Zip it baby
11 october 2016
With this article we want to shed some light on the pros and cons of a back zip and a chest zip.
So bring it on, what’s the actual difference besides the location of the zipper? First things first: let’s start with the front zip.
A Chest zip makes the entry harder.
Although potentially harder to put on, you won’t need any help while doing so. Secondary, some of our Jobe-clients say a chest zipper makes them feel less ‘covered’. Resulting in more comfortable paddling or other watersports (more freedom of movement). You need the flex for maneuverability when you are on a wave doing turns. For this reason, most more professional water sports fanatics love the chest zip. Are you one of these pros, or do you practice a sport that requires a lot of flexibility: go chest zip.
Pros: Much easier to enter due to the zipper on the back.
Cons: You lose some, you win some. In this case: you lose some flexibility and you win time.
Saves time and money: most chest zip wetsuits are a bit more expensive than back zipper-suits. Are you the practical type who wants to get in the water immediately, choose this zipper.
To make a long story short: if you value flexibility and limited flushing gowith the chest and if you value the ease of entry, go for a backzipper!
Be a specialist – Jobe.