This is a super simple, but useful way to make tactical zipper pulls out of paracord, heat shrink tubing, and a bit of fire.

The benefit of this zipper pull design is that it's silent - no jingling or jangling as you walk along. Additionally, the heat shrink keeps everything nice and tight against the bag, so there's no snagging loops or anything as you're walking through dense underbrush.

Step 1: Remove the Old Zipper Pull

Most zippers will still have a zipper pull on them. Some are metal, others are some sort of string or cordage, often capped by a plastic bit that functions as the actual pull (these are what I had). There's nothing wrong with these, but I wanted something a bit more streamlined.

Remove the old zipper pull by any means necessary.

love the shrinking Idea
<p>Yeah, it keeps everything high and tight. Thanks for the comment!</p>
<p>great idea. simple yet smart</p>
<p>Nice hack, I personally think that all zippers need bigger pulls than the manufacturer ever put on. Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>I totally agree. The thing I like about this is that you can make it any length you want and still don't have to suffer overly bulky pulls or loops which can easily get caught on things. Thanks for the comment!</p>
<p>You can use different colors of heat shrink tubing to help identify the contents of different zippered compartments on a bag/pack/pouch, like red to note that a 'First Aid' kit is inside, etc. A fine tip Sharpie can be used to label the tubing as well. ;)</p>
<p>Absolutely. You could also easily do different colors of paracord, too. Thanks for the comment!</p>

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