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SevenofNine
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03/19/2019 12:08PM
Has anyone successfully repaired a hole in a sleeping pad and then had years of service out of the pad with no trouble from the repair?
The back story is I was staying at my mom's house when she had a health scare. Although I had my Exped Synmat 7 up on a high shelf to protect it the cat managed to leap that distance and put at least one hole (not sure how many it has) in the pad and it has a slow leak now.

I would like to hear back from people that have tried repairing punctures in their pad and their results before I try a repair.
 
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bobbernumber3
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03/19/2019 12:43PM
I have made two repairs and never had a problem with the "patch".

1st repair was a self-inflating Thermarest. Found a small hole and patched with JB Weld. Lasted forever.

2nd repair was on a winter camping trip and had a deflated Exped Downmat at midnight. The mattress came with a repair kit patch and tube of adhesive. The patch I applied in the middle of the night got me thru. I've left it alone since then.
 
jacobf
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03/19/2019 12:45PM
I had a leak in my Therm-a-Rest and rather than try to repair it myself I sent it in for them to do. I think they charged by $10 and it has never leaked since. You might check with Exped to see if they offer a similar service. At the very least they can probably recommend the most appropriate patching method.
 
Cedarboy
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03/20/2019 08:38AM
Yes, we use McNett seam grip. Have repaired and used 3 different Therms over the years with no problems. Still using the pads, repairs done at least 6 years ago.
CB
 
zski
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03/20/2019 09:17AM
this is a good question. i've wondered about this. thanks!
 
bobbernumber3
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03/20/2019 11:18AM
zski: "this is a good question. i've wondered about this. thanks!"

Now you've got me over-thinking the question. What's are you wondering about? What's wrong with making the best repair within your time and cost restraints? And if it doesn't hold, try again.
 
SevenofNine
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03/20/2019 12:01PM
Now you've got me over-thinking the question. What's are you wondering about? What's wrong with making the best repair within your time and cost restraints? And if it doesn't hold, try again."

It comes down to if I repair it and it fails I sleep on the hard ground and the wife gets the usable sleeping pad...
 
03/20/2019 12:08PM
Simple visible holes can be patched as described. I did a field repair on a BA insulated air pad with just Tenacious Tape that held for a few years till a seam went. Seams are a different problem as well as blown baffles, these need factory service or replacement.

butthead
 
zski
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03/21/2019 07:21AM
bobbernumber3: "zski: "this is a good question. i've wondered about this. thanks!"Now you've got me over-thinking the question. What's are you wondering about? What's wrong with making the best repair within your time and cost restraints? And if it doesn't hold, try again."what i meant was that it's good to hear the success folks have had with their repairs.
 
Loser
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03/21/2019 04:53PM
Sealed a pinhole in a thermarest 27 years ago, it has worked perfectly ever since!!! Thermarest Deluxe Long, IIRC.
 
Loser
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03/21/2019 04:55PM
Sorry, because I'm a loser I forgot to mention that I used Seam Grip to effect the repair.
 
SevenofNine
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09/11/2019 07:59AM
I thought i would update this thread. I found three slits that I repaired with two patches and thought I would be golden. However there was still two more slits near the seam of the pad and I tried to repair that area. After I used one patch for that area I tested the pad for air retention. It would not hold air and I decided it was best I buy a new pad. I was pretty bummed as I really liked my Exped pad and I knew REI no longer carried it.

Went to REI to try out pads on a couple of occasions. I just couldn't find a pad that at 2.5" or less would be very comfortable no matter the manufacturer. I'm a side sleeper and never fully inflate a pad. I bought the Nemo Tensor air pad as it at 3" felt better than all pads in the light weight category at the store.

It came with a small schnozzle bag, stuff sack and Velcro strap to keep the pad rolled when storing it in the stuff sack. I was impressed with this Nemo product. The wife used it on a backpack trip we did and did not report any comfort issues.
 
x2jmorris
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09/11/2019 08:39AM
10 dollars isn't a bad to send in and get a good repair
 
mpeebles
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09/11/2019 11:47AM
I have an Exped Synmat that leaked on a trip to Quetico this year. Later I patched three holes but would not hold air. I sent it to Exped and they found seven holes caused by our cat. They repaired it expertly and had it back to me in time for a different trip. I cannot say enough about Exped customer service!

Safe travels......
 
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