How to repair your ski pants
January 1, 2016
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.
First off grab some very sharp scissors and cut off all the fluff. Here is what they should look like after.
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.
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?