• FixnZip:Replacement Zipper Slider

    By John Fenna

    As it is normally a worn out or broken slider that is the cause of zip failure, an easily fitted replacement zip slider can save a lot of pain and hardship.

    The FixnZip Replacement Zip Sliders can be fitted in seconds with no tools or sewing, they work on coil, metal and plastic toothed zips and come in sizes S, M and L to fit zip sizes O-10.

    Available in nickel or black nickel finishes and either singly or in packs of 3 (S,M and L), these replacement sliders may be slightly more bulky than standard sliders, but are a boon if you want to repair zips that fail in the field. You can even swap one off a “permanent repair” on your rucksack onto your newly broken sleeping bag zip for the night – and swap it back when you want to move off in the morning.

    I tried out the black nickel finished medium replacement zipper slider and it worked just as it was meant to on open and closed end zips of various sorts in a couple of different sizes between sizes 5 and 8, and came with a choice of ring or cord and plastic pullers as well as a usage guide and very detailed step-by-step instructions.

    Costing £9.95, these versatile and simple-to-use FixnZip Replacement Zipper Pullers deserve a place in anyone's repair kit/possibles pouch (US Navy Seals all carry them it seems) and will certainly be in mine!

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    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Bishop's Avatar
      Bishop -
      It's a product that's long overdue when you consider zippers have been around a good hundred years now.
    1. sunndog's Avatar
      sunndog -
      Just ordered a three pack. i'll use of em straight away.......cheers john!
    1. mousey's Avatar
      mousey -
      That's awesome. I've been wanting to add another zip slider in my Jerven bag so I can create an opening anywhere along the length, I thought about using an ordinary zip puller and pulling it apart with some pliers and squeezing it back again. But that looks a lot easier!
    1. mylofitz's Avatar
      mylofitz -
      Needed the small for a Rohan zip in gillet. Bit fiddly but it worked a treat for zipping into the outer shell. Had tried YKK for a replacement with no joy. Thanks John
    1. Fallschirmwomble's Avatar
      Fallschirmwomble -
      An impressive piece of engineering - Whitcomb Judson must be smiling in his grave! Credit and respect to the inventors, whoever they are.

      Many years ago during my military service, I prescribed that an army section (or between two) should carry a small equipment repair kit in the field. Simple and light, it'd not take up much weight or space. Being a Private, no-one really took heed.

      I still vehemently argue my case. Translating it to the civvie world, it'd mainly fall into being an essential for expeditions. After reading this review, I've added this zip repair kit list. It could literally be a lifesaver, especially in alpining and colder climate trekking/climbing.

      Thanks for the review, John, I'd have gone on without knowing anything about this brilliant do-dat.
    1. Pepper16's Avatar
      Pepper16 -
      Wow, looks good. Especially when out on the trail. Thanks
    1. Greg's Avatar
      Greg -
      Hello John
      Would these work on an issue softie jacket ?
    1. Dogoak's Avatar
      Dogoak -
      Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
      Hello John
      Would these work on an issue softie jacket ?
      No idea, I haven't used one, but I did fix my softie with a Zlideon a few years ago, still going strong.

      I did a quick review here......