Dulling the sounds of zippers:

jim - alaska

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I need some ideas on how to quiet zippers, either on a tent or back packs. I like to run a quiet camp and really don’t like making all kinds of noise getting in and out of the tent. On days when it’s dead calm, it’s amazing how loud a zipper can be.

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metal zippers

metal zippers

have you tried replacing the noisy metal zippers with paracord? it will cut down on the metalic metal on metal sound.
 

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Just wait a while..

Just wait a while..

When you get to be my age, you won't hear the zippers, or anything else for that matter... HTH.. Les
 

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slow and easy...

slow and easy...

Try zipping slow... Much quieter that way... Never tried it but may you could try rubbing them with paraffin wax... Would be kind of a water proof lube...
 

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Thanks for the input.

Thanks for the input.

I like the wax idea. I was thinking about Vaseline, but I believe its oil based and would break down the fabric. I like the zippers, sealing in the heat, so I’m not sure if I want to replace them with cord.

Thank to all for the input.

JIM
 

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Have you ever been close enough to a moose to hear what they sound like when stripping willow branches? Sounds just like a zipper being pulled up or down.I sat about 5 yards away from a cow moose back in 1995 up on the Holitna River just listening to her strip willow branches.
 

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wax...

wax...

the paraffin wax idea is something I have experimented with quite a bit... never on zippers but on lots of other stuff...

Petro based stuff attracts way too much dirt and some of them are scented... (not a good idea)... It also rubs off or away....

I've used the wax to quit my plastic boots... It does not attract dirt, is waterproof and lasts a long time...
 

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Bowstring was works well. It comes in a nice packable tube also.
 

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