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Old 01-13-2011, 01:39 PM   #1
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Zipper Connectors on Jackets+Pants Interchangable?

Example: An MX-1 Alpinestars jacket and Teknic Chicane Leather Pants. I have one, but don't the the other.

Question: will one zip to the other?
Another question: Anyone ever made use of zipper connectors?
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:36 PM   #2
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I suspect it depends - my Teknic jacket zips to my Olympia pants no problem.
I didn't check before buying, but I could have taken my jacket to the shop where I bought the pants and tested it first if I was concerned.
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:40 PM   #3
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I suspect it depends - my Teknic jacket zips to my Olympia pants no problem.
I didn't check before buying, but I could have taken my jacket to the shop where I bought the pants and tested it first if I was concerned.
No shop to go to around here, so hence my post.
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Old 01-13-2011, 02:48 PM   #4
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My firstgear mesh-tex pants wont zip to my tourmaster jacket. The zipper directions are opposite of each other.
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:44 PM   #5
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I've never had two different manufacturers' zippers mate.
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:26 PM   #6
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My Tourmaster jacket zips to my Fieldsheer pants. I understand they order from the same manufacturer.

The zippers on the jackets and pants of most brands come with the mating side attached. So you could take that and have it sewn into the other garment.
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:29 PM   #7
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My Joe Rocket jacket did not mesh with my Olympia gear. Since they all come with the other half of the zippers, I got someone to sew the extra have from the pants to extra from the jacket and now I have an adapter zipper.

Took the other halves from JR pants and Olympia jacket and now I can mix and match.
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:54 PM   #8
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My Joe Rocket jacket did not mesh with my Olympia gear. Since they all come with the other half of the zippers, I got someone to sew the extra have from the pants to extra from the jacket and now I have an adapter zipper.

Took the other halves from JR pants and Olympia jacket and now I can mix and match.
That doesn't make a bunched up/too much zipper feeling on your back? I may have to look into that.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:53 PM   #9
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Depends; some manufacturers' own kit won't zip together with different 'models' of jacket and pants. There isn't one standard 'gauge' of zip used and even if it were, there's no guaranteeing it's the same length or starts in the same place.

One workaround I have used is as follows:

Often gear comes with the other half of the zip attached to the part sewn into the jacket/pants. Take this spare part and rather than throwing it away, sew it onto the otherwise incompatible jacket/trousers you want to attach it to. The fabric part of the existing incompatible zip is usually the best mounting point, especially if the garment is leather.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:57 AM   #10
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Marsee and Feildsheer jackets, or at least mine, happened to work with Olympia pants.

One nice thing about Olympia jackets is that in addition to a zipper they have a few loops to connect to your pants belt. It's a simple and subtle addition to the jackets but it's the little things that count.

It really would be nice if they all went to a standard zipper but they probably rather force buyers into buying the second garment even if they only want the one.
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Old 01-14-2011, 01:17 AM   #11
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As was said already, none of my stuff has been compatible, ignorantly even same brand had different size zippers, but each piece came with both pieces of the zipper so I stitched the corresponding pieces where I needed them.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:24 AM   #12
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That doesn't make a bunched up/too much zipper feeling on your back? I may have to look into that.
nah, it's kind of nice to have that extra inch back there actually. Avoids the jacket induced wedgie when you bend over.
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:47 AM   #13
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most zippers are marked, bot as to manufacturer and "size" . . . . . asking might be useful

as another poster said, keep old half-zippers for just this kinda eventuality, or, worst case, go the the zipper store (or fabric store) and buy the needed zipper size, and get to a cobbler . . . . might cost 20 cash dollars American, all told.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:02 AM   #14
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most zippers are marked, bot as to manufacturer and "size" . . . . . asking might be useful

as another poster said, keep old half-zippers for just this kinda eventuality, or, worst case, go the the zipper store (or fabric store) and buy the needed zipper size, and get to a cobbler . . . . might cost 20 cash dollars American, all told.
I've brought them to the cleaners/tailors and he did it for $5 in less than 10 minutes while I waited. It took so long as he had to switch thread out.
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Check this ebay listing out, it solved my problems.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Motorcycle...item3ce52adc9e
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