Feature photo courtesy of Rugged Thread.
Got a rip in your favorite snow jacket? Broken zipper on your go-to pair of ski bibs?
We know all too well that when we're out enjoying the great outdoors, our outerwear can take a beating - and it's not all-together uncommon for things to go awry in the mountains, consequentially wrecking havoc on our gear.
TREW has been a long-time advocate for fixing over nixing since our inception, and we offer our customers a comprehensive warranty program as well as subsidized repair pricing for TREW items. Our outerwear doesn't last forever, no matter how hard we wish it, but regular maintenance and good care practices will make a huge difference in your gear's longevity and performance. And when shit inevitably happens - and you accidentally have a run-in with a tree trunk or a pair of sharp edges - there's really no need to get too stressed out. The world of gear repair is quickly expanding, and fixing your technical outerwear is easier and more affordable than ever before.
In the past, a tear or broken zipper might have led you to just give up on your item and instead purchase a new one. We won't tell you not to - we totally understand wanting the newest colorways and designs :) - but we do highly encourage you to take some time and give your gear some love. The majority of gear issues can be easily repaired, either by a professional or as a DIY project in the comfort of your own home. Which brings us to the main point of this article: where can you get your winter outerwear professionally repaired? When your gear needs a bit more care then you're able to provide, we highly recommend finding a local technical sewer to help you out. The folks and businesses listed below are experienced and well-versed in the world of outdoor gear, and can quickly get your outerwear back up to snuff at reasonable costs to you.
Please note that COVID-19 has likely had an impact on most - if not all - of the below businesses and their repair services and policies may be limited at this time.
The Fixed Line in Girdwood
Skunk Mountain Sewing in Flagstaff
Snow Mountain River in Flagstaff
Technical Equipment Cleaners in Truckee
Santa Cruz Gear Repairs in Santa Cruz
Narain's Outdoor Sewing + Repairs in Berkeley
Joshua Tree Outfitters in Joshua Tree
Mercy Mosher in East Hampton
Bare Boulder Design and Repair in Lafayette
Boulder Mountain Repair in Boulder
San Juan Sewing in Durango
Repair Lair in Minneapolis
The Green Darner** in Bozeman
Mountain Soles and Outdoor Threads in Portland
Rugged Thread** in Bend
Gear Fix in Bend
Outdoor Gear Repair in Eugene
Outdoor Gear Works in Franklin
Lone Pine Gear Exchange in Salt Lake City
Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington
Specialty Outdoors in Spokane
Rainy Pass in Seattle
Lauren Sprout Bennett in Jackson
Mr. Mender** in Sechelt, BC
Outdoor Gear Doctor in Bannff, AB
** These technical repair locations are the very same that we at TREW use for our warranty repairs - and we could not recommend them more!
The Afterlife Project
Even if you do end up swapping in for that new color Cosmic Jacket or the newest Chariot Bib design, your old gear still has a lot of life - and adventure - to give. Don't just throw it out, get it fixed and put it to use! If not with you, then we are sure we can find someone who will give it a good home with The Afterlife Project. More information coming soon on this new circular initiative, launching in March 2021.
Share your input! If you know of another repair shop or sewer who specializes in outdoor gear and outerwear, let us know and we'll add them to the list.