I've used zip ties to secure our extra paddle to the canoe. I've usually got both large zip ties and also BDB's,, they both serve pretty much the same purpose. I just use whatever is at hand.
HowardSprague: "Just curious, for what have you guys used zip ties? Never thought about those."Haven't needed them yet in the BW, but could be used to stiffen/re-enforce a cracked paddle or thwart. Could provide a rigidity more than tape, but maybe best together. Certainly have used to fix things on vehicles. Cheap and almost weightless, so I always have some in my camera bag (better fit than my repair kit).
Just curious, for what have you guys used zip ties? Never thought about those.
I got some of that "as seen on TV" tape , where he cuts the boat in half! Still carry a little regular duct tape wrapped around old gift card. Needle and stronger nylon thread, multitool, that's about it.
Kevlar repair patch for canoe
Not just "repair" but what I call the "oh crap!" kit.
-Always Gorilla or duct tape. I wrap a bunch around a pencil to save space.
-Paracord. Lots of it.
-Tent repair and sleeping pad repair.
-hot glue sticks for shoe soles that become detached, and a host of other uses.
-split rings. They are great emergency zipper pulls.
-zip ties - lots of them and multiple sizes.
-needle and thread. Preferably pre-threaded in the needle.
-Extra pack strap clips whose actual name I can't recall. But they will always break at inopportune times.
-Extra nylon straps. They come in quite handy for many uses, one of which was because I forgot to wear my belt one time and got tired of pulling my pants up.
-super glue. Can be used on items, can close a cut in an emergency, or can glue a broken tooth (though HIGHLY discouraged - I'd only do it if exposed nerves were excruciatingly painful)
-Extra tent poles
on my 2018 trip I had both soles of my 5+ year old jungle boots de-laminate. I did have a tube of vinyl/rubber adhesive, but that did not work. I wish I had a tube of "shoe goop" we did use duct tape.....but used all we had.... those small wraps of duct tape around a credit card are just that......small. Wish i would have had more duct tape.
Safety wire, couple feet of Gorilla tape, a few wire ties, hot-melt ferrule glue.
spare rod tip
hot glue stick
splints for tent poles
spare wing nuts & bolts for the canoe accessories
small tube of 'quick' dry silicone
Savage Voyageur: "A few hot melt glue gun sticks. You can melt them with a hot pan or spoon and repair a hole in a canoe, tarp, or tent. "
I love that idea, haven't heard it before!
Also I always bring a pair of spare glasses after the year I almost lost them to the lake swatting a mosquito on the side of my head.
All of the above and JB Weld.....always goes.
muddyfeet: "Gorilla tape, cord, multitool. And gear-aid tenacious tape- I’ve had silnylon field repairs stay permanent with that stuff. "
+1 on the tenacious tape. It's found a permanent home in my kit now. Works to repair a leaky air mattress as well!
My repair kit is now just the tenacious tape (replaced the Gorilla tape), and a small sewing kit (needle and good quality thread).
I bring other items that could be used for repair, but I don't consider them part of my repair kit as they change from trip to trip like a small multitool (leatherman style ps), some cordage, extra tent pole section or repair sleeve, jet cleaner and o rings for stove, etc. Of course it depends on where I'm going, what I'm doing, and for how long.
Part of sewing kit... dental floss with a needle with an eye to fit.
A few hot melt glue gun sticks. You can melt them with a hot pan or spoon and repair a hole in a canoe, tarp, or tent.
Gorilla tape, cord, multitool. And gear-aid tenacious tape- I’ve had silnylon field repairs stay permanent with that stuff.
Good thinking on the eyeglasses repair kit... 2 of the 3 wear glasses.
Duct Tape and other repair kit stuff
Duct tape, tent pole repair kit, air mattress repair kit,sewing kit, Kevlar patch kit, fish hook extractor, spare canoe seat bolts, nuts, etc, fishing rod repair kit.
I second the gorilla tape suggestion. 3 years ago someone in my group broke a paddle and I was able to repair it. It actually held until the trip was over.
A 5' length of SS safety wire, tent pole repair sleave.
Small basic multi-tool
Small roll of gorilla tape
needles/thread as well as heavier carpet needles and dental floss for tent/fly repair etc.
small tube of shoe goop...tent fly repair, shoe repair
spare nuts/bolts and tools to tighten/replace seat hangers etc.
eyeglass repair kit
Quality duct tape, extra cordage, zip-ties & small sewing kit.
duct tape, zip ties,
What are your "must-have" items that you carry in a repair kit for BWCA trips? We are taking a little longer trip this summer (7-8 days instead of 3 days) and we will be in a more remote area so I want to review our repair kit needs.