by Brian Zig March 27, 2020 3 min read

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How To Make Outdoor Gear Last Forever?

The sun is shining, birds are chipping and you are two and half miles in on a six mile out and back hike. When all of sudden you hear a something snap, one of the straps of your pack broke, all the weight shifted to the other strap making your pack fall on the trail. 

Have you ever had a piece of outdoor gear that you were relying on unexpectedly break apart on you? A few bad words later, your thoughts begin to scramble on ways to fix it & what you have on you to repair it on site to keep you pushing forward. After all the climax is right around the corner and you probably pride yourself in being self reliant in the outdoors.

Voila! A quick patch job and your back on the trail. Leaving you wonder how do you make the gear you depend on in the outdoors last longer, and inevitably forever.

It all is in the DESiGN!

At Trayvax, we manufactureall of our productsto last at a minimum of 65 years. Why sixty-five years you ask? We believe this is the length of time that is a “lifetime” of a product. If we can strive to make a product that will last over 65 years we are confident that it will last forever.

We pride ourselves in the waywe create products, durable is the word we thrive to correlate with our products and the Trayvax brand.

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Use it, do not abuse it!

The way we handle gear truly defines the life of the products we own. Anyone can buy durable, well built productsdesigned to last forever; taking good care of these products is a completely different task. The way you care for your gear could be seen throughhow you go about setting up your tent, laying out your sleeping bag or taking a peak at your gear closet. 

Do you completely dry out your stuff sack after using it? Or place your hiking boots upside down to air dry?

These quick easy steps will help take care of your gear, allowing it to last a long time.

Storage, ah the gear closet!

Personally, I pride myself in my gear closet. From an ice ax, crampons and harness to the leisure rich hammock all have a place in my adventure driven lifestyle. Most outdoor enthusiasts, depending on where you live, have a summer and winter activity. What are some of your favorites?

Always having a place for each piece of gear will allow organization for your on the go lifestyle. I find separating the gear into seasons, then further into individual activities allows to make sure everything is put away orderly, clean and most importantly in the PNW, dry!

Can it be fixed?

When gear breaks in the outdoors it can be a huge damper on the trip, “hopefully” if things break they happen on a short sunset hike or somewhere you are close to refuge. Being self reliant is a skill that comes over the years. 

Ideally, you will have built a basic repair kit depending on the activity. For example, on a multiple day hike it is wise to have a multi tool knife, spare (repair) straps or rope and a basic first aid kit. These are not things you use on every hike but in times of desperate necessity. 

Need a replacement?

As previously mentioned, Trayvax makes all our products to last a minimum of 65 years. If for some reason a product breaks we would be happy to help you! Pleasecheck out all our warranty information.

If for some reason the circumstance does not require full warranty replacement, we will offer a hefty discount to buy the comparable replacement. We appreciate you, our amazing customer base, that has made all of this possible.

If you have any suggestions, personal experiences or questions on how to make outdoor gear last longer, inevitably forever, please start the discussion below.

Remember to keep these things in mind when purchasing gear for longevity:
-Design
-Use
-Storage
-Warranty

Happy trails!

Cheers,

Brian Zig - Trayvax Content Creator
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