Gear Review: Iron Mend – The Update!

IMG_0662A few weeks back, I did a review on Iron Mend – an iron-on fabric marketed mainly towards scuba divers.  A search of ways to repair cycling shorts led me to someone who recommended this product.

For a few bucks, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try out the product – with the hopes that those few bucks would save me big bucks in the long run.  My review pointed out that it was easy to apply – and I was looking forward to putting the Iron Mend to the test.

My first pair of mended cycling shorts immediately had a loose patch.  I think I had worn the shorts one time – and they went through the wash.  Needless to say, I was a bit dismayed to see the patch coming loose already.

I chalked it up to my inexperience with an iron.  Yes.  I’m a 42-year-old man and I only have a little experience with an iron (chalk that one up to a fantastic wife who allows me to be too lazy to learn how to properly use an iron)!  I figured that, perhaps, I just didn’t press it down long and/or hard enough.

Just last night, I went to go on a road ride.  I pulled out another pair of cycling shorts, and I noticed the patch was already loose.  I reached down – and with very little effort – was able to peel the patch right off.  Not happy!

IMG_0663Maybe it was another case of iron-user error.  I’ll need to see if that fantastic wife of mine will try one or two pairs.  If it holds up, at least I’ll know (AND – it’ll definitely cement my reputation as a no-ironing-kind-of-guy!).

Will post updates as I test out this latest theory.

In the meantime, if you have any other ideas for patching cycling shorts, please let me know!

2 thoughts on “Gear Review: Iron Mend – The Update!

    • Unfortunately, every patch I put on has already come back off. Again, it might be my inferior ironing skills – but I guess it’s thumbs down! Thanks for asking!!

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