I have two pairs of Tourmaster Venture riding pants. They are really great in the cold of winter. Within the same week, both pairs had the front zipper come apart. Bad luck!
I’m sure it didn’t have anything to do with me wearing a thick sweater tucked into my riding pants stressing out the zipper… ;)
I made a couple calls and had quotes from $20-$40 per zipper to repair/replace. Too expensive. I figured I could fix it myself somehow.
The first pair took me 20 minutes (including taking the photos) to fix and the second was a bit more stubborn and took 30 minutes. I only spent $6 on the supplies to do it too!
The first step was to remove the little metal stop at the bottom of the zipper.
This gives a bit of wiggle room to move the slide to the bottom and re-align the zipper teeth.
The first pair was easy. I just pulled the zipper up about 1/4” on one side which gave me enough fabric to twist it into the slide.
With the zipper fixed and the slide working as expected, I needed to replace the metal stop.
I tried to get it back on with a needle nose pliers, but couldn’t get it.
I bought a cheap sewing kit
and carefully sewed the end of the zipper together to make a new stop.
It works good as new and looks pretty clean to me.
I had a hard time putting the second pair’s zipper back on, so expanded the exposed edge of the slide and forced it on that way. I lost about 1/4” of the bottom of the zipper, and just sewed it up like the first pair.
UPDATE: My first repair is still going strong. The second one didn’t hold, so I’m going to have it fixed under the warranty.