Customize your zipper pulls with color or your own custom knot pulls.
Most of our bags come with a packet (or two) of Cord Zipper Pulls (the Aeronaut 30, Tri-Star, Brain Bag, and Synapse 25 among many others). There are three advantages a cord pull can offer over a metal pull: the cord pull can extend the range of a metal zipper, it can wrap around the zipper and mitigate the jingle of the metal pull (you won't get as much of that "I'm being followed by a golden retriever" sound with cord pulls) and it can make the zipper easier to grab and use. This can be a significant difference with a bag like the Aeronaut, which has numerous zippers.
We also offer the option of buying extra Cord Zipper Pulls in various colors to use with—or instead of—the standard included Black or Coyote pulls.
There are three choices when it comes to the zipper pulls: The first option is a set of 8 pre-cut 5¾-inch cords with a 1-inch plastic pull tab assembly. The second option is a set of pre-cut 8-inch long cords only (great if you prefer a knot to a plastic pull). The last option is a 5-yard length of cord you can cut to any length you choose.
On clipping the metal zipper pull tabs:
Clipping the metal zipper pull tabs from the sliders and replacing them with cord pulls is even quieter than simply wrapping the cord around the metal pull tabs. It's important to make sure you've decided you never want metal zipper pulls again before you cut them off. First of all, you can't put them back on. Second, if the metal zipper pulls are cut off, that part of the bag is no longer covered under our Lifetime Guarantee, which means that you won't be able to have the zipper replaced because you want the metal pulls back (the rest of the bag is still covered by our guarantee). Third, if the metal pulls have been removed from a bag, we cannot accept the bag back for exchange or refund. Another disadvantage of removing the metal pulls altogether arises if you want to use a luggage lock: unless the sliders have locking rings through which you can thread your lock, you'll need to lock the cords together, which isn't as secure as locking metal pulls. Finally, while cutting through the metal pulls to remove them isn't as dangerous as some of the things we do every day, please make sure to be careful and know that you are proceeding at your own risk.
- Randy D.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Compact, High Quality Finishings1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Compact, High Quality FinishingsRated 5 out of 5 starsZipper Pulls Make Life Easier
Having a good zipper pull reduces the friction of daily life only slightly, but that little bit is noticeable. And because my Guide's Edition Paragon has covered zippers, they are even harder to locate. But with a zipper pull hanging below the fabric flap, I no longer have to make eye contact with a zipper's exact location to use it.
These pulls were so easy to put on and match my bag perfectly. This is the biggest no-brainer add-on to any bag purchase for the cost.
- Steven S.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Unique, Versatile, Great Gift1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Unique, Versatile, Great GiftRated 5 out of 5 starsGreat way to add a little flair to your bag!
Picked up a set of the red pulls to add some color contrast to my black 1050d Techonaut. They really pop against the black fabric and match well with the Tom Bihn logo on the bag. They’re very easy to use and have a secure clip.
Great purchase at a reasonable price!
- Alex F.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Sewn in USA, Versatile, Durable1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Sewn in USA, Versatile, DurableRated 5 out of 5 starsGreat pulls!
Nothing too surprising here -- they're high-quality zipper pulls from a reputable manufacturer! The hardware is much nicer than most of the stuff you'll find on Amazon, and they've never failed me in the 5+ years I've been yanking them around on my bags.
I always add these to packs that come without pulls (or with crappy ones) because it's such an easy and useful upgrade:
- The cord can be used to quiet those annoying metal zipper tabs
- The chunky hardware is great for finding zippers by feel, even with gloves
- The colors are nice for flair or for labeling specific pockets, if you're into that
My go-to has always been the "silencer" with plastic tabs because I don't mind the chunky aesthetic on larger bags, but I recently ditched the tabs on a couple of smaller bags and I'm stoked how they turned out!
Note: the pre-cut 5.75" cords aren't long enough to tie off silencers with a lot of the popular knots, like "overhand", so I'd recommend going longer and cutting them to size as needed. If you have a few lying around, though, I found you can make it work with a "snake" knot.
- Kim P.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, Unique1 year agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Durable, UniqueRated 5 out of 5 starsLove the zipper pulls!
I love these zipper pulls because I’m allergic to nickel & I can use these instead of using the zipper tab. Makes it very easy to find the zipper pull too. Very easy to install & I love that there are different ways to attach them.
- David H.Verified BuyerBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Finishings, Versatile, Easily Adjustable10 months agoBought For MyselfProduct Standouts High Quality Finishings, Versatile, Easily AdjustableRated 5 out of 5 starsAdd some flair
These cord pulls make getting into your back so much easier and are an opportunity to add some color to your bag
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