Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Aerostich Remote Control Zipper Sliders!

This just in from Aerostich: a "gotta have" new farkle for your Roadcrafter or Darien!

New Aerostich Remote Control Zipper Sliders

Over one hundred all-new items are in the new 2009 Aerostich and RiderWearHouse catalog, including a miniature 'Remote Control Zipper Sliders' option. The battery powered zippers are an upgrade (or retrofit...) for the vents on Aerostich Roadcrafter and Darien suits. A separate version will be available in November for the waterproof leather Aerostich Transit suit. The unique sliders are the result of micro-miniaturization breakthroughs by the YKK zipper company and Mabuchi-Nanotronik Ltd., a private German-Japanese nanotechnology research effort. Aerostich is the first clothing company to offer them. "We have an exclusive two year deal...they make adjustments so easy anyone can do it!", said an Aerostich company spokesperson. "Before, a rider needed to pull over to safely adjust their vents...and the back required a helpful friend or removing one's suit. Now it's simple as pressing a button!" Each slider is about 10% larger than the equivalent manual type. Inside is a remote receiver, a powerful Mabuchi 'pancake' type 330541 stepper-motor, and a tiny titanium planetary gear set and toothed cog which engages the zipper's teeth to pull the slider rapidly in either direction. The sliders are controlled by a three button remote. Each powered slider uses a common replaceable Zink hearing aid battery good for about two hundred 12" zips. The remote includes both wrist and handlebar mounts. The price per slider, installed, is $177, and the remote -- which will control up to four sliders independently -- is another $47.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

tell me this is an April Fool's joke.

April 1, 2009 at 10:57:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Doug Just Doug said...

Everything in the Aerostich catalog is true...mostly. ;^)

April 1, 2009 at 8:28:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, I wonder if I can get one installed on my Fly...Take a leak "no hands"!

April 1, 2009 at 9:41:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous James said...

That's awesome. I'm going to place my order now.

April 1, 2009 at 10:10:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Ted @ said...

WOW, it's crazy.. It's cool but man how lazy can people get.. I guess it could be useful if you are scared to only use one hand to zip up your jacket while riding.

April 5, 2009 at 3:17:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a voice activated version installed on my dress pants. And one time...

April 11, 2009 at 8:47:00 AM EDT  

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