Overall: 3.8 / 5 based on 45 reviews
33 of 45 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Superior device clip -
By: HafCanadian from Clackamas, OR
I've had pin-on zingers for many decades of flyfishing, on several vests for both me and my grandkids. The weak point for all of them is the wire pin itself, on the back. Sometimes the rotating catch can get inadvertantly turned and the wire released, but more commonly the wire pin itself gets bent. Afterall, our vests are often subject to abuse from getting tossed in the back of a vehicle or boat, and dangling devices get caught on branches along the stream or trail, or get overstretched in use, any of which can bend a pin. Orvis zingers generally have stouter pins and catches, but I've still managed to ding even them a time or two. All that aside, they are higher quality overall than a lot of cheaper brands available, some of which I've had the case come apart or the cord jam. But the best thing by far about these retractors is the clip. It is so much easier to use than other types I've had that I won't consider anything else. The chrome clip is readily depressed and swung down for attaching or detaching instruments, and has always stayed secured for me. Other brands with the simple spring wire type of clip can be clumsier to depress and disengage since it depends entirely on the wire's tensile for its spring tension, whereas the Orvis zingers ride on a pivot point for a larger gape when open and yet include enough wire tensile to engage and lock or unlock at its notch point without effort. For kids or we old scudders with fumbling fingers, tying on a fly or a surgeon's knot should be the ultimate challenge, not working the clip end of our zingers. The hardest ones for me anymore are my old ones that have the sliding sleeve lock in the middle of an hour-glass shaped device clip. Getting the sleeve to slide up or down to expose one end of the wire, and then getting it even further along to allow an implement on or off that wire and down to the loop end is a gargantuan task anymore. And if you don't get the sleeve back over just right so it covers both wire ends, you risk losing stuff. It's not the greatest design. Orvis zinger clips are the best design of all, and by far the easiest to use.
Screw loosened -
By: sixex from Rochester MN
and I lost the zinger and a rather expensive nipper. I emailed Orvis from there web sight about it but never received an answer. I bought another one and superglued the screw to prevent another loss.
Just adding another one -
By: ToccoaFisher from Dalton, GA
This has got to be one of the best products. I have had an Orvis Zinger for 15 years and its still going. I bought another to add some other products to my pack.
Have used these for years. Never had one fail. -
By: BobRNC from North Carolina
Have used these for years, and never had one fail. Wish I could stop loosing them or giving them to my kids. Great product.
Best zigger on the market -
By: RobDoo from Atlanta, ga
Good quality. Metal casing and metal wire. I have several just like this that are 10 years old and still work like new.
By: JLeJeune from Gloucester, MA, USA
There is a reason I prefer this over all other zingers, quality. The plastic coated wire never jams or frays. The wide clip accommodates all tools with ease and no fuss. The re-tractor spring is strong, with the right amount of tension. I prefer the pin-on since it is more streamline and stays put. I find the clasp a bit bulky. When other brands break they are replaced with one of these.
Heavy users take care -
It may seem like a contradiction, but until these zingers break, they are better than any other zinger I've used. They last me about two years, then they fall apart without warning. I fish about 150 times a year, so they are used heavily. I only use the zingers for a very small hemostat,simple nippers, and a file, one tool per zinger. This time I'm ordering the black one, hoping it might be manufactured in a different facility.
Awesome Product -
By: RyanVA from Alexandria, VA
These things a great. Very well made and help me keep track of all my little, easy to drop, pieces of gear.
The pin version is flawed -
By: FMMMD from Denver, CO, USA
For years there have been complaints about the pin version of this otherwise good product. Stick with the clip on version. The pins are weak, and the pin clip will eventually bend and will separate from your vest causing loss of zinger and whatever was attached to it.
Best Zingers -
By: flymax from Northern New York
Top 50 Contributor
These zingers work great and ast longer than any other brand I have purchased in the past. The clip ons work great on D rings and I have never had one fall or pull off. Great product.
|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.