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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:22 am 
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Good thing I checked my jacket before my ride.

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Castelli Radiation 1-2-3 Jacket. It gets a lot of use in the winter, but it's the first zipper I've had go like this. Fortunately, I was able to "harvest" the necessary hardware from an old fleece and still use the jacket.

As I mentioned before, this has never happened to me before with any piece of cycling clothing and the jacket is about 6-7 years old.

Is this a castelli thing?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:18 am 
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Yes, this happened to three of my Castelli jerseys. My dad does some sewing and he was able to find a white zipper with the exact length as the one that broke. He just repaired three jerseys for me. I think the zipper breaks due to the stress of laundry. I probably have washed them more than 300 times. The metal appears to be sintered so it probably has very low strength and poor durability.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:46 pm 
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I've had it on a few things from Castelli, nobody else, so I don't know what they do differently. I really liked the Zoncolan jacket but the zipper broke after about a year, same for a couple of custom jerseys made by Castelli. I've stopped buying from them now because of it unfortunately.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:48 pm 
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I've never had these problems with Castelli.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:40 pm 
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I mentioned in my original post I "harvested" a new piece from an old fleece I had laying around. There are zipper repair kits and my home version worked quite well on my ride to work today. I don't own many castelli pieces but this jacket and an espresso 3 are my main winter jackets - if that piece is the worst of it I'm not too worried.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:26 pm 
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This has happened to me a bunch but the pieces its happened on are 3y old staples that are still going strong. I went to a camping/tent repair store and bought a heavy duty zipper and very carefully pried/clamped it on. Been strong for 2y since.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:39 am 
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It may be a Castelli thing- I had the same thing happen to a relatively new Castelli long sleeved jersey. The pull broke off, but the business end of the zipper was still ok. I was able to salvage it with some fine multi filament cord. I thought my problem was unique but perhaps Castelli needs a new source for zippers.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:23 pm 
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Zipper failures happened with many of my Castelli items:
"total" failure (would have to replace zipper):
Body Paint Tri Suit (paid $20 for a new zipper)
Body Paint Jersey (haven't decided yet)
some "normal" Jersey (not worth it)
partially broken, still "usable":
Thermal Jacket
three Jerseys

So I mostly gave up on Castelli (unless it's really cheap and in XS).


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:22 am 
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Not just a Castelli thing.

I've had a zipper go on year old Capo jacket.

No issue getting a new upgraded zipper installed at the local dry cleaners.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:50 pm 
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7 years means it's surely had it's moneys worth of use? Maybe it's time to buy a nice new jacket?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:06 am 
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scottw1987 wrote:
7 years means it's surely had it's moneys worth of use? Maybe it's time to buy a nice new jacket?


Nope. New zipper piece, just used it today. Not many jackets that versatile.

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