If you are like me, than you probably have an excess of gear that has been haphazardly patched together with duct tape in attempt to salvage expensive gear. Slowly, over time, this tape will gum up or need to be replaced as it wears out, effectively ruining the garment. In a industry that is (rightfully so) placing more value on repairing and repurposing gear, some mountain town entrepreneurs are looking for a creative to solve this all so common problem.
One of these people is Kelli Jones, a Jackson Hole resident who was sick of repairing her gear with duct tape. Instead she wanted to fix her expensive gear with actual cloth, and let this repair showcase a small part of her personality as well. The result? Noso Puffy Patches, fabric repair patches for clothes and outdoor gear.
The patches are made from actually fabric instead of tape, so it moves with the garment. To apply you simply clean the area in question with rubbing alcohol, press on the patch, and throw it in the dryer to firmly attach. A special heat-activated adhesive strongly bonds the patch with the gear. It can be used for anything from puffy jackets, sleeping bags to tents.
Noso is running an Indiegogo campaign to get the patch-making process up and running, and we suggest you check it out and think about supporting it if you've got injured gear in your closet.
Taking toxic chemicals out of tent fabrics is just one way the outdoor industry is addressing sustainability. Mountain Hardwear photo. In a 2016 study, Duke University researchers found that most commercially-available recreational tents were covered in chemicals hazardous to human health. What started off years ago as an initiative to make tents safer by coating them in flame-retardant chemicals to prevent fiery accidents, ended up creating sleeping spaces covered in toxic substances.
For anyone who has been following the EWS and pro downhill circuit, you’ve probably seen or heard the buzz around Fox’s brand-new suspension bits. After months of testing on the roughest tracks around the world, FOX released their new line of bike parts today, including a brand-new Float 38 fork, updated Float 36 and Float 40 forks, and two new Float X2 and DHX2 rear shocks. RELATED: Check Out Kurt Sorge in TGR's New MTB Film Accomplice We haven't been able to get out on any of the new parts
With Fox dropping their new 2021 MTB suspension parts earlier this week, it’s no surprise that RockShox was not far behind. However, instead of a bunch of ground-up re-designs, RockShox focused on improving their already awesome product with some simple updates. For the most part, the forks remain the same as last year, but the main item of note is the new Debonair Air Spring, available standard in the new Lyrik, Pike, and Yari forks, as well as a very inexpensive aftermarket upgrade kit