Improving North Face Duffel bag zipper pull cord

This has become quite a common piece of travel equipment lately. Being colorful and affordable, I can understand why. Personally I like them for the following reasons:

  1. Reliable: has one big compartment, massive zippers, and a small mesh compartment with a small hook (perfect for keys).
  2. Easy opening and access.
  3. Can be carried as a backpack.
  4. More or less waterproof.

I’ve had a medium sized one for years, and got a second and huge duffle bag last year. Only bad thing with this bag is that the pull cords are weak and painful to use. As both of the cords broke on my first bag, I replaced them with new and better ones, made of thin climbing rope only. Have a look:

The original (poor) pull cord design
The original (poor) pull cord design

 

Fit the new cord through the zipper base hole, and through the loose metal-zipper part.
Fit the new cord through the zipper base hole, and through the loose metal-zipper part.
Cut it, but make it long enough!
Cut it, but make it long enough!
Cut it, but make it long enough!
Cut it, but make it long enough!
Pull the cord through the loose zipper part so both ends match up symmetrically
Pull the cord through the loose zipper part so both ends match up symmetrically
Make the knot
Make the knot
Make the ends same length after knot
Make the ends same length after knot
Melt the cord ends
Melt the cord ends
Finished :)
Finished 🙂

 

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