The side pockets of my TNF Borealis have holes in them, they’re completely stretched out and basically useless. The rest of the pack is perfectly fine. No tears, zippers are in perfect condition. Any brilliant ideas on how to fix stretchy mesh pockets? I find it wasteful to throw away an otherwise perfectly good pack.
On a sidenote, I find that these stretchy mesh pockets are generally the least durable part of bags nowadays, so from now on I refuse to buy packs that use this material, especially if it’s used on the sides.
I got those same holes on my Eddie Bauer backpack (same style mesh) and used some tenacious tape on it. A piece on each side, so adhesive together. Still holding after 5 years! Don’t know how to fix stretchy mesh pockets.
Thanks for the tip! I recall reading about the tenacious tape trick somewhere, think I’ll give it a shot. Although I still need to reinforce the pockets because they’re very thin and feel unreliable.
Might have some quality suggestions. Best I could figure is if it’s really completely useless otherwise, cut it off and replace it. You could rip the seams fairly easily it looks like but it would likely take some attention to the current construction and some tutorials online to get them as nice as you’d like them to be.
In a last ditch effort I have just stitched up the holes in my best Dr Frankenstein style and done a spiral of light shock cord around the top hem. Getting a good anchor for the shock cord is essential.
I had a similar hole in a mesh water bottle pocket that I fixed with a needle and thread. You can see the repair if you look closely but it has held well over time.