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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Editors' Choice Snow Award 2013: Sugru Repair Kit

A quick-fix for practically any gear in need of repair.

by: The Backpacker Editors

Sugru (Photo by Andrew Bydlon)
Sugru (Photo by Andrew Bydlon)

Repair Kit Must-Have

Make it the 11 essentials. On a week-long trip to City of Rocks, Idaho, one tester used the Sugru self-setting rubber for five different gear fixes, including a melted knife handle, a hole in his boot, a cracked tent pole, and a stove knob. Out of the package, the silicone rubber with added polymers resembles Play-Doh. You have about 30 minutes before it starts to harden; just roll it into a ball, then mold it. We’ve used it to customize pole grips, pad hot spots in boots, insulate pot handles, and plenty more. It bonds to steel, ceramic, glass, wood, plastic, and aluminum, and gets hockey-puck hard in 24 hours. Waterproof (but not food-safe), it comes in virtually weightless, stick-of-gum-size packets and a variety of colors. $10/3-pack, $18/8-pack; .2 oz. per packet; sugru.com

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