There must be a broken tent zipper epidemic going on, because the majority of the phone calls I’ve received this week are from people who need to repair a broken zipper on a tent. Actually, it probably has more to do with the fact that spring is here and people are digging their camping gear out of the garage and finding broken zippers. If you’re having the same problem, just take a deep breath. You’re not alone and there is help.
When it comes to broken tent zippers, it’s usually one of two things: The zipper slider came off or the teeth aren’t connecting anymore. Either way, you can’t close your tent and that’s a problem. In both of the scenarios, the zipper slider (the thing that goes up and down the track, connecting the teeth) is worn out and needs to be replaced. This might come as a surprise, if you recently bought the tent or spent a lot of money on it. Put simply: most zippers are cheap pieces of junk (yes, even the ones on your expensive camping gear). What’s worse is that a lot of manufactures do not warranty zippers. You can try calling the retailer or manufacturer, but most people are told to go buy a new tent. You could always take your tent to an alterations shop or a seamstress. The process usually involves un-stitching the broken zipper and sewing in a new one. This can easily cost over $100, which search the internet for a cheaper solution and end up finding us.
We manufacture a replacement zipper slider called the FixnZip®. It’s easy to use, and requires no tools or sewing to install. It’s made of zinc and is nickel plated, so it is strong and built to last. It’s also entirely manufactured/produced/ assembled in the USA. It’s perfect for tent zipper repair, and can also be used on other outdoor gear. We sell it for $9.99 on our online store, and we also have a “Buy 3 get 1 Free + Free Domestic S&H” promo going.
Of course we think it’s a great solution… we sell it. But don’t just take our word for it. See what other industry pros have said about it:
- Kayaking blogger at We Stroke recently tried the FixnZip® when the zipper failed on his Coleman tent. Check out his review: “FixnZip to the Rescue“
- Exploring Elements included FixnZip® in its 2013 “Top 10 Survival Products” at the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show.
Watch the Video below to see how to repair a broken tent zipper using FixnZip® (Note: It’s easier to put the FixnZip® on before you set up the tent.)
Below is a list of frequently asked questions I get about ordering a FixnZip® for a tent.
What Size do I need?
Most likely a Medium. The majority of camping tents use zippers that fall within our Medium size range. The Medium alone fits zipper sizes 5, 6, 7, 8 and will work on nylon, plastic, and metal teeth or coils. Unless it’s a large canvas tent used for outdoor events, there’s a good chance the Medium will work for your tent.
Can I measure my zipper, just to be sure I get the right one?
Absolutely. Click here to use the measuring guide on our website.
Do I need Nickel or Graphite?
It’s a matter of color preference. The Nickel is brighter and the Graphite is darker. Other than that, they are exactly the same.
What if it doesn’t work?
Send it back and we’ll issue you a full refund.
Miscellaneous tips for installing on a tent:
- Try installing the FixnZip™ before you put the tent together. It’s much easier to put on when there’s no tension.
- On a tent zipper, the coils will be visible from either the inside or the outside of the tent. Make sure that the thumbscrew on the FixnZip® is on the same side that the coils are visible (see picture below).
The great thing is that FixnZip® can be used on a tent, sleeping bag, or backpack etc. So don’t wait until you’re out camping and the zipper breaks before you buy one. Keep a spare in your first aid kit just to be prepared. If you have any questions, feel free to call/email, or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter. Now get out there and hit the trail!