Frequently asked questions
Inevitably accidents do happen and SoulPads get wounded in the process. The components used on SoulPad tents have been selected for their durability and ease of maintenance. You might be surprised by the level of repair you can achieve yourself.
Canvas; Always apply any repair work on the outside of your SoulPad tent. Small rips in the canvas can literally be stitched closed using a common needle and thread (use as fine a needle as you can bare, and try to match the cotton colour to the canvas). Larger rips and tears will need to be patched, but again use a needle and thread to do so. Try to use the same canvas colour and type as the original SoulPad. If applying a patch, try to use a diamond shape with the peak of the diamond being upmost. This will enable any rain run-off to disperse more quickly than a patch applied squarely.
When stitching, always try to keep the stitching runs tight and close together. It might pay to go over the same area a few times, just to be sure you have achieved a good seal.
It is a good idea to include a basic sewing kit with your camping equipment. Having access to common needle and thread can make or break a trip away.
Other campers may have to end their trip due to a rip or a tear, but as a canvas tent user, more often than not you will able to repair your SoulPad tent yourself and continue with your trip.
Remember, canvas is very forgiving! Any holes left by your needle will soon be filled with the expanding fibres of the canvas when it becomes wet. Have confidence in your repairs.
Groundsheets; Circular repairs are advisable on groundsheets in order to reduce the likelihood of the patch becoming loose through footfall and contact. In most instances, the groundsheet can be repaired using a patch of the same material and a good, strong contact adhesive. It is more effective to apply a patch on both sides of the groundsheet.