Anyone using a zipless wetsuit?

Anyone using a zipless wetsuit?

Post by Pond Sc » Sun, 16 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Is anyone using one of those zipless wetsuits?  My old wetsuit is falling
apart and the only one my size (LS - large/short) they had at a local
shop was a zipless Body Glove.  It wasn't too bad to get into but I
had a hard time getting my first arm out taking it off.  Are they easier
to take off if you're wearing a rash guard shirt underneath?

They're trying to order me a Glove II in my size, but if they can't
I'm considering getting the zipless suit.


 
 
 

Anyone using a zipless wetsuit?

Post by Glesh » Mon, 17 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>Is anyone using one of those zipless wetsuits?  My old wetsuit is falling
>apart and the only one my size (LS - large/short) they had at a local
>shop was a zipless Body Glove.  It wasn't too bad to get into but I
>had a hard time getting my first arm out taking it off.  Are they easier
>to take off if you're wearing a rash guard shirt underneath?

>They're trying to order me a Glove II in my size, but if they can't
>I'm considering getting the zipless suit.

I know a guy that used one in very cold temperatures last winter.  He is very
happy with his.

Bob

 
 
 

Anyone using a zipless wetsuit?

Post by Paul J. Moor » Mon, 17 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> Is anyone using one of those zipless wetsuits?  My old wetsuit is falling
> apart and the only one my size (LS - large/short) they had at a local
> shop was a zipless Body Glove. ............

I bought a NP Eclipse two years ago, and love it, mostly for its
comfort.  It is about as warm as my old Bare steamer, which never seemed
to breake in.  I am sure there are warmer suits, but I have sailed what
I call 40-40-40 days, 40 MPH, 40 Deg Air, 40 Deg water, and only got too
cold after a few hours of In and Out sailing.

It is extreemly soft and does not bind anywhere.  My suit has the
Titanium vest, which you pretty much must wear to get it on and off, a
rash guard makes it much easier.  

Only two complaints, getting this model on and completly sealed up,
requires you to be very flexable or have a helper.  There is a neck
gasket flap, which pulls ove from the front then there are velcro flaps
which get sandwitched, I can do it myself and it will leak a little,
with assistance it will seal up real well.  The other complaint is that
the skin is almost too soft, fin nicks in the legs can be a problem, and
if your finger nails are not short and smooth you may also put a few
minor cuts.  I don't consider these to be major detrements, because of
the overall comfort, and you need realy soft matreial to make it thick
and still be stretchy.

I would definatly buy another.

Paul

 
 
 

Anyone using a zipless wetsuit?

Post by Mark 'cecil' DeFrie » Tue, 18 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
> >Is anyone using one of those zipless wetsuits?  My old wetsuit is falling
> >apart and the only one my size (LS - large/short) they had at a local
> >shop was a zipless Body Glove.  It wasn't too bad to get into but I
> >had a hard time getting my first arm out taking it off.  Are they easier
> >to take off if you're wearing a rash guard shirt underneath?

Although the zipperless wetsuits I tried were also difficult to put on,
that's not the reason why I didn't buy them.  

The new stretchy material, although great for flexibility, is thinner, and
even with titanium, is still not as efficient as a good modern wetsuit
using more 'standard' materials... so you'll feel the cold sooner with the
zipperless number... not a problem if you're sailing in temperate
conditions.

I looked at several types, including the Pryde Eclipse, but in the end I
chose the "Ultimate" - the top of the line Rip Curl.  I've been delighted
with the suit this winter here in Australia.  Flexible and warm... but not
cheap (over A$600 here in Oz)... but worth every penny for this aging 46
year old body.

Hope this helps.

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Post by Marcus Hoope » Tue, 18 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Two years ago I purchased both the Neil Pryde Eclipse Steamer and
Convertible.  Both suits have been great!

Provided you get the suit closed properly, they are quite warm.  I haven't
used the vest with the steamer, but I haven't had any unusual problems.

The best part of the suits would be the material.  SUPER! stretchy neoprene.
By far the most comfortable suit I have ever used...

---
G. Marcus J. Hooper - KC-13

Toronto, ON, CA

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Quote:

>Is anyone using one of those zipless wetsuits?  My old wetsuit is falling
>apart and the only one my size (LS - large/short) they had at a local
>shop was a zipless Body Glove.  It wasn't too bad to get into but I
>had a hard time getting my first arm out taking it off.  Are they easier
>to take off if you're wearing a rash guard shirt underneath?

>They're trying to order me a Glove II in my size, but if they can't
>I'm considering getting the zipless suit.



 
 
 

Anyone using a zipless wetsuit?

Post by Iacob Chr. Prebens » Fri, 21 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Anyone tried the Gul Viper zipless? 5*4*3

Hei sveis!

Iacob

 
 
 

Anyone using a zipless wetsuit?

Post by SHult » Tue, 01 Sep 1998 04:00:00

I did buy the Pryde Eclipse, but haven't used it yet am considering returning
it.  It was easy to get into and the fit was great, I am just not sure it will
be durable and from the previous post, not sure it will be as warm.  It does
list a 5/3 mm thichness, so shouldn't it be as warm?
 
 
 

Anyone using a zipless wetsuit?

Post by Wilzo » Sun, 13 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Still using my Rip Curl zipperless, still loving it 1.5 years and about 75
sessions later....
 
 
 

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Post by Xtrspor » Thu, 17 Sep 1998 04:00:00

I'm using a NP zipperless shorty. it's really easy to get on and off and super
warm. I've got no experience with other zipperless suits but converted from
O'neill last year. The NP's are much softer and comfortable. Yes, I am biased
but you should go to your local shop and try a few on.. you wont believe the
difference.

Skip Dennis
USWA: US-SD77
Tech Rep: Neilpryde/AHD/Finworks/Okespor
Cape Cod Windsurfing Association - VP
"You're not trying hard enough till something breaks"