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Can my pants be fixed?

So back in the day my old roommate borrowed my 686 smarty pants and somehow created tear in the knee about 1" long. Can these be repaired/patched?

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Yes. Take them to a tailor (or your local cleaners) and ask them to patch them up. They make patches out of Goretex and other waterproof materials (like for tents), so you might have to find one of those online first.

After you get them back, wash the pants in Nikwax, or use another similar water-proofiness restoration product.

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Yes. Take them to a tailor (or your local cleaners) and ask them to patch them up. They make patches out of Goretex and other waterproof materials (like for tents), so you might have to find one of those online first.

After you get them back, wash the pants in Nikwax, or use another similar water-proofiness restoration product.
Thanks bro! I just ordered a gore-tex repair kit and Nikwax waterproofing kit. Both seem like solid investments.
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You can get seam seal (get the one for clothing, not tent) and Tenacious tape which is transparent from REI. It is very strong and you don't have to worry about color matching

I also have the same pants
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How long does the patch last?

I love my smarty pants and I'd have to have a tear like that in it.
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I would sew a patch on, even after using the iron-on adhesive. That way it is sure to stay put until you manage to tear a hole in the patch or bust hard enough to rip the threads and tear away the adhesive (unlikely).
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So back in the day my old roommate borrowed my 686 smarty pants and somehow created tear in the knee about 1" long. Can these be repaired/patched?

Thanks!
Time for new pants, man.
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Time for new pants, man.
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Get the clear adhesive tape and aqua or seam seal. Tape over the hole then apply aqua seal over it. The repair will be stronger than any other part of your pants. You will have a little gel blob, but it's way less noticeable than duct tape. I've done this repair already this season and it's bomber.
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Get the clear adhesive tape and aqua or seam seal. Tape over the hole then apply aqua seal over it. The repair will be stronger than any other part of your pants. You will have a little gel blob, but it's way less noticeable than duct tape. I've done this repair already this season and it's bomber.
I'm a diver and my first instinct was to use aquaseal. I've got an REI 20min from me so I'll stop buy and see what they've got. Thanks!
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