Warranty & Repairs
Macpac gear is tested in New Zealand’s rugged outdoors and designed to last the distance. We trust our gear completely, so all Macpac products are fully warranted against defects in materials and workmanship.
If a product fails due to a manufacturing fault or material defect, we will repair it free of charge. If it is not practical to repair it, we will replace it at our discretion.
What’s not covered?
Normal wear and tear, the natural breakdown beyond the reasonable life of the materials and components, modifications or alterations, damage caused by improper use, improper maintenance, improper storage, negligence, accident or damage as a result of use of the product for which it was not designed.
Macpac is not liable for direct, indirect, incidental or other types of damages arising out of, or resulting from the use of this product.
To be able to assess your warranty claim we need to see the actual product and it has to be cleaned before you bring it in.
This warranty policy supersedes all previous warranty policies. It does not limit your protection under relevant consumer protection legislation.
If your favourite Macpac item accidentally gets damaged during one of your epics, you can still contact us. We are happy to have a look at it and, if at all possible, we will fix it for a reasonable fee. There’s nothing more we like than to help you get out there again with a piece of kit rather than it ending up in landfill.
- You used to have a lifetime warranty, why has it changed?
- Why don’t you simply give a finite time for your warranty?
- You say you cover manufacturing faults or material defects for as long as the product, materials or components can be expected to last. How long is that exactly?
- Why do you have to see the product in person to be able to assess it?
- Why do you want me to clean my gear before bringing it in for assessment?
- How come my pack still looks stunning but the back guides connecting the shoulder straps to the back have perished? Surely this is covered under warranty?
- I’ve got waterproof zips on my jacket/pack, but water is still coming through. Is this covered under warranty?
- My waterproof/breathable jacket is delaminating. Will you have to see the garment to know this is a warranty?
Q: You used to have a lifetime warranty, why has it changed?
A: Nothing changed except for the wording in order to clarify our warranty. When we used the word ‘lifetime’ it sometimes led to confusion, because to some it implied warranty coverage for as long as you live. However, the term ‘lifetime’ always referred to the practical life of the product as it’s simply impossible to make kit that will last for 70+ years, without at least some bits failing. Trust us, we’ve tried! So to avoid confusion, we’ve taken out the term ‘lifetime’. But we’ll still cover all manufacturing faults or material defects for as long as the product, materials or components can be expected to last. Ultimately nothing has changed in the way we assess and handle warranties.
Q: Why don’t you simply give a finite time for your warranty?
A: We could easily do that and for example say: 3 year warranty, and after that you’re on your own. But we reckon that wouldn’t be fair to a lot of people. What if you only use your pack one week a year, because you simply don’t have the time to head out more often? That would mean that after only 3 weeks of use you run out of warranty coverage. Our goal is to give everybody the best possible warranty coverage.
Q: You say you cover manufacturing faults or material defects for as long as the product, materials or components can be expected to last. How long is that exactly?
A: This depends on the product, material or component in question. Some will last 5 years, others 15 years. It also depends on how the product has been treated during its life; that’s why we always want to inspect the product. Age is only one aspect of the warranty assessment. If a product is not looked after well, it’ll dramatically shorten its life and therefore its warranty.
Q: Why do you have to see the product in person to be able to assess it?
A: Photos are great… to share with mates after a big adventure. But they don’t show us enough detail or give us a ‘feel’ in order to assess the damage.
Q: Why do you want me to clean my gear before bringing it in for assessment?
A: How would like it if you had to handle somebody’s sweaty wardrobe all day long? We value our staff and we don’t expect them to handle dirty, grubby, muddy, grimy, smelly gear. It’s a Health and Safety thing. Besides, our sewing machines don’t deal with dirt very well either. So if you haven’t cleaned your kit, we will send it back for you to clean before we can look at it.
Q: How come my pack still looks stunning but the back guides connecting the shoulder straps to the back have perished? Surely this is covered under warranty?
A: Virtually all materials used in outdoor equipment perish with age, use and environmental conditions. The question for the warranty assessment is if the rate and type of deterioration and the nature of the failure is consistent with what can be expected for the material or component in question. Elastomers, as used in the back guides can be prone to hydrolysis, a process of chemical moisture degradation. Eventually this can cause the elastomer to breakdown to the extent that it no longer performs. The expected lifespan of the elastomers used in older back guides is approximately 8-10 years, though this can be affected by climate to a certain extent. Many products in fact last much longer than this with no deleterious effects. Where we see this degradation in products older than 10 years we don’t consider it a fault because the material has performed in a manner consistent with the known characteristics of the material.
We’re obviously still happy to replace the shoulder straps at a minimal fee, allowing your pack to go for another stint. If the rest of your pack is still in good condition this is a great way to give it a second life.
Q: I’ve got waterproof zips on my jacket/pack, but water is still coming through. Is this covered under warranty?
A: Our PU coated zips aren’t fully waterproof. That’s why we refer to them as ‘water-resistant’ zips. This is not just a matter of semantics, there is actually a difference. Water-resistant zips keep out most of the rain while remaining easy to operate, however if exposed to prolonged rain, moisture will come through.
Q: My waterproof/breathable jacket is delaminating. Will you have to see the garment to know this is a warranty?
A: Yes, absolutely. Delamination of our waterproof/breathable fabrics is only covered under warranty if it’s the result of a material fault. During the assessment we will look at the age of the garment but also at how the jacket has been looked after. Dirt, grime, body oils, hair products, etc. are detrimental to the life of a waterproof membrane. That’s why delamination is often seen in areas such as wrist, neck and hood - areas where the fabric is exposed to bare skin and hair. The best way to look after your jacket is to wash it often, keeping it as clean as possible.
In Field Repairs
The zip slider doesn’t close my zip anymore
One of the most common issues one can run into is a zip slider that doesn’t work properly; when the zip keeps splitting after trying to close it, it’s time to have a look at the zip slider. Often a quick fix will solve the problem for you in no time.
Use a pair of pliers to gently squeeze the opening in the slider together (where the teeth go through) and try if the zip will close correctly now. Be careful not to squeeze too hard as this will prevent the slider from moving all together and can damage the zip. Gently apply the force to both sides evenly. Try a little first and put a bit more on if the teeth still don’t come together.
This should keep the zip going for a bit. If the slider fails again contact your local Macpac store to see if you can get it replaced.
I’ve got a zip with broken teeth
If the teeth of a zip are broken you will have to get the zip replaced. If a zip breaks while you’re out on an adventure check if the slider is still able to close it. If this is the case try and minimise the use of the zip and get it repaired as soon as possible when you’re back home. If multiple teeth are broken preventing the slider from working altogether, you will have to take more drastic measures. Close the zip as far as possible stopping just before the broken teeth. Then use a needle and thread to join the zip together just above where the slider finished. Note the thread should go through as close to the zip teeth as possible to avoid potential damage to the fabric next to the zip. Repeat this every 2-3cm depending on the location of the zip and its use.
The shoulder straps of my pack have ripped off my pack
The adjustable shoulder straps of Macpac’s harness systems are fitted with Polyurethane back-guides to allow the straps to slide over the frame stays. Over time these back-guides will deteriorate and can break under stress. If this happens in the field cable ties are the best option to connect the shoulder straps to the frame, one near the top of the strap and one near the base. Failing that duct tape also works by wrapping it around both the shoulder strap and the frame bar. Upon your return take your pack to your local Macpac store to get the back-guides or the complete shoulder straps replaced.
There’s a small hole in my pack, tent, sleeping bag, jacket, etc.
If there’s a small tear or hole in the fabric try and limit the damage to one panel or section of the product. Ideally don’t make any more holes by stitching a large patch over a relatively small hole, especially not over multiple panels. Duct tape is a better option; it’ll keep you going for a while and we can remove it easily when you bring the gear in for a professional repair.
There’s a large tear in my pack, tent, sleeping bag, jacket, etc.
If the tear in the fabric is quite large try again to limit the damage to one panel or section of the product. See if you can hold the fabric together with duct tape, but if the tear is too big use a needle and thread to stitch it up. Make sure you bring your gear in for a professional repair as soon as you have the chance.
One of the buckles on my pack has broken
If the broken buckle is in a crucial place look if there is one you can take from elsewhere on your pack (or someone else’s for that matter) that might not be so critical (side compression straps for example). If you can’t find another suitable buckle you can try to use cable ties as a temporary solution or, if there’s enough webbing to work with, simply tie a knot.
Product Repairs - New Zealand
Macpac New Zealand
4 Mary Muller Drive
Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone: 0800 622 722 - (64) 3 9649693
Product Repairs - Australia
Remote Equipment Repairs
Factory 40, 22-30 Wallace Ave
Point Cook, Victoria 3030
Phone 038360 7113
Fax: 03 8360 7114
Product Repairs - United Kingdom
Scottish Mountain Gear Limited
Phone: 0131 653 1313 Fax: 0131 665 1919
The Repair Centre Unit 17 Fisherrow Industrial Estate
Newhailes Road Musselburgh EH21 6RU SCOTLAND
Product Repairs - Europe
Ideavelop b.v. Klavermaten 37c 7472 DD Goor
Tel: +31 (0) 547-352727
Fax: +31 (0) 547-352777
Product Repairs - Japan
Goldwin Inc 2-20-6 Shoto Shibuya-Ka
Tokyo 150-8517 Japan
Phone: +81 3-3481-7221
Fax: +81 3-3481-7228