May 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm #1316713
Does anyone know where I can get someone to add pit zips to a jacket? Looking for a company or someone with good myog skills. Anyone?May 11, 2014 at 4:56 pm #2101440
Diane PinkersBPL Member
@dipinkLocale: Western Washington
Rather far for you, but http://www.rainypass.com probably could do it, they've got lots of technical skill at repairs. The worst problem I can think of is that there might not be enough fabric for a protective flap over top, so you will probably need a waterproof zipper, preferably one that has 2 sliders meeting in the middle. Sometimes called a "bag zipper" as they are sought after for women's purses.May 11, 2014 at 5:06 pm #2101444
I just sent my RAB Event jacket to Zpacks to have that done.May 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm #2101449
Tom, I am very interested in the results if you could make a post or pm me after you get it back I would much appreciate it
ThankMay 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm #2101464
Ito JakuchuBPL Member
Very interested in this as well for future shells.May 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm #2101713
Richard LyonBPL Member
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
Rainy Pass will do it.May 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm #2101724
sell jacket, buy one with pit zips?May 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm #2101805
I'll certainly post my opinions on the pit zips after I try it out for a while.
It's a great jacket , but I find that I sweat a lot wearing it while exerting myself beyond regular trekking, as in climbing, huffing and puffing etc.
I got a great deal on it from Midwest Mountaineering a few years back other wise I wouldn't spend the money.(not too much).
Tom LMay 13, 2014 at 6:33 am #2101913
I have contacted Rainy Pass to see what they can do.
thanksMay 16, 2014 at 9:50 am #2102890
I heard back from Rainy pass and they can do the mods but I didn't realize how expensive it was going to be. I'm going to have to think about this one a little more.May 16, 2014 at 9:52 am #2102891
"I didn't realize how expensive it was going to be"
Sell jacket, buy one with pit zipsMay 16, 2014 at 9:58 am #2102894
Jerry do you have any recommendations? I would be looking for a similar jacket to the Rab Momentum (3L eVent) ~12oz with pitzips.May 16, 2014 at 10:03 am #2102898
Sorry, I'm a pit zip bigot – I haven't found them to be useful – just a fashion or fad. But other people swear by them and who knows, I could change my mind : )May 16, 2014 at 10:08 am #2102899May 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm #2103128
I have not received my jacket back from zpacks yet but the price was $30.
Its a RAB drillium.
Tom LJan 3, 2015 at 6:57 pm #2161302
Reviving an old thread… Do you mind sharing how the pit zip mod worked out from Zpacks?
1) were/are the pit zips made with waterproof zippers?
2) how long did you make them?
Thanks!Jan 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm #2161306
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
I've had a local tailor do four jackets for me. If you supply them with the correct coil zipper (2 pulls, one at each end) and mark EXACTLY where you want them a tailor can do it.
HINT: When you bring the jacket to the tailor have the arm pit seams already unstitched where you want the zipper and it may lower the price a bit.Jan 3, 2015 at 7:36 pm #2161307
The addition of the pit zips has helped bring down the inside temperature in the jacket.Not eliminated the problem but it sure feels a lot better now. Zpacks did an impeccable job.I tried to take some pictures but they really don't show well.
The zippers are 12.5 inches long and I believe they are the waterproof uretek zips.
I had assumed that the Event material was going to be a huge step in getting rain gear to breath better but I found myself sweating as much as ever.Jan 3, 2015 at 7:56 pm #2161309
Thanks Eric & Tom-
Not sure what a local tailor would ask for but if Joe still charges $30, that seems hard to beat… I'll give him a call tomorrow.
PeterJan 3, 2015 at 8:53 pm #2161319
I had zpacks add pit zips to my jacket and I am very pleased with the results. I would contact Joe
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