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Subject: Wetsuit question!
The only tri-related item I have yet to upgrade since my foray into the tri world three years ago is my wetsuit. I bought a fairly cheap one that is fine--but impossible to zip up by myself--the back zipper has to be threaded and I can't get it myself. This isn't a huge deal but for my winter open water swims it would be a huge benefit to be able to zip up myself. It would also eliminate the need to find a calm enough competitor at the swim start of races to help me out. Are there 'pre threaded' zippers out there? What should I start looking for? Thanks!


2013-12-04 2:48 PM
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One of the wetsuits in my closet has a retro zipper that has to be threaded. The way I deal with that is to use a stout safety pin to keep it from unzipping all the way. Re: needing help, most people with properly tight wetsuits need help at their races and swims. It's maybe 5% of the time I can do my own zipper. It's zero imposition, and common for people on your rack to offer to help.

...I should add that I haven't seen a zipper not permanently thread except on my ancient QR sleeveless.

Edited by Pacific John 2013-12-04 2:51 PM
2013-12-04 2:59 PM
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I like the safety pin idea. I just wasn't sure if there were some 'advanced zipper technology' that I might be missing. And you're right, people have always been very nice about helping.
2013-12-04 3:11 PM
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Subject: RE: Wetsuit question!

My first wet suit had to be pre-threaded, which is the QR with the breakaway zipper.   I don't feel like I ran into a lot of others with that problem.  My Xterra had a normal zipper.  My point is that there are probably lots of options.  So, I guess I could recommend the Xterra brand.  Although, I am sure there are others.

2013-12-04 3:14 PM
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I've got a Synergey wetsuit. I've never had issues with needing to thread the zipper. They're not all that expensive either.
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