A fleeting thought about zipper pulls -- the kind that are either natively part of your bag, purse, dopp kit, etc., or those that you add on to an accessory because the native one sucks.

The more I enjoy bag construction and the meticulous materials, fabrics, and fastening devices used to build them, the more I scrutinize zippers. Mainly, I've come to to the conclusion that any zipper that rattles isn't fit for use, all security measures aside (way better to fasten locks against metal zippers than other materials). Trust me, once you've eschewed metal-on-metal clanking, there's no going back.

Goruck bags were the first experience I had in quiet zipper pulls back when I got my GR1 in 2012 (which, by the way, holds up perfectly to this day, nearly a decade later). They use YKK zippers with pulls constructed from parachute 550 cord and heated wax tubing that. They're amazing, and hold for a quite a while. I've only had to update one of them because the burned knot unraveled.

I've rarely seen completely silent zippers deployed anywhere else on the gear market, but you can turn any rickety loud zipper into a silent one, and use any kind of zipper pull you want, with a simple tool -- this (or others like it) will allow you to clip the metal/loud plastic zipper pull for removal. Just loop any other zipper pull to the main fastener of the zip itself, and you've engineered a better zipper.

A few recommendations of zipper pulls that work exceptionally well:

[Alas, Goruck no longer sells their paracord + wax tube kit for making your own Goruck zippers, so you'll have to scrounge those materials together in your own way.]


Speaking of zippers... just happened to come across this piece on the dedication to quality from the Japanese zipper manufacturer, YKK. YKK zippers are simply the best, and you’ll know it right away when you pull them.

Of note, “...what makes YKK zippers so good:”

- Square-tooth technology that ensures smooth, reliable zipping

- Self-locking design that keeps the zipper from unzipping itself

- Self-lubrication that keeps the zipper working well


Because I seemingly write about zippers now, thought I'd share a re-threading of two YKK interior pocket zipper pulls inside my Evergoods Civic Access Pouch 2L (which, by the way, is a phenomenal organizer).

There was nothing wrong with the original pulls, but they were metal, and you know me. I clipped them and replaced them with DSPTCH's zipper pulls, which were the perfect size. They don't really hang over the edge and cause any issues with the main closure zipper, they're black and mesh nicely with the interior vibes, and they're now noiseless. 👏.

DSPTCH Zipper Pulls with Evergoods Civic Access PouchDSPTCH Zipper Pulls with Evergoods Civic Access Pouch