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Backpacker magazine's complete guide to outdoor gear maintenance and repair : step-by-step techniques to maximize performance and save money
Hostetter, Kristin.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Guilford, Conn. : FalconGuides, [2012]

Physical Description:
vi, 199 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Offers instructions on how to fix and maintain common outdoor gear, including how to fix a tear in a sleeping bag, the best way to care for cookware, and the care and maintenance of trekking poles.
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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GV199.62 .H67 2012 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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If you're a hiker or camper, you need this book. Why? Because you love your gear, and you depend on it to make your trips comfortable and safe. In the field, stuff happens, and knowing how to cope can be the difference between a great trip and a miserable one. Plus, your gear should last many years, but only if you know how to keep it working properly.

This book covers all manner of outdoor gear-from boots and packs to tents, jackets and kitchenware. Learn how to fix any conceivable problem yourself (saving you serious money and time), learn how to keep your gear finely-tuned, properly stored, and operating at its best. Step by step instructions and real-world color photos walk you through all the repairs. And because, let's face it, some things are beyond fixing, even for the most skilled DIY-ers, we'll tell you when to seek professional intervention and even what to consider when it's time to shop for new gear.

In researching this book, the author solicited real broken gear from Backpacker readers. She received dozens of items in all manner of disrepair and fixed them herself, documenting the steps...real gear, real problems, real fixes. This book supports the notion of not only being practical, but being environmentally responsible, too--save space in the landfill by fixing your gear rather than replacing it!

Author Notes

Kristin Hostetter has been Backpacker magazine's gear editor since 1994. She has appeared as a gear expert on NBC's Today, CBS's The Early Show, and The Martha Stewart Show, among others. Kristin is also known as the "Gear Pro" on, where she answers questions from readers about all sorts of outdoor skills and gear. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Chapter 1 'Setting Up Shopp. 1
Chapter 2 Fabricsp. 7
Chapter 3 Zippersp. 25
Chapter 4 Backpacksp. 37
Chapter 5 Tentsp. 49
Chapter 6 Bootsp. 73
Chapter 7 Sleeping Bagsp. 89
Chapter 8 Sleeping Padsp. 101
Chapter 9 Cookwarep. 109
Chapter 10 Stovesp. 121
Chapter 11 Hydrationp. 135
Chapter 12 Trekking Polesp. 147
Chapter 13 Lightsp. 157
Chapter 14 Odds and Endsp. 163
Chapter 15 Duct Tape Ingenuityp. 181
Appendix: Resourcesp. 187
Photo Creditsp. 189
Indexp. 191
About the Authorp. 200