Separating zippers are zippers designed to completely separate and allow two parts of a pack, garment, or sleeping bag to come apart completely instead of remaining bound at a single end by the zipper’s base. These zippers are commonly used on sleeping bags, jackets, and garments that are meant to be converted like pants that can turn to shorts. These zippers are extremely versatile that make them an excellent option for a lot of applications.
These separating zippers for jackets / coats are designed similar to conventional zippers that have two sturdy fabric strips studded with tiny plastic or metal teeth that could be joined together to form a seal. These zippers use sliders that are manually operated to close and open, which depends on the movement’s direction. Inside the slider, you will find a y-shaped channel that either joins or separates individual zipper teeth. Zippers are often critical to any garment where they are used and once the zipper gets broken or damaged, the garment can be rendered useless until the zipper is replaced or repaired.
Zippers can be used in various applications. There are times when zippers are just ornamental and there are also instances when they are designed to offer access to a pack or pocket for a more secure storage. Zippers can also act like buttons, allowing passage of bigger objects such as legs and waists through garments that could be closed. Most sweatshirts and jackets use separating zippers just like some athletic pants instead of open-ended zippers that are sealed at an end to ensure that the slider doesn’t come off.
As far as separating zippers are concerned, the zipper’s base is open to allow the slider to totally disengage from the fabric’s other side. A tiny tab on the zipper’s other side could be reinserted to the slide so that the two pieces can be rejoined. Two textiles that have separating zippers can be joined together as well.
Separating zippers for jackets/coats have indeed come a long way since their first introduction years after zippers were initially launched.