Describe a piece of hiking gear or hiking clothing that you damaged, destroyed or wore out this year, including what it was, the circumstances leading to its demise, whether you plan to repair or replace it, and if the latter with what.
Here are a few examples:
Damaged: I tore a hole in the upper arm of my Patagonia R1 Fleece Pullover this spring on a bushwhack. I plan on sewing up the hole eventually, but it hasn’t grown in size since then, so I’m not in a rush to repair it.
Destroyed: The waterproof zipper on my EMS Helix Ascent Hard Shell Jacket fell apart when I was unzipping it and a section of the teeth fell out. I took it back to EMS and they replaced the coat with the 2012 model of the same coat, which is made out of a better shell material than the previous one I owned.
Worn Out: I finally wore a hole in the butt of my full-zip Marmot Precip Rain Pants this year after wearing them for 4 maybe 5 years, and they’ve started to leak when it’s raining. These pants are already patched all over with duct tape and sewn together in places, but my friend Pam told me of a way to repair them with silicone sealer, which I think I’ll try. If that doesn’t work, I’ll probably just buy another pair of full-zip Precip pants to replace them with since they’re not expensive and a good value.
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