The Highlights:

&nbps;&nbps;-&nbps;Made in the USA &nbps;&nbps;-&nbps;Very simple to use &nbps;&nbps;-&nbps;Very versatile &nbps;&nbps;-&nbps;$9.99 &nbps;&nbps;-&nbps;www.fixnzip.com

The Lowdown:

This is an easy-to-use zipper repair system that is made right here in the US, Portland, OR to be exact. It can be installed on just about anything that has a zipper, comes in 3 sizes (Small, Medium, and Large), and also comes in 2 colors (graphite or nickel plated).

My Take:

We've all probably been there; a suit case/jacket/tent/wetsuit/cycling jersey has a zipper that stopped working. If you're like me, I want the item to actually tear/fall apart and be useless before the zipper stops working; otherwise you're left with a perfectly functioning jacket garment that can't be zipped.

My favorite lightweight softs-hell had this happen. I went up to Whistler for my birthday a number of years ago for some heli-boarding and in-bounds riding and picked up this great jacket while I was there. It has become my go to light coat and is now useless since I can't zip it up.

This tool couldn't have come at a better time with the shadows getting longer and the days getting shorter. Cooler temperatures are sliding in, and it's time to start finding the warmer clothes. For me, I needed to finally get that jacket fixed, and I was dreading having to track down a seamstress or jacket repair place; I figured they'd charge me a small fortune to get it done. For $9.99, my favorite jacket is now back in the line-up. When you pull the FixnZip out of the package, it's not completely obvious as to how to install it, but it isn't all that complicated either. If you decide to pick one of these things up, their website has some great "How To" videos.

I would guess that it took about 5 minutes from sitting down to my coat to hanging it back up in the closet; yes, just that easy. You simply loosen the screw on the FixnZip, and slide it over one side of the zipper, and then feed in the other, tighten the screw, and you're done. You will need to adjust the screw to accommodate your type of zipper, but other than that, you're good to go. Like any product so simple but useful, I was skeptical at first but after a closer inspection, it's a solid fix. The product delivers on its incredible promises.

Final Thoughts:

This is an easy to use, very versatile zipper repair solution. I will certainly use them again and definitely recommend them. It is "zinc dye-cast" (read: metal), so it won't be another failure point should you end up having to replace/repair later. At the very least, this will get you going down the road a bit longer for only $10; that beats paying full price to replace whatever it is you need fixing.