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Old 10-23-2012, 10:32 AM   #1
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Question Modifing Aerostitch Darien Pants for more venting...

I want to add some vents at the knee (or the thigh area). I was thinking getting a seamstress to add some waterproof zippers. I know they are Gore-tex and the thread holes would need to be sealed.... I will dig around for zippers.... Your thoughts please...



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Old 10-23-2012, 02:25 PM   #2
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Send a PM to inmate AnnieGS, she does alterations and has a lot of experience with Areostitch gear.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:42 PM   #3
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I sent her a PM.... I may get it done either way. Now the quest to find the right zipper!
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:44 PM   #4
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I sent her a PM.... I may get it done either way. Now the quest to find the right zipper!

Please report back with your findings, and possible details of what you end up doing!

I have a pair of AD-1's (which are very similar I believe) I would love to add some nice big waterproof-y vents too.

Do the Dariens have the waterproof zipped pocket on the right thigh like the AD-1's? That zipper is pretty cool. Hasn't let in a drop in lots of visciously nasty storms I've suffered through. Whatever that one is, I can give a hearty recommendation as to it's effectiveness for me.
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:57 PM   #5
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Rockywoods.com will have them. Would be an advantage to have a cover flap but one could be constructed over the slit made for the zipper. It's also an advantage to have a perforated fabric internal baffle as well, also could be constructed. But yeah, lots of sewing holes to seal. I still think it would be worth it.

This is my biggest reservation for this brand, so what a great idea. Pix and post following your mod please.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:21 PM   #6
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Nope! they don't have the waterproof zips... we need 2 closed ends... 10-12"

http://www.rockywoods.com/Hardware-Z...ellant-Zippers

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Rockywoods.com will have them. Would be an advantage to have a cover flap but one could be constructed over the slit made for the zipper. It's also an advantage to have a perforated fabric internal baffle as well, also could be constructed. But yeah, lots of sewing holes to seal. I still think it would be worth it.

This is my biggest reservation for this brand, so what a great idea. Pix and post following your mod please.
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:25 PM   #7
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Laugh zippa discussion here....

Discussion here....
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...hread_id=39730

places to buy waterproof zippers....
http://www.pacifictrimming.com/defau...aterproof.html

http://search.sailrite.com/category/...uality-zippers
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I don't think you'll find two closed ends. Zippers are either open or closed end, but are easly converted by sewing an open end, and cutting to fit. If both ends are closed you'll have to source them the exact right length too.

Anyway, sounds like you're the expert, so carry on. I've only done dozens of projects with zippers, not a pro.
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:42 PM   #9
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You will need rear exhaust vents as well if you want to flow some air through.
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I bought a 12 inch closed end and will have the "open" end sewn closed...if that make sense.

I keep the sides open for venting....
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You will need rear exhaust vents as well if you want to flow some air through.


$20+ each.... $50 total with shipping ... ouch!
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:01 AM   #11
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Interesting!

The zippers on my 'Stich Transit jacket are Riri's that look like the ones you ordered (except the teeth aren't orange)...and they work well so far.

I have considered the same thing myself, so I am very curious to see how this turns out!
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:00 AM   #12
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I keep the sides open for venting....
I tried that but the hip pads block the airflow and if I open it up far enough, the pads flap out. How about sewing the equivalent of a Tom the Tailor Zip-r-Strip for each leg made out of mesh? http://tomthetailor.com/zip/ If anyone creates one of these, I'd be interested. The only caveat is that the length of the zippers varies with the length of the leg, making a universal fit impossible.
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I tried that but the hip pads block the airflow...
Hip pads?
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Very interested -- please report back.

It would be sooooo neat to finally be able to fart in Dariens...
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:43 PM   #15
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Hip pads?
http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-tf3-hip-pads.html
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