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Backpacker Magazine – August 2013

Bugs getting into your tent? And other common questions.

Keep up with your buddies on the trail, backpack on the cheap, keep pesky bugs out of your tent, and stay on track with your weight loss goals without bonking mid-trip.

by: The Backpacker Expert Panel

Sheri & Randy Propster, David Clair (Photo Courtesy of REI and Peter Wayne)
Sheri & Randy Propster, David Clair (Photo Courtesy of REI and Peter Wayne)
Kristin Hostetter and Claudia Pearson (Photo by Ben Fullerton and Peter Wayne)
Kristin Hostetter and Claudia Pearson (Photo by Ben Fullerton and Peter Wayne)


Gear Repair
Kristin Hostetter

BACKPACKER Gear Editor

Problem
Bugs getting into my tent

“The most common cause is simply leaving your tent a bit unzipped—check your doors. If that’s not the issue, look for tears in the walls. For nylon, place a Tear-Aid Type A patch ($10; tear-aid.com) on the inside of the tent wall (A); use SilNet (for siliconized nylon; $7; mcnett.com) or Seam Grip (for polyurethane-coated nylon; $7; mcnett.com) to reinforce the outside (B). For mesh, place a mesh patch from MSR’s Fabric Repair Kit ($20; cascadedesigns.com) on either side of the wall, adhesive to adhesive, then seal the perimeter with Seam Grip for extra security.”




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