Zippers vs. Velcro

I’ve started making a new bimini top, and my wife wants to try using Velcro instead of zippers due to trouble we’ve had in the past. Does Velcro have enough holding power to work in this application?

Velcro has great holding power initially but will lose strength over time from UV exposure and repeated use. Long lengths of Velcro can also be difficult to close evenly which can cause problems if using for frame pockets on biminis. I recommend using zippers, but keep in mind that all zippers are not created equally. Sailrite prefers YKK or RIRI brand zippers because they offer high quality, UV treated zippers that have proven superior when compared to other competing brands.

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