Q. My sleeping bag zippers always break off. This is my second sleeping bag that broke and I don’t have any extra money to keep buying a new one over and over again. PLEASE HELP!!
— Zipperless Zaragoza, Dumfries, Va.
A. Wow, Mr. Zaragoza, that does sound like a problem. But there’s no reason to shout — I can hear you fine.
OK, just because you’re having problems with the zipper on your sleeping bag doesn’t mean you need to throw it out and buy a new one. Same goes for bum zippers on a tent or a rain jacket. Simply try to fix it with a repair kit like the Gear Aid Zipper Repair Kit ($10; mcnett.com). It comes with several replacement zipper pulls and repair tools, plus a short manual on how to fix your zipper. That should do the trick for you.
When you’re on an extended camping/hiking trip, it’s also a good idea for you or someone else in your troop to carry a zipper repair kit like this because a broken tent zipper can turn into a pretty big problem on the trail.
Learn more about zipper repair in this short video from McNett: