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I just got a US Military ECWS sleeping bag system and i know for sure it saved my life this past weekend in the snow, it wasn't much of a problem out there, but the Gore Tex bivvy cover has a few small holes in it and when it warms up and the rains come i don't want it to leak on me, so is it possible to fix Gore Tex with rubber cement and a tent patch? or should i use a cheap specialized thing? or take it somewhere? ive never owned any Gore Tex before and this is the newest most high tech surplus i own, i- like a genius- use all surplus items cause i've got no cash and used to just use my M-65 field jacket and a really old rubber poncho of the 60's era (not that any of you guys from the 60's are old haha) (for reference i live in northeast Ohio, it rains a pretty good amount here)

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I believe REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) has Gore-Tex repair kits. If not, Para Gear (www.paragear.com) can provide ripstop repair patches that'll help you. Zero porosity ripstop, used to repair holes in high-performance ram air sport parachuting canopies, isn't Gore-Tex,but it'll certainly get you through the season.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Not familiare with your gore-tex eqiipment.I have always used what the old-timers called a bed roll.Oiled canvas with the bag rolled up in it.Left open in good weather and closed during a rain.Weight less than a pound and will always shield you from moisture that rises at night from the ground.Good luck in your repairs Sir.

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Those sleeping systems are awesome. Ive used them in the field for training here aboard camp lejeune. Best thing I can tell you is to replace the gore tex!

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

you can repair it with a Gore tex repair kit as mentioned.

Do NOT use Camp Dry on it or wash it in Hot Water!

How'd that poncho smell? LOL Those things are horrible when they get wet! (Smell that is)

M-65 is a great Coat... Do you have the liner for it? It makes a difference as well.

You might be able to find a woodland camo Goretex Rain Coat and Pants at a surplus store as well. It beats a poncho

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from Ajax Hammerfist wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

sweet, thanks for the answers, i have used an oiled canvas bedroll before sir, i loved that thing! and yeah ive got a liner for my M65, that has saved this life of mine on plenty of backpacking trips in the mountains for sure, i'll keep an eye out for some goretex rain suits but for now i think ill stick with my stinky old poncho now that its been released from sleeping bag duty haha

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I believe REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) has Gore-Tex repair kits. If not, Para Gear (www.paragear.com) can provide ripstop repair patches that'll help you. Zero porosity ripstop, used to repair holes in high-performance ram air sport parachuting canopies, isn't Gore-Tex,but it'll certainly get you through the season.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Not familiare with your gore-tex eqiipment.I have always used what the old-timers called a bed roll.Oiled canvas with the bag rolled up in it.Left open in good weather and closed during a rain.Weight less than a pound and will always shield you from moisture that rises at night from the ground.Good luck in your repairs Sir.

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Those sleeping systems are awesome. Ive used them in the field for training here aboard camp lejeune. Best thing I can tell you is to replace the gore tex!

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

you can repair it with a Gore tex repair kit as mentioned.

Do NOT use Camp Dry on it or wash it in Hot Water!

How'd that poncho smell? LOL Those things are horrible when they get wet! (Smell that is)

M-65 is a great Coat... Do you have the liner for it? It makes a difference as well.

You might be able to find a woodland camo Goretex Rain Coat and Pants at a surplus store as well. It beats a poncho

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from Ajax Hammerfist wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

sweet, thanks for the answers, i have used an oiled canvas bedroll before sir, i loved that thing! and yeah ive got a liner for my M65, that has saved this life of mine on plenty of backpacking trips in the mountains for sure, i'll keep an eye out for some goretex rain suits but for now i think ill stick with my stinky old poncho now that its been released from sleeping bag duty haha

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