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Zipper for light weight jacket
Nylon or plastic?
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Date: 2/11/14 8:17 PM

I'm making a bomber style jacket out of moleskin which is pretty light weight. I think I'll use a #3 zipper from Wawak. Should I use nylon or plastic. My gut tells me nylon, but I was surprised that the plastic is more expensive than the nylon. The nylon is described as nylon coil and the plastic is described as molded plastic teeth. Any opinions?

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Date: 2/11/14 10:38 PM

with a light weight jacket coil is better. In our fleece jackets at work are all coiled.
So I say coil.

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Date: 2/11/14 10:47 PM

Thanks sake, that was what I was thinking, but the prices made me wonder.

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Date: 2/12/14 0:28 AM

I make a lot of team jackets out of soft shell and I use the nylon coil -- don't like the molded plastic teeth ... I just don't think they're attractive and don't think they wear as well as the nylon coil.

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Date: 2/12/14 9:38 PM

I use the molded plastic for purses and heavy jackets.
-- Edited on 2/12/14 9:39 PM --

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Date: 2/13/14 0:12 AM

Quote: kayco
I'm making a bomber style jacket out of moleskin which is pretty light weight. I think I'll use a #3 zipper from Wawak. Should I use nylon or plastic. My gut tells me nylon, but I was surprised that the plastic is more expensive than the nylon. The nylon is described as nylon coil and the plastic is described as molded plastic teeth. Any opinions?

Coil zips (which are almost always made of polyester, not nylon) are cheaper than zippers with individual teeth. The manufacturing process is easier, and the material is a bit cheaper than the polyacetal used for plastic zips with molded teeth. Coils are more flexible, a plus if you're attaching around a curve. They're a little easier to pull apart (burst open), but that shouldn't matter on a jacket. I'd use the coil on a lightweight jacket, where I didn't care about not having teeth. On a heavier one, I'd probably use a brass toothed zipper.

Whatever you use, consider a two-way zipper -- one with two sliders, so it can be opened from the bottom for ventilation. they don't cost a whole lot more, and are very nice.
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Date: 2/13/14 11:08 AM

I second the 2-way zipper suggestion, especially for jackets longer than waist-length. Not only for ventilation, but it also saves stress on the jacket & zipper when sitting. And no awkward facket bunching up in front or sliding up in back while sitting.

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Date: 2/13/14 11:48 AM

wow wow wow, you guys are full of all kinds of helpful knowledge.
Thanks!!

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Date: 2/13/14 1:44 PM

I second the two-way zipper and also suggest a #5 zipper for a jacket. A #3 is just too lightweight for me.

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