A band of Ruffwearians is headed to Damascus, Virginia, for the Appalachian Trail Days. Upon arriving, they’ll send us stories of cut-off toothbrush handles, taped up boots, and dental floss stitch lines. “I’ve always said you can fix 90% of gear with duct tape, zip ties and dental floss,” says Thomas Horsh, our East Coast Rep.
We find this all very interesting. Thru-hikers are like MacGyver with beards (or braids)—able to fix anything with a little dental floss, duct tape and a Swiss Army Knife. But if you are new to backpacking, or new to dog gear, here’s a list of eight quick trail fixes using common things carried by backpackers and thru-hikers.
Zip Ties: Use to repair attachment points, adhere broken buckles, and replace broken snaps.
Dental Floss: Use as thread to mend stitching, or to secure rips or broken attachment points.
Duct Tape: Place over worn or ripped fabric to prevent further damage, wear, and tear. Duct tape can also be used to “resole” a blown-out dog boot by wrapping it around the entire boot, and can be wrapped around irritating seams or edges.
Safety Pins: Another option for fabric tears and rips, or to secure broken attachment points.
Needle and Thread or Fish Hook and Dental Floss: Use to repair rips or tears in gear. A little duct tape over the mend will help prevent re-opening.
Super Glue: Use to seal rips or tears. Super glue will put a stop to unthreading or raveling of fabrics and seams.
Multi-purpose Tool: Use the pliers to crimp broken zippers together
Patches: Use to patch up rips and tears. Be sure to cut into a circular shape so corners don’t catch.
With a few simple steps, the power to repair and lengthen the life of your gear–and your adventure–is yours. Live it up!
Bark at us: What do you use for quick trail-side fixes?