You have probably heard people debating about front entry or front zip wetsuits versus back zip wetsuits, but what’s all the fuss about? Aren’t all wetsuits the same? Does it really matter where the zip is if a wetsuit keeps you warm and protected in the water?
Well, most surfers are very picky about the type of wetsuits they wear. Some people claim that back zip wetsuits are outright better than front entry ones, while others dispute this vehemently. To settle this debate once and for all, we will look at the pros and cons of both types of wetsuits in order to find out which is truly the best.
Front Entry/Front Zip/Chest Zip Wetsuits
Also referred to as front zip or chest zip wetsuits, front entry wetsuits have become increasingly popular in recent times due to their unique and innovative designs. Front entry wetsuits have smaller zips and in turn smaller openings.
Some front entry wetsuits have zips that can fully detach which means that the collar is left zip less and thus can fold back completely. This is something that some people really like. Some key benefits of front entry wetsuits are:
- Less Flushing
Flushing occurs when excess water enters your wetsuit and interferes with its insulating properties. Front entry wetsuits have fewer gaps because of a smaller zip and therefore reduce the chances of flushing occurring. Back zips, especially the cheaper ones, are prone to frequent flushing which can be both irritating and annoying.
Front entry suits feature a single panel on the back, unlike back zips that have a panel that is split into two. The single panel provides better flexibility and freedom of movement. This is critical for people who are engaging in extreme water sports like surfing.
- Easy Zipper Access
Because the zip is in the front, the wearer of a front entry suit can easily zip up or down without any assistance.
Back Zip Wetsuits
Back zip wetsuits are the more conventional style of wetsuits that are characterised by zips on the back of the suits. The zips typically run from the back of the neck all the way down to the waist. The zips come with long tags that allow you to pull them up or down yourself. Some of the major benefits of back zip wetsuits are:
- Easy To Put On and Remove
The design of back zip wetsuit provides for a much bigger opening which facilitates easy wearing and removal of the wetsuit. This is a crucial consideration especially for people with large bodies or shoulders. Having a wetsuit that you can easily wear and take off is very convenient.
- Adjustable Collars
Back zip wetsuits come with Velcro fasteners that allow you to adjust the tightness of the suits’ collars. This may be essential to you if you like a tight fitting suit for maximum protection.
Back zip wetsuits are traditionally cheaper than front entry wetsuits due to their less complicated zip systems and design. So, if cost is a major factor for you, then you should probably go for a back zip wetsuit.
Front Entry or Back Zip
In reality, both types of wetsuits have a lot to offer in terms of functionality and protection. They do have their unique drawbacks however. Front entry suits may prove a little bit difficult to put on and remove. They are also typically more expensive. Back zips on the other hand can get caught up in your hair and the Velcro fasteners on their collars can sometimes cause skin irritation.
With that said, at the end of the day, we all come in different shapes and sizes so the best wetsuit is the one that fits you perfectly, regardless of the placement of the zip or how you put it on.
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