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Professional => Vendors and sources => Topic started by: Gear Dynamics on February 23, 2015, 10:42:50 AM

Title: Zippers
Post by: Gear Dynamics on February 23, 2015, 10:42:50 AM
Someone school me on zippers. I generally avoid them, so as a consiquence I know very little about them, or where the best place to buy from is.

I'm looking for domestically produced (preferably YKK), #8, 9 or 10, in military colours. Also sliders that can be used on the reverse side. I'd like to sew the zipper coil side down. Any sources would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: WPJ on February 23, 2015, 12:49:36 PM
I got mine from Rockywoods. I'm sure there is a better source but they had them at the time I ordered my material.

I got #10 tan499 and OD. And #5 beige.  I didn't see the reverse sliders I would like to get those as well.

Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: Martial Concepts on February 23, 2015, 01:30:36 PM
Dealing direct with YKK saves you a lot of money. If you are looking for Berry compliant then they have a GOVT line that includes COY498, TAN499, BLACK, FOLIAGE 504, etc.  They have #8, #9, #10.  YKK makes a reverse bail slider for sizes #8 and #10, not #9.  Ideal zipper makes a #9 coil with reverse bail sliders available. 

Orders direct from YKK fall under a MOQ, minimum order quantity.  Depending on coil size it can be anywhere from 150 meters to 100 meters (#8, #10 respectively).  There is also a monetary minimum that must be met for the order to complete and ship.  Last I did order was $300 minimum to be completed, the chain for #10 comes out to a lot less than that.  Sliders are sold in 500-1000 piece increments and will not be broken into smaller quantities.  If you want smaller quantities you have to approach a reseller.  For #10 with 1000 sliders and 100 meters of coil you are looking at just over $300. 

I generally stock #10 with reverse sliders in Tan499.  I use it with Khaki, Multicam, A-TACS, etc, and generally on all my prototypes.  Is #10 overkill in some applications, sure it is.  But I sure do love how easily it opens when you need it to, and how strong it is. 

I've been meaning to get some black but never have as it is a color rarely requested.  Now I have a special order and will probably be placing an order for #10 coil and reverse bail sliders if anyone is interested. 
In the past I have offered to let people piggy back on my order so they can get what they need at a much better cost but no one has ever done it. 
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: Gear Dynamics on February 23, 2015, 01:34:37 PM
I'm ok with using Ideal brand zippers too. I'd like to find somewhere (or someone) who can sell some by the yard in various colours. I've talked with GSI and they have a fairly good selection, including the reverse sliders (no pull tabs) but all the zipper is by the spool. I just can't justify a large purchase just for some development and custom items.
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: idgara007 on March 29, 2016, 05:52:05 PM
I contacted YKK and the rep I talked with said you need a resale tax exemption certificate or they wont be able to do business with you.  I know rockywoods sells by the yard but its much cheaper to buy a full roll.  Does anyone know a source for YKK zippers in tan499?  GSI only carries ideal and only size 9 and maybe 5.  PK only has black and limited colors.  Thanks guys
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: Gear Dynamics on March 29, 2016, 11:17:25 PM
Since posting this, I have been sourcing my #10 zipper from YKK directly. I have some tan499 coil and reverse sliders if you need them.
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: idgara007 on April 01, 2016, 10:39:00 AM
I emailed them again about purchasing without the resale tax exemption but they havent responded.  I'd like to get full rolls of size 5, 8 and 10 but don't want to pay double the price to get it by the yard from rockywoods.  I dont know of any other supplier that carries ykk zippers. 
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: Gear Dynamics on April 01, 2016, 11:52:11 AM
I would drop a line to ATypeEffect, he was very helpful in providing me with enough zipper to get started!
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: Martial Concepts on April 01, 2016, 01:40:41 PM
@idgara007 just shot you a PM.
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: SunriseTacticalGear on April 01, 2016, 07:34:15 PM
If you guys decide to do something, I could use a half roll of black and 500 reverse pulls.
Thanks, Scott
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: Martial Concepts on April 01, 2016, 08:05:46 PM
What size in black?
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: SunriseTacticalGear on April 01, 2016, 11:08:07 PM
Black size 10.
I don't use that color a lot but it is nice to have for projects when they come up, and recently used up the last of my size 8, now I'm ready to go Big.
Scott
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: jaYson on June 12, 2018, 03:46:48 PM
Jayson here and sorry to start up a dead discussion, but does anyone know of any Canadian suppliers that sell #8 zipper in coyote brown (not tan!)?  I know Rocky Woods does, but I would prefer to buy from Canada to keep costs down as shipping can be a bitch - not to mention customs.  Please respond.  Thanks.

jaYson
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: Gear Dynamics on June 12, 2018, 05:25:16 PM
jaYson, there isn't one. On our side of the border, if you want YKK, you can order directly from them. You'd need to commit to a min amount. Coyote Brown is not a stocked colour and they bring it in from the USA.
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: jaYson on June 12, 2018, 08:14:14 PM
Ah crap.  I was afraid of that.  It really amazes me there is so little demand for such materials in all of Canada.  Oh well.

Any idea what the minimums are when ordering from YKK?


jaYson
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: Martial Concepts on June 13, 2018, 10:55:29 AM
Size 8 is a 150 meter roll minimum.  Generally 1-3 weeks production unless they have overstock from a contract order.  Sliders are by the box, at Size 8, 2000 pieces.
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: jaYson on June 13, 2018, 06:10:49 PM
Any idea what the approximate cost for that would be - 150m roll of zipper and sliders?

jaYson
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: Gear Dynamics on June 14, 2018, 11:14:06 AM
jaYson, the minimums are very different from YKK Canada. We are re-ordering zipper and sliders soon (#10 Reverse). If you want some, let me know.
Title: Re: Zippers
Post by: Martial Concepts on June 18, 2018, 03:51:42 PM
If the minimums are less for YKK Canada, I would jump on that.