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Old 06-04-2006, 06:57 PM
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Flats boots zipper jam

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went to get my Cabelas flats boots out of the basement.
Both boots have "frozen" or jammed zippers. They have plastic teeth & a metal zipper.

I've tried soaking them in hot water... thinking I could dissolve a salt buildup (Nope)

I tried silicone spray (Nope)

Any other ideas?
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Old 06-04-2006, 09:30 PM
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After many such instances, I do not use zipper boots anymore.

To get them free, I used a pair of pliers to grip the tabs and pulled like hell. Eventually one of the tabs broke off. That was the last pair of zippered flats boots I've ever (or will ever) own.
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Old 06-04-2006, 10:04 PM
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Yeah, if they're frozen and soaking didn't free them up, you'll have to put more pressure on them. Some gentle work with pliers will hopefully do it. Are they stuck up or down?
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Old 06-05-2006, 09:43 AM
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THE ZIPPER IS STUCK IN MID POSITION....
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Old 06-05-2006, 03:43 PM
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Try taking a screwdriver and prying at each side of the zipper piece that actually does the zipping to free it up. Have you checked the inside of the boot to make sure a piece of neoprene or fabric isn't stuck in it? Kind of a stupid question but worth asking...
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Old 06-05-2006, 03:46 PM
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WD-40? Worked for me on a few SW packs. Not sure if they were plastic or metal zippers but that stough seems to dissolve anything.

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I can't speak for your zippers, but mine were constantly the victims of sand granules which created mechanical obstructions.

On that note maybe a good whacking on a concrete floor might do it, being granular.
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Old 06-05-2006, 05:15 PM
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Thanks guys!
I've beaten, soaked, pushed & proded...
oiled, soaped , siliconed, and greased....
wrenched w/ vice grips, threw against the wall & sidewalk
I don't think these babies are going to budge!

Might have to break down & get a new pair
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Jim,

Not so fast. Cabelas will take those boots back, frozen zipper and all, and give you store credit to buy another pair. No problem. You don't even need to replace them with the same pair. They'll take anything back that's broken, especially if their name is on it. I just wrote a review of the Bite Footwear Flats Boot and I really liked them. Cabelas just happens to carry that boot.

Good luck to you.

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They may be too far gone but baking soda and vinegar have worked for me in the past.
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Jim,

Not so fast. Cabelas will take those boots back, frozen zipper and all, and give you store credit to buy another pair. No problem. You don't even need to replace them with the same pair. They'll take anything back that's broken, especially if their name is on it. I just wrote a review of the Bite Footwear Flats Boot and I really liked them. Cabelas just happens to carry that boot.

Good luck to you.

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Yup, great point Tom! I"d take advantage of their excellent customer service Jim and get the boots replaced. It should just cost you shipping.
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Old 06-07-2006, 07:38 AM
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The zipper saga continues!

Backwater: Thanks for the Cabelas warrantee info, I'll look into it!
You know... the $50+ (previously) allocated for new flats boots will buy allot of Kaliks...

Geese.... after all my planning, tieing & discussion ... I'd better come thru and actually catch some bones!
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