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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Beanpole » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:31 am

Okay.....my current back zip...and the Billabong I recently tried on..thanks Yuke...have a flap that goes across the shoulders. To zip the back up you have to wrangle this thing into a position where you can keep it clear of the zipper or it will jam. This is done by getting one arm in, then reaching around till you can get a grip on it somehow and then pull it taut while you get the zip cord and pull that up. Given that you usually need to hold the base of the zip and make sure the keys inside if it's got a cord attachment plus the seam isn't stuck in the Velcro that's an unnecessary complication. They could put a second cord attachment for that to make it easier.

I reckon it's probably a leftover feature from the front zip construction process they were too lazy to design a solution for. It's supposed to keep your back warm under the zipper.

Springy doesn't have this feature.

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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Trev » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:35 am

Huh! I'd just cut it off.
The narrow flap which runs up inside the zipper does the job well enough.
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Legion » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:39 am

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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Beerfan » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:49 am

How's a zen zip work? Quick Google shows it looks like a back zip.
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by alakaboo » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:56 am

The Zen part is that you don't have to listen to any old blokes try and figure it out in the carpark, because the flap is fixed.

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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Nick Carroll » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:17 pm

I was going to say. Like how do any of you manage to get out of bed in the mornings. "Oh God what are these shoe things with their unbearably complex 'laces'!" "Oh dear! I am likely to fall down the 'stairs'!"

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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Grooter » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:19 pm

swvic wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:31 pm
Yeah, the flashbombs are good. That's what I'll get if Torquay don't have oneill's. I believe they have reinstated the back zip as an option. Must have realised there's plenty of old farts like me and unco tards like shearer in the market
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Backzip all day every day. Tried a chest zip once and hated it. Not sure what a zen zip is and can't be arsed finding out!

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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Beerfan » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:30 pm

alakaboo wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:56 am
The Zen part is that you don't have to listen to any old blokes try and figure it out in the carpark, because the flap is fixed.
Ok. I have enough shoulder flexibility to use a back zip so I'll stick to it for now
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by swvic » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:56 pm

Nick Carroll wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:17 pm
I was going to say. Like how do any of you manage to get out of bed in the mornings. "Oh God what are these shoe things with their unbearably complex 'laces'!" "Oh dear! I am likely to fall down the 'stairs'!"
I was a bit like that after starting work here. My work boots were always elastic sided slip-on. Now I'm required to have zips and laces. And the laces are complex - made out of some new fangled synthetic shit that no matter what you do, they come undone. I risk falling over as I stand to go for lunch
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by swvic » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:58 pm

Grooter wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:19 pm
swvic wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:31 pm
Yeah, the flashbombs are good. That's what I'll get if Torquay don't have oneill's. I believe they have reinstated the back zip as an option. Must have realised there's plenty of old farts like me and unco tards like shearer in the market
Hope life is good, you bulked up eating machine

Backzip all day every day. Tried a chest zip once and hated it. Not sure what a zen zip is and can't be arsed finding out!

Life is good, work is good, but super-busy these days so my time on here has been pretty limited in the last few years.

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Which piece of rock did you surf above? Big Left is one of your regular haunts IIRC
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Cranked » Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:59 pm

Nick Carroll wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:17 pm
I was going to say. Like how do any of you manage to get out of bed in the mornings. "Oh God what are these shoe things with their unbearably complex 'laces'!" "Oh dear! I am likely to fall down the 'stairs'!"
Laces! Don't get me started.
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by petulance » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:08 pm

Grooter wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:19 pm
Backzip all day every day. Tried a chest zip once and hated it.
Not you too, my brother. You aren't at the geriatric stage yet.
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If you're that dumb that you can't figure out how a suit with a horizontal zip on the chest or no zip is an improvement on a back zip, move to Lennox.

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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by ctd » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:14 pm

Cranked wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:59 pm
Nick Carroll wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:17 pm
I was going to say. Like how do any of you manage to get out of bed in the mornings. "Oh God what are these shoe things with their unbearably complex 'laces'!" "Oh dear! I am likely to fall down the 'stairs'!"
Laces! Don't get me started.
https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/knots.htm

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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by steve shearer » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:18 pm

Look at the backzippers coming out of the woodwork now that the dreadful hegemony of the "fashion" chest zip has been dissipated.
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Nick Carroll » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:37 pm

Yeah it's like the Return of the Jedi, if the Jedi were all a bit old and prone to falling over their laces

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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Legion » Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:16 pm

petulance wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:08 pm
Grooter wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:19 pm
Backzip all day every day. Tried a chest zip once and hated it.
Not you too, my brother. You aren't at the geriatric stage yet.
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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by alakaboo » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:53 pm

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Re: that wetsuit discussion...

Post by Rustt » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:11 pm

swvic wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:54 am
buddy wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:19 am
I tried the 3/2 thing in winter through Vic. Went back to get a 4/3 for the following winter. Doesn't get you through the cold days when you sit and wait for extended periods.
Yeah I know. Might mean very short surfs. I'll also have a hooded vest and booties. Trying to find a smooth skin hooded vest is proving extremely difficult. I know they're meant for under your wettie, but I reckon over is better. Any water leaking through the face doesn't then run straight down your neck. No need to explain why I desire the smooth skin

Thinking of lashing out on a top of the range Oneill zen zip. Can't seem to find cheap prices for them though. Maybe worth a run over to Torquay after the summer hordes leave in a few weeks. Never had an Oneill so need to try on for sizing
I've got a top of the line 4/3 O'neill Zen $700rrp, Ive had Oneills for a few years now, Quality is real good now and they are warm as toast and great movement, Highly recommend.

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