5 Cool Things You Should Know About YKK Zippers

By John Cruz

Backpacks and all kinds of bags are made using the popular YKK zippers for many reasons at that.

They are the standard when it comes to zippers and personally, I don’t recommend you get a bag without one.

If you know nothing about zippers, you won’t think anything of it.

And, that’s okay.

However, I think this will be a very valuable lesson on zippers, especially if you’re looking to buy your next everyday carry.

There are companies that focus all their time and energy on creating zippers and this just so happens to be one of them.

Not only is that their specialty but bag creators of all kinds, look to the zipper manufacturer to zip their bags shut.

There are many reasons why they choose them and I want to explain why.

What in the World are YKK Zippers?


YKK is a zipper company that provides zippers to bag manufacturers all over the world.

They build durable zippers that are used on military products as well as high-quality products from all types of brands.

Big named brands like Goruck, and other designer companies use YKK zippers, as they are trusted and used all over the world.

There are other things you should know about the zipper company, and I want to go over them below.

1. YKK Zippers Are Built to Last

You think a zipper is just a zipper if you don’t know anything about them.

That’s what you’ll think until the zipper to your backpack comes flying off, or worse, it stops zipping.

With YKK, you can rest assured that you have the best quality zippers you can find.

As a bag person myself, I think twice about getting any bags that don’t have YKK zippers.

Many people ask if YKK zippers are good, and the answer is no, they are great.

Besides YKK, what other zipper companies do you know of?


2. YKK Zippers Lubricate Themselves

Zippers (at least regular ones) become worn, fall off the track, and if they’re metal, will rust and lock up on you.

YKK zippers actually lubricate themselves as you zip and unzip them.

With normal zippers, they usually lock up and things like WD-40 come to mind.

No one wants to spray lubrication on their clothes or bags.

If you have YKK zippers, you can avoid that problem altogether.

3. There Are Different “Types”

You think that having YKK Zippers on your gear is all you need to know.

If that were the case, then all the zippers would be the same.

However, there are three main types of YKK zippers.

There’s the coil, molded tooth, and metal.

They all have a different feel, style, design, and size.

Depending on what you are planning to use the zippers for will determine the type of YKK zipper you need.

Don’t forget that these guys provide the zippers and you decide what and where you want to put them.

4. The Letters “YKK” Are on the Actual Zipper

I love everything about branding, even if they go in the smallest of places.

That’s what you’ll find with YKK Zippers, as every zipper has the letters “YKK” on them.

What better way to find out if you have YKK zippers than to have it right on the zipper?

You also wouldn’t think that the letters YKK would stand for something so simple and solid until you heard of the YKK zipper brand.

Now, when you see or hear of YKK, I’m sure you’ll think of zippers.

5. YKK Stands For “Yoshida Kogyo Kabushiki Gaisha”

Not many consumers know what YKK Zippers are and I’m sure they could not care less what it stands for.

Although the letters “YKK” have a nice ring to them, those letters actually stand for “Yoshida Kogyo Kabushiki Gaisha“.

I know, that’s a long name that you probably won’t remember, but at least you know it’s related to zippers.

Conclusion – YKK Zippers Are That Good

As a fan of quality products and knowledge of zippers, I am always on the lookout for not just zippers, but YKK zippers.

YKK zippers are the standard when it comes to zippers and yes, they are that good.

There are other decent zipper manufacturers, but YKK is definitely number one.

So, the next time you buy your next bag or even clothing, check to see if you see that they are using the oh-so-awesome YKK zippers.

As a matter of fact, check on your current clothing, as they too, might have the YKK lettering.

Besides that, I hope you can see that there is a big difference in the types of zippers out there.

If you want quality, YKK is definitely the way to go.

Thanks for reading!

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