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daveO

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One of my Maxpedition pouches has developed an unfortunate rip in the material that makes up one of the internal pockets. I think the material has come away from the seam at the side and has frayed as it unravels. I need to stop the rip getting any worse and then patch it on both sides I think. Any top tips or bright ideas for a good repair?
 

Toddy

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Stick on repair tape of some kind, get it tucked right under that fabric edge and all the loose threads snagged tidily under it, and maybe stitch the edges of it to sound fabric.

What 'should' be done is a lot of unpicking, patching and re-stitching, but the minute you cut stitches you've to think hard about how to do a really tidy re-stitching and unless you're good at stitching.....
 

Robson Valley

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I would lay a narrow bead of hot glue at the base of the fray. Then with the side of the hot glue gun tip,
I would remelt and spread the glue to entangle more of the loose fiber. Cooled, trim off the remaining fuzzy part.
I repair my oldest and frayed Carhartt winter coat that way. Seems to retain flexibility.
 

daveO

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Stick on repair tape of some kind, get it tucked right under that fabric edge and all the loose threads snagged tidily under it, and maybe stitch the edges of it to sound fabric.

What 'should' be done is a lot of unpicking, patching and re-stitching, but the minute you cut stitches you've to think hard about how to do a really tidy re-stitching and unless you're good at stitching.....
Looking at it closely it wouldn't be that hard to unpick and re-stitch the one side of it. It doesn't have to look especially neat but I'm just not sure if I'll just make the rest of it worse by trying to fix that one bit. It's definitely an option if repair doesn't work out though.
 

Billy-o

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Snip out all that fabric that is fraying and replace with chamois leather from the dollar store - For its ease of working with, the cheaper the better in this instance.
 
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daveO

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I use this pouch every day because it contains my wash kit, compass and head torch. In the last 5 years without any problems, by the way:

Pay less, get quality!
Buy Solognac resistant gear!

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Sorry.
But seriously probably cheaper than any trials to repair yours.
In fairness I should say this pouch is 9 years old now and has been used a lot. Back then they didn't cost much over a tenner but given the price rise now I think I'll definitely consider that one if I have to replace it.
 
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Erbswurst

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Due to the Corona crisis I currently dig out all my old equipment, clean it and look at every detail, test the rain proof jackets and so on. Often I throw it afterwards into the dustbin.

I was told it before, so my financial disaster isn't so big: Mainly the real issued military equipment survived the decades. Nearly all civil equipment fell in pieces just by aging in the wardrobe.

I am not yet through it all. But I already tend to say, that stuff without NATO Stock Number usually isn't worth the investment. If it's as cheap as the Solognac equipment the calculation is a bit different of course. But I also owned pretty expensive civil stuff which fell in pieces after 10 to 20 years.
Only civil high end equipment like my Hilleberg tent looks like new, Ortlieb bags and pure Cordura nylon rucksacks look like new too after decades.

I think that the fabric you show us in the photo was coated. Probably it was a polyurethane coated polyester fabric.

After round about 10 years in the storage or in use the coating falls off.
If this happens in the storage you see it. But if this happens in use you don't realise it. Suddenly you discover that your stuff sack isn't water proof any more. You can blow through a former waterproof fabric.

Now the threads aren't glued together anymore and they fray out.

In a more complicated constructed like your pouch this happens at first with the fabrics that are thinner and often bended and folded. But the others will follow immediatly if the other fabric comes from the same factory.

In my experiance such stuff can not be repaired successfully. The problem will continue in the next corners pretty soon.

I would throw it away instead of investing my time in it.
 
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