How to repair a down or nylon “Sam jacket”?

Do you have feathers coming out of your down jacket? Do you need to repair a hole in your puffy jacket? There is an easy way to fix holes, tears and rips in your down or nylon sam jacket and ski pants. You can easily repair waterproof garments, from GORE-TEX rainwear and The North Face(r), parkas, without changing their style or appearance. You will only need some nylon repair tape in clear or black or gear patches.


Clean down and clean your nylon gear before you make a patch repair. Our Revivex formulas will ensure that hardworking ski sam pants, rainwear, and jackets stay clean and protected from the elements. Learn how to wash GORE TEX fabrics and how to clean down sam jackets.


To remove dirt and oils, clean the area with isopropyl Alcohol. Remove any feathers or threads that are loose.

The backing of a Tenacious Tape Mini Patch/Gear Patch can be removed and applied over any rips, tears, or holes. The patch should be 0.5 inches (12 mm) larger than the tear in all directions.

From the center, apply pressure. Smoothen any bubbles and ensure that the edges are flat.

Before you wash the gear after repairing it, allow at least 24 hours for the Tenacious Tape to fully adhere before you wash it.

PRO TIP: Match the fabric with clear, yellow, red, or black Tenacious Tape to make your repair almost invisible When patching a hardshell jacket sam jacket, place the patch on its inside.

After applying outerwear, heat can be used to give extra strength to high-wear areas such as cuffs or knees. For repairs on waterproof-breathable fabric that get more moisture and scrapes, use Tenacious Tape GORE-TEX Fabric Patches with heat.

  • To be cleaned and dried.
  • Apply GORE-TEX Fabric Patch backing to the area that is damaged.

To remove air bubbles, apply sam jacket pressure towards the center

The iron should be set to medium heat or permanent press heat. To heat evenly, use moderate pressure and a circular motion for VINYL PANTS about 30 seconds.

Optional: To strengthen the repair area, you can use a hair dryer instead of ironing.