Camping Hacks: Upgrade your Zipper Pulls
If you’ve been camping more than once in your life, it’s pretty likely you’ve experienced a windy night in a tent. You know the night I’m talking about. Where the whole thing shakes and rattles and it’s only when you give up on getting any kind of sleep that you are able to finally fall asleep.
We’ve all been there.
One of the things that drives me particularly nuts, is the metal zipper pulls that bounce around and clang against every imaginable surface. It’s bad on a normal ground tent, which usually only has a couple zippers, but on my Tepui Kukenam tent (hopefully coming to the store very soon), there are a mind-numbing 48 zipper pulls. Every one of them was metal until Saturday afternoon, when I grabbed a couple tools, an adult beverage, and set about replacing every one of them with 550 paracord.
Tools and materials:
- Trusty leatherman or similar wire cutters. (Always Carry a Leatherman)
- Good sharp knife. I used my Kershaw RJ II Tonto Spring Assisted Open
- Lighter. I prefer the blowtorch kind.
- Paracord. I used about eight inches of cord per zipper pull. 8 x 48 = 384″ (about 32 feet)
- Adult beverage. Even though this project took me about 2.5 hours, I limited myself to one beer. Sharp knives, fire, melting nylon, and beer should not mix. Be safe!