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This is probably a pathetic question but...

Washing my ski trousers at the weekend, I noticed that I have managed to tear them on the lower leg. I probably caught them on the clips of my boots. They are 3 layer Gortex XCR fabric (Salomon).

I am wondering if the tear is likely to get bigger/fray or will it stay as it is? (it's quite small at the moment)

Should I just leave it be/sew it/patch it?

They were new last season, I really like them & don't want to have to replace them. Any advice or suggestions?
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TC, contact Salomon's customer suipport and ask them for their advice. They may be able to supply or recommend a repair (or even do it at a price).
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Doh! Never thought of that. I'll give them a go.
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TC, just put a bit of duct tape on it and look like a real freereider!
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You could also use Duck tape, but then, this conversation has been had before.
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get a bit of bondaweb on the back of it to keep it together and stop it fraying
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Apparently spinaker tape, or similar, (for use on sails) willd do the job.
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TC, not a pathetic question at all - more likely one many of us are very glad you asked coz we have all been there. If using sticky tape, I wonder if 2 pieces - one in inside and one on outside - would be better.
Lots of suggestions so far, but has anyone had actual experience of repairing a tear?
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Yes I have, get hold of the seam sealent tape used in the manufacture of breathable clothing, it will work perfectly, however if the damage is right at the bottom of the leg it might be worth getting some extra material like a balistic nylon and stitching this over the area of the ski trouser that covers the ski boot, this area does not need to breath as you have ski boots under it but it will help prevent damage in the future.
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Jonpim wrote:

Lots of suggestions so far, but has anyone had actual experience of repairing a tear?


Yes, I tore the lower leg of my ski trousers with a crampon point I recently took the trousers to my local seamstress who unstitched the inner lining and sewed a patch on the inside then darned the tear with her special sewing machine. Cost was about a fiver I recall.

I'd tried duct tape but it didn't work. The second the material gets wet by wicking underneath the tape the duct tape comes off.
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davidof, had the same thing done, had her put crampon patches of 1000-denier Cordura on the entire bottom inside leg to avert future 'incidents', and had her shift the zipper to the back.

I've found knee-area patches to be the hardest to accomplish; the stick-on, iron-on patches just fall off by fraying at the edges, and the boat adhesive i resorted to (active ingredient MEK) flaked off in cold. Box stitching did it.

On a related, slight tangent, I have found the aftermarket clip-on bracers just slip right off most Gore-Tex, so i had the lady put on Cordura patches at the belt line, too.
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What a technical lot you are. I did just the same thing to some brand new ski pants and claimed on my insurance - got the price of a brand new pair, even tho' I'd bought mine in a sale. I'm still debating whether to chop them up and brave the slopes in ski-shorts. Could this be the start of a new trend?
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Not a
bad idea.
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Aaaaaargh! Just imagining those things in XL.
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scream, please check your Visualisation Conversion File (METRIC.vcf). It should have automatically yielded size 6. Reinstall as needed. Wink
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So THAT's why Atkins didn't work
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you should see the tear in my ski pants thats a tear TC, but the advise above which there are many and took sometime to read is very good, so i will go away and try to get them repaired. Thank you all. Saves me asking the question
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Just stitch the thing.

Or put a patch over it.
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I've used Lancashire sports repair when I ripped the seat of my salopettes on a dry slope a few years back.

I found thier service and quality excellent

I think they charged around £30 and turned the order around in less than a week, including delivery. They are Gortex approved, and will retape seems etc. as well as patching rips.
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I've had this problem loads, used to be due to my ski edges. A bit kamikaze in my younger days.

Sew them up and duct tape. Sooner or later the tape comes off but it's dirt cheap so just replace it and it keeps the snow out in the meantime. The sewing prevents the rip from getting bigger.
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And the duct tape makes you look like a bona fide ski-bum.
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