About Specialty Outdoors

At Specialty Outdoors, I respect your relationship with your technical clothing and gear.

I alter for size, modify for function, rehabilitate old gear, and add features. I understand tube ports, daisy chains, relief zippers, and pit zips. Hikers, backpackers, skiers, cyclists, climbers, mountaineers, boaters, motorcyclists, hunters, speed skaters, and ski patrollers – I’ve helped them all.


More information here: Mail Order Repairs and Alterations

  • Factory authorized by The North Face™, Helly Hansen™, and TREW Gear™ (for warranty issues, please contact these manufacturers directly)
  • Fitting: length alterations for pant legs and sleeves
  • Zippers: all kinds including waterproof and welded
  • General repairs: patching, fixing, Velcro
  • Modifications: pit zips, pockets, features

Please read the FAQs and Policies before you contact me about your project. Thanks!

I take pride in my work. You can trust that I will do the job right. For example, when replacing a zipper, I don’t cut the teeth off the old one and sew a new one over the leftover tape; I open the seam, remove the old zipper, and then replace it with a new one, properly. When patching a shell jacket, I won’t sew through all the layers of the coat and call it good; instead, I open the coat, patch the outer layer, seal the repair, and close the coat at the seam using appropriate threads and bar tacks. I’ll match your fabric whenever possible.

My modifications look like an integral part of the item, not an afterthought. Some repairs and modifications are labor-intensive, but the result is worthwhile. Read my customer comments.

Who am I?IMG_1008
I am an active outdoors person. I began sewing outdoor gear while working for Pat Smith and MountainSmith in the early 1980s. In the quest to outfit my family before there was cool gear for kids, I amassed a broad base of knowledge of materials and techniques and acquired most of an apparel design degree.

I opened Specialty Outdoors in 1997, built a website, started sharing knowledge online with do-it-yourselfers, and have never looked back. My sports include alpine and telemark skiing, mountain and road biking, hiking, camping, and whitewater rafting.