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Time-Tested Gear: Essentials

Apparel, cookware, stoves...swimsuits?
november 2010 essentials arcteryx beta theta 445x260 Main: Arctery'x Beta (Courtesy Photo) Inset: Theta (W.L. Gore & Associates)

Expert Wisdom
1. Stock these. With Seam Grip, Tenacious Tape ($8 and $5, mcnett.com), and a bit of ingenuity, you can fix almost anything.
2. Revitalize your jacket’s DWR (durable water repellent) treatment. Rain gear needs periodic retreating to keep it working properly. Apply Nikwax TX Direct (Spray-On or Wash-In) whenever water stops beading on the surface ($10-14, nikwax.com).
3. Carry an extra hipbelt buckle. It’s the only one you’ll ever really miss.
4. Clean your gear. Dirt, grime, and body oils can diminish the performance and durability of sleeping bags and rainwear. Launder according to manufacturer directions.
5. Save your sole. If it delams, reglue it using Freesole (mcnett.com, $7).

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