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The FixnZip kit contains everything that you will need to get your broken zipper fixed. The FixnZip kit package has one small, one medium, and one large zipper slider. Three ring pull tabs, two black cord pull tabs and one small clip on pull.
The FixnZip slider looks to be the hero in the FixnZip kit, it is a simple but ingenious four piece apparatus that is suppose to fix your zipper disasters with ease. Let’s give it a try.
Putting the FixnZip to the Test.
I have two items that I need to save right off the bat. The first is my daughters favorite coat. The second is my 15 year old Coleman sleeping bag.
Let’s start with the coat and see what happens. The first thing that the instructions tell you to do is find the zipper size. Well, that is easy enough, the kit has a handy little measuring guide right on the back of the product packaging.
The size of the zipper is 1/8 plus the other side of 1/8 gave equals 1/4 or a medium size zipper. The first step is to loosen the screw on the slider. Then slip the slider over the row of zipper teeth that contains the zipper box or the side that used to have the zipper on it. Move the slider down onto the zipper box, then tighten the screw all the way down. Loosen the screw 1/4 turn, so the slider can move slightly free. And last but not least zip the jacket up.
That was far too easy! And it took me less than five minutes to fix. I have worked with other replacement kits before and by the time that I manipulate the zipper box or pull out a zipper tooth, I have ruined the zipper and end up replacing the item or sewing in a new zipper.
Okay, so the coat made it look easy. Let’s move onto the sleeping bag. This one should prove to be a little more difficult as it is a closed end zipper. Here is where I should mention that the sliders are reusable, it just so happens that the sleeping bag is also a medium size zipper. Back the screw off and the slider came right off of the coat. The steps are the same with a closed end zipper, except slipping it on both sides of the zipper teeth. Then sliding the zipper as far back to the zipper stop as you can. And try to zip.
The FixnZip is making me look like Mr. Fixit. Let’s give the other two size sliders a try. First up the large slide on a Carhartt work coat.
Another simple fix and I am getting so good at doing these, I had this one done in under two minutes. And last but not least, can the small FixnZip slider fix an invisible zipper on a Marmot Jacket?
The final answer is yes, but this one gave me a run for my money. With the invisible or waterproof zipper the FixnZip slider needed to be installed inside out. Which was not a problem, my problem arose when I was trying to start the zipper, the teeth would not catch or start. After trying for about ten minutes, zip, upzip, unscrew, reattach, again and again. I had to visit FixnZip’s website to see if there were any helpful hints. Eureka! There was; if you squeeze the top and bottom of the slider at the same time, it helps the zipper teeth get started. And with that I had one more successful fix.
Final Thought on the FixnZip
The FixnZip zipper repair kit is a brilliant solution to fixing all of your broken zipper needs. I was able to repair four items relative quick and with ease. This is a great kit to have on hand for when you have that zipper disaster. And I wouldn’t stop there, the FixnZip zipper repair kit weighs next to nothing and takes up almost no space, making it an absolute must have for backpackers and campers! For more information or to purchase, visit www.amazon.com/fixnzip.