MAKING (AND BREAKING) THE MOLD: Finding a Zipper That Didn't Exist

MAKING (AND BREAKING) THE MOLD: Finding a Zipper That Didn't Exist

If you’ve been exploring our story, you know that the key to the Constant Mountain jacket design is in its unique zipper that allows for both a continuous hoodie-style pocket and normal zip-up operation. That zipper started off as a drawing in my journal, then another and another. After that, things got really interesting. I took a Dremel® to some off-the-shelf zip-ups to make my own prototypes. I wore out a 3D printer. I learned more about zippers than I’d ever thought there was to know as I went through more than a dozen design iterations to land on a concept that worked. That day – well, that was a good day. Of course, making that concept into reality was another journey altogether.

It’s a patented new design, and it took some time for me to search out a domestic tool maker who was willing to take it on. But search them out I did. After plenty of planning and testing and tweaking and more testing. Constant Mountain finally had a brand-new industrial tool specifically designed to create our one-of-a-kind zipper quickly and consistently. Finally, we were ready to shred some metal! (Manufacturing-wise, that is.)
Constant Mountain zippers come from a casting facility in Missouri, before being coated in our perfect shade of orange in Indiana. We’re excited to be able to work closely with our partners there to produce a zipper that meets our own stringent quality and durability standards to become the centerpiece of a Constant Mountain jacket.

One thing’s for sure: since the day Constant Mountain was born, I’ve never looked at zippers the same way. The ordinary has become extraordinary, or at least I think it has. And hopefully you will too when you slip into your first Constant Mountain jacket.