane is doing it’s job to keep you warm and dry. I like Gear Aid’s ReviveX Wash-In Waterproofing but most any brand will do. With your pants still in the washing machine run it a third time with the waterproofing wash-in. Once that is done now move them into the dryer.

Step 3 – Repair

If you are skiing hard and your skis are tuned and your edges sharp you are going to inevitably do some damage to your ski pants. More often than not people wear out their pants because of holes ripped in them from ski edges rather than actually wearing out the Gore-Tex or something like that – particularly around the cuff. Here is what mine looked like after the first half of the season.

Scratched up ski pants.

Here is the left and right cuff of my pants. Not too bad but if you let them go all that fluffy stuff will start to pull out and that spells the end of your pants.

First off grab some very sharp scissors and cut off all the fluff. Here is what they should look like after.

Step 1 complete

When you are shaving off the fluff be super careful to not slice more than you should. Its not the worst thing but the less damage u do to your pants the better. The idea is to remove anything that could keep the repair tape from sticking nicely.

Next its time to apply some Tenacious Tape. I love this stuff. Make sure you follow the instructions and round out the edges of the tape. Sharp points make for weak spots that can easily start to peel off.

I love Tenacious Tape

When going over seams with repair tape fold the seam in half and apply the tape. Once its stuck on there lay it out flat and use your fingernail or the edge of a credit card to make sure the tape is worked into the seam for a strong hold. If you don’t do this there will be an air pocket where the seam is and your tape will start to come off after a while.

Once the tape is in place I like to take the tape’s backing and use that to really rub the tape onto the fabric. The slick nature of the backing allows you to really push hard and work the glue into the fabric without worrying about accidently pulling up an edge.

Tada! Your pants are ready to continue going strong for the rest of the season! Nothing like freshly repaired pants to keep you from looking like a junk show. Amirite?

Fixed and ready to roll.

Here is the final product! Take a look at how folding over the seam turned out – you can see the Tenacious Tape contour over the seam edge. Also, the amount of tape you use really depends on the arrangement of the holes. You need to have enough coverage around the hole. With all the small holes I opted to go for one big piece to cover them all and on the other leg with just two holes I went for two small pieces.
You can also see that piece of green tenacious tape from last season holding on strong even through multiple washes.


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