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Wetsuit Zips – What’s right for you?

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(Last Updated On: 27/03/2023)

Wetsuit Zips.

The different grades of waterproof zips are determined by the quality and length. A standard zip has plastic teeth close together with a slight overlap to block water, but it will let some water seep through because there is no layer behind the zipper like neoprene that would stop all moisture from getting in.

The different types of waterproof zippers have their own level of durability depending on what grade they come in as well as how long they last before needing replacement or repair work done on them due to wear-and-tear over time.

Water-tight zippers can be identified by zip teeth that overlap each other. The overlapping design of the zipper prevents water from seeping in, but it’s not infallible–water still has a chance to get through if you’re lucky enough for it to leak out at your shoulder opening (though this is rare). For those looking for 100% protection against moisture and saltiness, investing in one may not always be worth the hassle.

When it comes to getting into your wetsuit, there are a variety of considerations. There is the back zip style which may be more convenient for those who have difficulty reaching their lower backs but can also create an uncomfortable bunching and rubbing on shoulders if not properly secured; chest zips offer quick accessibility with less shoulder pressure however they do make removing some layers difficult and take up valuable body heat in cold water temperatures; zipperless suits give easy access without compromising coverage or overheating but lack functionality when layering garments underneath.

How does one choose? You will need to consider what type of activity you’ll be doing, where you’re going, how often you wear these types of suits, whether or not this.

Zippers come in various sizes and lengths but the size that is most commonly used on wetsuits ranges from about 20 cm up to 60 cm. Different zip length also means different bulkiness so it’s best for you to choose a zipper based on what your needs are since every person will be looking at this differently.

Back zip wetsuits

Back zip wetsuits are the best way to get in and out quick. They’re a classic solution with the zipper going down the length of your spine so that you can zip yourself up quickly. The advantage of these is they typically have an easy entry/exit point when compared to other styles which makes them great for those difficult moments where you need to change into something else without too much hassle – like on vacation or at home!

The water seeping through the zipper can be a major deterrent, even in cold water. Many companies have come up with their own “flush guard” technologies to reduce this problem from happening as well (e.g., Quiksilver Hydroshield). When you bend forward while wearing a neoprene wetsuit; it may feel tight and restrictive on your back because of the lack of give that zippers provide when they are fitted snugly around one’s body

Chest Zip Wetsuits

The zip style of chest entry is tricky to put on and take off, but it’s also the most efficient.  We recommend this type for those who are looking for a fast-entry suit that needs minimal adjustments after getting in.

The chest zip is superior at keeping water from penetrating the suit through the seams and neckline. It also may be more comfortable with a snug neck that isn’t prone to causing rashes or making it hard to get on. The zipperless back yields even greater flexibility for changing in tight spots!

Zipperless Wetsuits

These zippered-free wetsuits prioritize mobility over warmth by eliminating the lack of flex around zipper areas and stitching. Seen on lighterweight (think 3/2, thinner) wetsuit options as well as neoprene tops, these suits make for an easier time getting in and out of them without worrying about whether or not your skin is going to get caught up inside a bulky area that isn’t designed with much flexibility in mind.

The zipperless wetsuit is a perfect solution for those who have mobility issues, such as while paddling or surfing. The entry point can be found around the chest area and usually has an elastic band or velcro closure that secures it shut.

So these are the options.  The choice is yours!

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