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  1. #1
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    Default UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    The zipper on my Ultrabreeze halfsuit seperates . I had the suit on and closed up tight. When it was time to take it off, I noticed that the right side of the zipper hood had come open. The fob(?) was under my chin, like it was supposed to be. But the zipper was open.

    I got the suit off and tossed it in the truck and went home.

    This morning I unzipped the hood and removed it and then tried to put it back on. Every time I got the zipper started I would get maybe 3 or 4 inches and the zipper would come apart behind the fob, or whatever you call the part that you pull.;

    I'd hate to have to buy a new suit if this is fixable. The suit is about two years old. It gets used probably an average of maybe 30 hours a week. Any suggestions?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    find a seamstress that does alterations. they can put a new zipper in. our local seamstress did one 4 me for $20.00 If you cannot find one ask at Jo-Ann fabric. they usually know of one.

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    They will fix it.

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    To get a rugged zipper, you could look at www.Sailrite.com
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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    I just installed new zippers at my legs. one of them failed and I wanted longer zippers anyways. Unless there is a good reason to replace with nylon zippers,I prefer the brass zippers. Sure, they are more expensive, but what is $5 vs $3? I'd rather have the heavier zippers anyways.

    BeeCurious is right about where to find good zippers. sailright has quite a selection. You can also get some off of ebay, but if you don't know what you're looking for the quality can be questionable.

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    I hated the metal zipper in my ultrabreeze. It was also hard to get closed under my chin. I had to fiddle with it all the time. I never wear it now.People say how much they like them. I melted it with my smoker the first day I wore it. It is cumbersome and snags on anything you touch. I keep it around in case we have to so a cut out or something, like the cedar tree we got our last colony out of. They were gentle however. Even with the chain saw running.
    The only thing I liked about my Ultrabreeze was the hood/veil was a generous size. More room between your face and the netting. I don't have a bucket head or anything, but I do have a lot of hair.
    Mark, get a good quality zipper that is smooth to use.
    You would think they would fix it for you though, with the price of those suits.

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    Ultra breeze said they would sell me a zipper or a new hood. They think it's probably the hood part of the zipper that is worn.

    I've been wearing my Dadant jacket. Not much head room and the collar is tight. Maybe should have gotten a 3X Dadant. I have another jacket that I like, but it has some teeth missing on one part of the zipper which makes taking it off a pain because then the rest of the zipper comes apart. And I can't figure out who sells that suit anymore.

    Thanks. Probably going to order a zipper and find a seamstress, maybe at the dry cleaners. Hadn't thought of that.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    I spray my Ultra-breeze suit & golden bee jacket zippers with silicone to keep them lubricated which helps a lot.

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    My problem was when you tried to get the hood connected under the chin, the zipper head wouldn't accept the long end part.
    Heavy Plastic zippers are a lot smoother, in my opinion.

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    I had the same problem Lauri, until after using the zipper quite a few times. My problem was only w/ the right side zipper end. I mentioned this to the person at the Ultrabreeze Display at the ABF meeting in PA.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    Yeah, there's a minor issue with the zipper closing (not related to sqkcrk's issue). The left-hand part of the zipper is sometimes very hard to get fully closed as Lauri indicated. I've found that if the left side is closed first there's a better chance to get it fully into the long metal part. Leave the right side about 4 inches from fully closed while attempting to close the left side. If you close the right side first then the left side almost never closes properly. A friend has exactly the same issue. I have two UB suits and both behave the same.
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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    I wish they had a better closure and velcro cover to where the zippers come together. I mentioned this to the guy at the booth too. I hate getting stung under the chin. I am bearded, which makes getting the stinger scraped off difficult.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    I had a pair of motorcycle chaps whose metal zipper teeth would separate after the zipper was zipped. I was figuring that the zipper was going to need to be replaced. A seamstress took a pair of pliers and very slightly compressed each side of the fob. The zipper did not separate after that and I did not have to replace the zipper.

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    Got my new suit and hood.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    I got a jacket and I just pull it over like a sweatshirt. Did not even realize there was a zipper. I just drink through the screening.

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    I just drink through the screening.


    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    I thought everyone did that.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    Filters out the bugs when you drink though the screening. Sting in the lips is a worry though.

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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    Mine is so good I plan to order a case before you guys run them out of business!
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    Default Re: UltraBreeze Zipper Problem

    I never unzip mine. I just put it on like a sweat shirt.

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