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Majicwrench
Took an REI Half-Dome tent out this weekend, and yup the zipper to the "front door" failed. 
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Duct tape to the rescue to keep it sorta shut all night, thank goodness very few squitos but a few no-seeums.  You can see to the right of the zipper pull where it is not closing the zipper.  Fixed a zipper on another tent last year (that failed when we were out) and put up a Sierra Designs Meteor Lite tent in the yard yesterday and one of it's zippers is trying to fail AAAARRRGGGHHHHHH!!! What's the solution?  I avoid backpacks with zippers because of this but hard to find a tent without.....
Keith
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Chucker
Other than getting a good old style Elk Mountain, smaller version you will likely get zippers. Most just have tie straps at the doors.
Chuck
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Wow.   With REI's prices, I would have thought that everything they sold would last and last.  

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Hot Diggity
Have you tried to repair it?  I've fixed everything from heavy GI zippers of rifle cases to tiny little pocket zippers on nylon shirts.  It just takes a little patience to spread the slider open and then crimp it back down when everything is properly aligned.  Worth a try.
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fuel brained
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Majicwrench
@Hot Diggity yes I will repair it. I tried crimping it a bit with a pair of pliers and that ALMOST got it to pull the teeth together, but I will put a new pull on it like I did with my other tent last year.

@fuel brained velcro in the ditty bag is a good idea. I already have some hot glue in my kit, and duct tape as you can see.
Keith
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My kit has needles, thread, duct tape, hot glue, one of my wives old pantyhose as reinforcement and even shoo goo for floor repair.
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Gunhippie
I feel your pain!

Those coil zippers are the worst, but it seems no zipper made today is made to last. I have ski parkas, packs, etc. that are in fine condition EXCEPT the damned zippers have died! If the coil (or teeth) itself doesn't fail, the backing rots and tears. Most gear has the zipper installed so it's very difficult to replace, to boot.

Years ago, I dreamed of making a line of backpacking gear that used no zippers. Laces instead. I'd have called it NFZ for No Freakin' Zippers.

OTOH, I have some of my backpacking gear from the '70s--a Kelty D4 pack and my '76 Snow Lion 60/40 parka, that still have functioning zippers. It can be done, because it once was!
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Majicwrench
I have an old frame pack that uses laces, I should use it more, but kinda big for what I usually do, but I keep it around BECAUSE it has no fricken zippers.

Zippers have got to be the #1 fail on my adventures.
Keith
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hikerduane
I fixed some tears in my expensive Zpacks Duplex netting that Repo made using Tear-Aid, reviews showed it better than Tenacious tape.  VERY sticky stuff!
Duane
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REJ2
one of my wives old pantyhose .


Just how many wives is a pastor allowed these days?
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Tigerfans2
REJ2 wrote:


Just how many wives is a pastor allowed these days?


Ok now, I don't care who you are that right there is funny 🙂

As for zippers just hold on, as you get older it gets easier to just forget about them. 
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hikerduane
REJ2 wrote:


Just how many wives is a pastor allowed these days?

He must keep them in Southern Utah.
Duane
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outlawmws
Most zipper failures (leaving aside the backing cloth rot out) fail because the slide needs to be closed a tiny bit - when they wear/open up - they don't fully engage the zipper, and it just opens back up.  

I have successfully closed some and also flat broken the side in half.  Seems to be about 50-50  YMMV

You CAN replace just the slide, and one of the largest zipper mfgs is YKK. - I bought all YKK when I made my car top tent.

You do need to match the maker for the slide/zipper...

Another factor on older metal teeth zippers is lubrication - the metal gets crusty and doesn't slide well.  paraffin wax (candle wax) or even bar soap can work wonders...

I've recovered original zippers that were > 60 years old...
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1hpycmpr
Zippers, what zippers?  Between my wife’s claustrophobia and our dog Cola, the only time I sleep in a zippered tent is when I’m solo.  Wife has to have her head by the open door and Cola needs to check out every little noise she hears.
I’ve done some of the stuff mentioned above, compress the slider a bit and lubricate with paraffin after cleaning the teeth with soap and water.  I’ve been more successful than not.  I also try not to pitch my tent too taut and put undue stress on the zipper when opening/closing.
Mark
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Gunhippie
For toothed zippers, sure, you can often repair them. Coils? Not so much. The coil get fouled or begins to separate from the backing. I've had several toothed zippers fail completely, too--usually a broken tooth or two.

YKK once made the best plastic (Delrin) zippers on the market. That's what's on my 1976 Snow Lion parka that still works today (the parka sure has shrunk over the years). Today, they're the same crap as most all of them.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
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Majicwrench
I replaced a slider on an old Timberline tent last year, bought a kit that had 2 of most common sliders, had to un-stitch the end of the zipper to put new slider on, looks ugly now (I'm no seamstress) but it works, I will do it on this Half-Dome too if I half to, I'm fond of the tent.
Keith
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Gasman64
The Amish don't like them, either! You won't find Amish with any zippers on their clothes; it's buttons and hook & eye fasteners.

My umbrella tent doesn't have a zipper, either, just hook and loop thingamajigs.

(DISCLAIMER:  Although I've grown up in and still live in an area with Amish, I have never actually personally checked any of them for zippers.😳)
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gwillmot
Wouldn't put pants on without one ...... not Amish!
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MartyJ
I keep a piece of mosquito netting made to drape over a cot in the gear bag.  It runs around 10-15 bucks.  It can be draped over the door if the door zipper fails.  Got it to use in an open Baker tent over the cot but am using an enclosed tent at the moment. 
Marty
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outlawmws
Marty,  I picked up a military cot net and plan to rig a support for it.   

I'm also thinking in really cold weather using the support for a wool blanket, since my wool tent on the cartop tent and tent trailer worked out so well.
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