Overall: 3.4 / 5 based on 14 reviews
8 of 14 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Can't loose it -
By: CaughtOnBranches from Sonoma, CA
I was always dropping my nippers, now I know where they are.
Great for organizing stuff. -
By: feilongshi from Federal Way, WA
For some reason we still haven't found a way to do away with the pin-on needle. The darned things never seem to work without the use of a microscope and a pair of tweezers. I'm 70 years old any my fingers don't work the way they used to 50 years ago.
Perfect for my small chest pack -
By: lespaul from CT
Top 10 Contributor
These are perfect for smaller packs,or a lanyard. If they break, Orvis will just hand you another one, no questions asked. Hope it lasts!
broke on 1st outing -
By: mountainrivergal from Pittsburgh PA
I bought this right before Christmas. I needed a zinger that pinned on, as others have fallen in the water. Went fishing for first time yesterday. Had my nippers on it. It wouldn't retract the first time I used it! I don't expect Orvis products to break on the first use! Will be taking it back.
not happy -
By: heo9542 from San Diego, CA
Top 500 Contributor
Just got done with 8 hours of fishing and in the last hour I noticed it had fallen off my sling taking my nippers with it. It had always worked well but when I bought it I noticed clip holding it to my sling didn't see to stay closed very well. So now I'm out my nippers and zinger. Not happy.
very useful, even if not an angler -
although an odd stocking gift, it's so-o-o useful as a tether for subway pass and ID in the pocket of a senior.
Ok, but not the best -
By: Minidriver from Wheaton, IL
Top 500 Contributor
I got one of these when I bought a fully loaded pack at orvis. It is ok, but not sturdy enough. It fell apart within a month.
By: spindoctor from bushmills
It is "broken" even before I get to use it. It reminds me of an old bathroom rollerblind that only retracts a little bit at a time & after many attempts it will finally reel in. Badly constructed!
Very good 'smaller' zinger -
By: phdezra from New York, NY
Top 250 Contributor
I prefer this zinger for my nippers--nice and small. For forceps, I would go with regular size or such. This one attaches firmly and the clasp keeps any item firmly in place.
|The Orvis Zinger|
Introduced in 1967 to become an Orvis best-seller
One of Orvis' best-selling products was dreamed up over lunch. In 1967, Orvis owner and President Leigh H. Perkins was at lunch in Manchester, Vermont's Coburn House hotel. A waitress named Mavis attracted Perkins's attention, thanks to her order-taking pencil. This wasn't an ordinary pencil -- it was attached to a tiny retractable reel and pinned to the front of her blouse. Mavis could pull the string, write down the order, let go and the pencil would roll back up, out of the way until she needed it next.
Perkins couldn't help but stare. He realized that this handy contraption could be adapted for sporting use, that every fly fisher in the world needed just such a gizmo to keep their nippers close at hand, without risk of losing them in the water. He decided to put his idea into action, and had small stainless-steel cylinders--proudly emblazoned with the Orvis logo and dubbed "Zingers"--made and placed in his store. Fishermen jumped on the product immediately, using them to hold not only their nippers, but also nets, flashlights, and water thermometers. They were an instant success and Orvis sold millions of the handy gadgets over the years. Orvis even developed a Zinger that contains a retractable tape measure, so that you can measure your fish before releasing it. Today, Orvis sells five different types of Zingers that serve a variety of purposes.
By the way, Perkins hired that waitress, who was a valued Orvis employee for years.