In the ongoing battle to seek a natural balance for ski gear manufacturers and retailers who need us to buy new stuff to keep them in business, but equally want us to keep old stuff going as long as possible to help the environment, Ellis Brigham stores in London, Manchester and Glasgow will be hosting the GORE-TEX Gear Tour later this month when you can get your kit repaired free of charge …if repairs are possible and if you book a slot on the day in advance.
“We’re hoping to keep that gear that stirs those ‘I wore this when…’ moments to continue to function as it should. We have a responsibility to make kit last and we are firm believers that your gear should fill your outdoor life with moments to savour and not end up in landfill,” said Ellis Brigham’s boss Mark Brigham.
The event will take place at Ellis Brigham stores in Covent Garden, London (16 October); Manchester (20 October); and Glasgow (22 October).
Scottish Mountain Gear, the GORE-TEX brand’s authorised repair centre, will be on hand for one day at each location to repair a select number of GORE-TEX items. The complimentary repair slots can include:
- Hot tape seal on a clean cut
- Hot tape seal on the neck and hood
- Simple patch and seal
- Zip slider replacement
- Velcro replacement on cuff
- Velcro replacement on main zip flap
Members of the GORE-TEX brand team will provide advice on additional repair needs and guidance on ongoing maintenance, with support from Grangers – a company that has specialised in adding protection and prolonging the life of outdoor wear for 85 years now.
Free Grangers product care samples and GORE-TEX temporary repair patches will be up for grabs, all of which will help to ensure longevity and performance. Grangers will also be offering a free wash and care service for GORE-TEX products, with 25 bookable slots available for each location. Items will be sent away and returned to store for pick up at the same store location.