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From the Back Cover

If you’re a hiker or camper, you need this book. Why? Because you love your gear and 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 keep your gear finely tuned, properly stored, and operating at its best, and how to fix problems yourself—saving you serious money and time. Step-by-step instructions and real-world color photos walk you through all the repairs. And let’s face it, some things are beyond fixing, even for the most skilled DIY-ers, so this book includes lots of advice on what features to look for when shopping for new gear.

About the Author

Kristin Hostetter has been Backpacker magazine's gear editor for over 15 years, during which time  she has put thousands of camping and hiking products through Backpacker's rigorous gear testing program. Kristin has appeared as a gear expert on NBC’s Today, CBS’s The Early Show, and The Martha Stewart Show, among others. 

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Product Details

  • Series: Backpacker Magazine Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon Guides; First Edition edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762778318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762778317
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kristin has been BACKPACKER magazine's gear editor since 1994. She has put thousands of camping and hiking products through BACKPACKER's rigorous gear testing program. Her travels have taken her all over the world--from Alaska to Iceland, from Wales to Wyoming-- in search of the best testing conditions, which often means the worst weather! 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 the author of four books: BACKPACKER's Complete Guide to Outdoor Gear Maintenance and Repair, Don't Forget the Duct Tape, Adventure Journal, and Tent and Car Camper's Handbook. Kristin is also known as the "Gear Pro" on backpacker.com, where she answers questions from readers about all sorts of outdoor skills and gear. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons, all of whom love to join Kristin on her adventures whenever possible.

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Plus it's well written, sanely indexed, and easy to read.
JimRMaine
The Complete Guide to Outdoor Gear Maintenance and Repair is much more than a how-to for fixing broken gear.
RecAcoustic
So, I highly recommend this book for anyone who has money invested in gear and uses it.
gear wonk

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gear wonk on August 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Kristin Hostetter has successfully written a book on how to fix your own gear. Heck, she even fixed my gear in this book. My trekking poles were shot after a fall in the catskills, or so I thought. I was about to trash them and spend another 200 bucks, when I saw that Kristin was looking for gear to fix for her book. I got in contact with her and before I knew it, my poles were returned almost as good as new. This isn't just a hypothetical "how to fix field problems", she actually did it. And using simple tools that everyone has.

So, I highly recommend this book for anyone who has money invested in gear and uses it. You will definitely bang your gear up sooner or later and need to do some minor repairs. Kristen gives you step-by-step, easy to follow directions. If you would rather fix your broken gear than blow more money on the same thing, you need this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Freedman on August 8, 2012
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This author has game - heck she trained the Editor in Chief in gear. She knows the people who made it, designed it, sell it - and then she takes all this gear out and tests it and knows all the others testing it. The big so what to us is that she is the book and shared it. A zillion hours spent saving, fixing and caring for gear leaves us with this fine work. Must have if you don't want to have to buy new stuff every year. Keep it working well, stay safe and save our planet and your wallet.
Peace,
Swami Nick
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Nancarrow on August 15, 2012
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Well written and informative - not just a rehash of old ideas like other books on the topic. The tips and techniques presented are truly useful and eliminate the need to gather information from multiple sources. Ample illustrations throughout the entire book help to convey important points and enliven the presentation. Highly recommend!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KatieMcC on August 7, 2012
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This is a must-have for anyone who loves backpacking or is interested in getting started. Everything you need to know is here and Ms. Hostetter writes in a way that makes the most tedious of tasks sound interesting and fun. Thumbs up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By photohiker on August 14, 2012
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This book has a lot of good information for hikers with damaged gear. Most fixes are easy to follow and are described well. Instead of buying new gear contribute to a cleaner earth by fixing your old reliable stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RecAcoustic on December 13, 2012
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The Complete Guide to Outdoor Gear Maintenance and Repair is much more than a how-to for fixing broken gear. It's a thorough reminder of the real-world scenarios you may face when a gear breakage might occur - and the unpleasant consequences of not being prepared.

The good news is that with a tiny bit of planning, and a modest expenditure on repair products, the author shows you how to take care of the majority of equipment problems you will likely ever face out in the wild.

This is not only the best 'how-to' repair book for outdoor gear, it's probably the best 'how-to' book I've ever read on any subject.

Indispensable and truly worth its weight in gold.

It really is that good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John051 on January 16, 2013
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Excellent material by someone who knows what she is talking about. Presented so that it is easily understandable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S.R. on August 16, 2012
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Every time Backpacker Magazine's Gear Guide comes out, I know I can trust the information and reviews on various products. This book is one you gotta have in your collection for that same reason: Trust. I trust Kristin and her team because of the many years spent in the field testing and repairing gear. After reading this book, I took her recommendations and put together a simple repair kit to have on-hand during my trips. The book is easy to read and even average Joes like myself can follow the simple instructions. Heck, I even picked up a copy for my dad and brother. Simply put, if you spend any time camping, hiking, or just being outside, this book will have relevant information that will save you headaches and money. Job well done Backpacker!
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