Zipper Pulls That Destroy Fabric

3:12 p.m. on February 8, 2012 (EST)
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Perhaps this has been mentioned but it does bear repeating:

The plastic/rubber/silicone zipper pulls that have a rough, grippy surface like stubble or stickle bricks are bad for fabrics. I have found that they tear up the surface of softshell and the inside laminated mesh of goretex proshell easily. It gets really bad under the hip-belt of a pack.

They were introduced about 5 years ago and are being phased out, I think; most companies are using a smoother version now but not all. Replace them with things like cord, shoe lace or reflective ribbon tape etc.

8:56 p.m. on February 8, 2012 (EST)
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Thanks for the heads up!

I don't have any but I am buying some new gear a little at a time so that's good to know.

Mike G.

8:05 a.m. on February 9, 2012 (EST)
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Interesting, I'm going to check my stuff out of curiosity now...

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