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How do you repair Atlus rain poncho?

lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Greetings all, I have a 4 inch rip in my Atlus rain poncho and am wondering if anyone has suggestions on how to fix it. I am thinking duct tape, but there may be better ideas. Thank you in advance.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Norte (2017-18)
Portugues (2015)
Frances (2014)
More information about the location of the rip might get more useful answers...there are holes and there are holes in fabrics. :)
 

Jeff Crawley

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Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
Greetings all, I have a 4 inch rip in my Atlus rain poncho and am wondering if anyone has suggestions on how to fix it. I am thinking duct tape, but there may be better ideas. Thank you in advance.
Duct tape never looks good no matter what colour you choose. Look out for tent repair tape in your local outfitters. I've use a similar product to THIS not on my Altus but on a similar poncho - still good after several years.

Clean and dry the area on both sides of the material and use a length of the tape on both sides too. Go about an inch past the point where the rip stops.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I checked out several articles on repairing tents that mentioned using this tape


Here's one of the articles

 

lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
thank you all for your suggestions.
 

wjohnk

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugese Coastal (2019)
Yacht Chandlers sell Spinnaker repair tape in several colours. This is waterproof. Follow Jeff Crawley's instructions (above) on how to use it.
 

ranthr

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
In sewingshops they often sell some goretexfabric bits that you can iron on .
 
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Francis SJPDP-SDC (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) , Norte 2018
Pilgrim Office 2018, Hospitalero Acebo 2019
Duct tape never looks good no matter what colour you choose. Look out for tent repair tape in your local outfitters. I've use a similar product to THIS not on my Altus but on a similar poncho - still good after several years.

Clean and dry the area on both sides of the material and use a length of the tape on both sides too. Go about an inch past the point where the rip stops.
Good Advise Jeff. That is how I do it.
 

handzondeck2

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (x2); VdLP (x4); Portuguese (x2); Madrid (x2); S/Salvador, Primitivo, Ingles ('17) Camino 19 tba
More information about the location of the rip might get more useful answers...there are holes and there are holes in fabrics. :)
Duct tape on the inside of the tear. Work a like a treat for emergency repairs
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
I checked out several articles on repairing tents that mentioned using this tape


Here's one of the articles

That's the one I use, didn't know you could get it in the Americas - comes in a hand tube so you can carry it with you - good for reinforcing wear points on backpacks too.
 

lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
After reviewing all the suggestions, I plan to use the tape that Tecile recommended, Gear Aid Tenacious Tape. The rip is in the middle of the poncho, not on a seam, and I think this will be perfect. I also like the fact that it would be easy to carry some and use it on the Camino for emergencies. Thank you all.
 

ranthr

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C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
The care tag in my Altus says no iron - you might end up creating more holes than you'd be happy with !
You do it from the backside with a kitchentowel or som other piece of cotton cloth in between.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Norte (2017-18)
Portugues (2015)
Frances (2014)
In sewingshops they often sell some goretexfabric bits that you can iron on .
If the ripped fabric has DWR coating, even the coolest iron will ruin it. And after I tried to press a seam in treated nylon oxford cloth, once, I decided to ever after stick to finger-pressing. The coating is very delicate when heated.

One could, if the tape ideas don't work, or as a reinforcement to the tape, put a piece of compatible fabric--leftover nylon bit like maybe ripstop or taffeta from a dead poncho--under the rip, tape temporarily, and use it as an underneath patch while closing the hole with baseball stitches...after which seam sealant will be required. And you need steady hands as the stitches need to be reasonably even. If it were me, I'd try the Tenacious Tape or spinnaker tape.

Buen camino
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
I checked out several articles on repairing tents that mentioned using this tape


Here's one of the articles

You are our new Davebugg of Poncho repair!!!! Good work I am proud of you.
 

taigirl

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2019
Greetings all, I have a 4 inch rip in my Atlus rain poncho and am wondering if anyone has suggestions on how to fix it. I am thinking duct tape, but there may be better ideas. Thank you in advance.
I have some tape for repairing tents. The hardware store calls it material or fabric tape. It is a woven tape. This is in Australia. It wasn't very expensive.
 

biarritzdon

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
Let it rain, let it rain down on you.
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
In 2012 I was walking the Gudbrandsdalen pilgrimage route and tore my rain jacket on some barbed wire. The repair was done with stapping tape, which I carry to strap my feet for blisters. My two takes on this are
  • having specialist repair patches is nice, but not essential
  • don't duplicate - for example, if you are taking strapping tape, rethink adding duct tape as well.
ps - the repair is still in place eight years later, and still working quite effectively.

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Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Castile y Leon!
As an aside, on my own Altus the logo over the left breast is upside-down. It was purchased mail order from Peregrinoteca in Sarria and it was too much of a hassle to return it but the fault has nagged at me for the 10 years I have owned the Altus.
With all this talk of Tenacious Tape the penny dropped - if I bought some sage green tape (rip stop, the same as the Altus) I could put a patch over the offending logo and hide it. I still have some clear TT and you can also buy black over here in the UK but sage green not so much.
Then discovered it was cheaper to buy from a shop in Maine so now awaiting delivery.
While searching for outlets that sell the tape I discovered Tenacious Tape Tattoos (which, if nothing else, scores full marks for alliteration) - shaped adhesive patches you can use to personalise your jacket, tent, pack etc.
I thought this one might be appropriate for us

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