Fact: Bag geekery requires you to upgrade everything that you can, including "little" things like zip pulls.
And I say "little" because although they are small items on our bags, zip pulls are what you interact with most. Suddenly they are no longer a little thing, but an important thing. When they function you don't notice; but when they function really damn well, suddenly you notice.
Here is our method of making any zip pull function really damn well. Paracord zip pull upgrades. Super simple to install and instantly better to use.
Comes in a pack of 6, pre-cut to 250mm lengths.
We have written a whole primer over on our blog on Paracord zip pulls, but here is a little recap as to why you will want to modify your zip pulls:
1. *Jingle Jangle*
Bag pulls jangle a lot, and when you are active in your adventurous lifestyle this can get a tad annoying. You are not a domestic cat, nor are there (usually) any bears around, so remove those “bells”! If you could easily replace the jangling bits, and it didn’t change the functionality of the rest of the zip, wouldn’t you?
2. Smoother pull
Most standard pulls are metal, and because of this only have a limited range of movement before they physically cannot continue in that direction. Say you were to grab a zip without looking and then open a three sided zip. With a standard metal pull, there is a high chance that the body and pull will lock towards the end, causing you to put a lot of force both on the zip body, and the zip teeth. This causes premature wearing of the entire system, usually rendering your bag useless without a full zip replacement. You can tell if this is the case as zip pulls become a touch bent – have a look at your bags… chances are one of them are like this.
3. Gloves on Gentlemen
Sure most zipper pulls have a substantial body to grab hold of, but what if it is -10 and you are wearing super thick gloves. Suddenly a simple opening mechanism becomes the most infuriating thing in the entire universe. If you often wear gloves, chances are you are going to want a beefier pull. You know what, most of the time you are going to want a beefier pull (mind out of the gutter people).