There’s nothing more frustrating than having a day on the water ruined by a broken zipper on your wetsuit. But before you throw away your old wetsuit, or spend a lot of money getting a wetsuit zipper repair check out our guide for replacing the broken zipper slider on a wetsuit for under $10.
Signs That You Need to Replace the Zipper Slider
Teeth Separate After Zipping: If the teeth separate after zipping up, then the slider is worn out or no longer has enough pressure on the teeth to connect them. The teeth are probably fine, but the slider needs to be replaced.
Zipper Slider is Jammed or Won’t Connect the Teeth: If the slider won’t connect the teeth, the slider is either worn out and not connecting the teeth, or it is no longer aligned properly to connect the teeth. In both cases the slider should be replaced.
Zipper Slider Comes Off Completely: This probably goes without saying, but if the zipper slider comes off either one or both rows of zipper teeth, the zipper slider needs to be replaced.
How to Replace a Zipper Slider
Normally you have to unstitch the zipper track from the wetsuit neoprene and sew a whole new zipper track in. This is difficult to do, and can cost anywhere from $40 to $80 to have professionally done (not including the cost of shipping if the wetsuit has to be sent to a manufacturer).
FixnZip replaces the zipper slider in just second without tools or sewing. FixnZip® is a replacement zipper slider that allows you to repair a broken zipper without tools or sewing. The thumbscrew on the FixnZip® allows you to slide it right over the existing zipper teeth, and then lock it into place. Check out the video below for a demo.
- What Size Do I need? The FixnZip® size LARGE fits zipper sizes 8-10, and works great for wetsuits.
- Will it rust? No, the FixnZip® is made from Zinc and Stainless Steel parts.
- Where Can I Buy One? Currently you can buy it on our Online Store. The FixnZip® is starting to be carried by dive stores across the country, so call your local dive retailer and ask if they carry it.
- Distribution: The FixnZip® is being distributed by the awesome people at Trident Dive. If you’re a retailer and want to carry it in your dive store, give them a call or an email. They have hands down the best customer service in the industry.
Have fun on the water this summer, and remember it’s never a bad idea to carry a spare FixnZip® in your gear bag, just in case. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email us using the Contact page, or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter.