Recommendations on full length wet suits with "convenience" zipper in front?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by KellyAsh, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. KellyAsh

    KellyAsh Scuba Instructor

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    I was wondering if there were any wet suits out there that have a zipper in the front for dudes to pee out of? I've looked around on the internet and haven't found exactly what I'm looking for. What I have seen are models where the zipper comes down to about belt height, which doesn't seem adequate for worry free peeing. I'm looking for one that has a zipper specifically for easy access. Thanks for your input.
     
  2. ScubaBB

    ScubaBB Manta Ray

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    I know where you can find this kind of wetsuits, but it is not allowed to put commercial links on this forum. Send me a PM and will answer you with the link.
     
  3. KellyAsh

    KellyAsh Scuba Instructor

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    PM sent. Thank you!
     
  4. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

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  5. fjpatrum

    fjpatrum Surface Interval Member

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    ScubaBB, commercial links aren't prohibited with as many posts as you have. I think they are frowned upon as "spam" but if you're answering a question and have a post history I don't believe there is any rule against them. If there is, a lot of us are breaking that rule daily.

    To answer the OP's question, I don't know of any "off the rack" wetsuits that have "pee zippers" but there are a lot of "front zip" suits that would probably be sufficient. Conversely, you can just buy a suit you like and have a zipper installed.
     
  6. Garrobo

    Garrobo Great White

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    Yeah. I've never figured out why the heck they put the zipper in the back in the first place.
     
  7. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    I believe having a zipper installed is fairly expensive. There also is a problem if you're talking 2 piece farmer johns.
     
  8. g1138

    g1138 NAUI Instructor

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    Because originally surfing was more popular, probably.
     
  9. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Tech Diver

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    It's actually because everyone knows that there are two kinds of divers. those who pee in their suits and those who say they do not. Most of them are liars. I have seen a couple people literally run with gear to the john to pee. I refuse to be in pain like that.
     
  10. dumpsterDiver

    dumpsterDiver Scuba Instructor

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    Are you SURE that is all they had to so? If so, how do you know? Never mind, don't answer that...
     
  11. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Tech Diver

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    Because as they were running they were chanting! "Gotta pee! Gotta pee! Out of the way, gotta pee!" Over and over.
     
  12. KWS

    KWS ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If it is that big of an issue use a catheter and an appropriate length hose.

    actually i am now trying to envision the social impact of this.
    1. you do the cop rig... like a backup piece on the ankel. you reach under the leg of the suit and pull the end of your hose and hang you leg over the side
    of course if you could do that you could do that inthe water.
    2. you would be the only one onboard with a 3 ft hose, and that alone WILL be a point of converseation no matter which way the talk goes.
     
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  13. USCScubaboy

    USCScubaboy Barracuda

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    Considering the cost of installing an additional zipper (haven't seen any wetsuit with a relief zipper pre-installed), it'd probably be cheaper and easier to either:
    a) Just go in your wetsuit
    b) Strip halfway so you can go unhindered

    Now, if you're talking drysuit, that's a whole different story.
     
  14. Colliam7

    Colliam7 Tech Instructor Staff Member

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    Because back-zip suits are much easier to get out of solo.
     
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  15. beaverdivers

    beaverdivers ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    I had a relief zipper on my Fathom wetsuit. I sold ton of those wetsuits in the 80's for $700 - $800 ( all custom ). Now, decent wetsuits are $200 - $400.

    I would love to see a relief zipper in a stock suit. What is it worth?
     
  16. Casinova

    Casinova Single Diver

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  17. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    a) no good. Haven't yet in 6 years
    b) Not possible in the water with farmer john suit. On land/boat yes, but that doesn't help you underwater.
     
  18. RonFrank

    RonFrank Orca

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    Why do you need a pee zipper in a tropical suit? You need privacy one way or another, so find a spot, pull it down and pee -or- just pee in the water. :flush:
     
  19. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Works like a charm. In general I don't bother but for some outings that I know will be extended it's nice to end not being fermented.

    Pete
     

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