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Front Zip Drysuit-Self Donning Solo

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by Cr.padlo, May 24, 2020.

  1. Curious_George

    Curious_George ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Arkansas
    When did they switch to closing at the top? I’ve replaced several DUI zippers and have owned another 4 suits of my own and they always pull down to close. That includes 350, 450, 200, and Yukon’s.
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  2. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    An impossible feat after 3 shoulder surgeries! I bought a front entry for solo diving, had if for >10 years I have not yet been able to secure the zipper myself. Not enough range or strength to get it done. My method is to have Mrs.AD zip it up for me. She's the best non-diving dive tender a diver can have.

    I can barely vent the suit, just the tip of my middle finger can reach the button. I decided to stop dry suit diving. I'm now a New England summer diver, can't really say warm water diver, most people don't consider 72F water warm and that's only for a month or so.

    @Curious_George, I noticed that too. I don't recall seeing any that close in the up direction. Seems it would make it more difficult to close.
  3. HKGuns

    HKGuns Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Merica
    My DUI opens toward the shoulder and closes toward my hip.

    I simply don't open it all the way as it is very easy to get it on with the zipper not quite fully open. If by chance the suit is fully open, I scrunch the suit around my body to better reach the zipper pull tab.
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  4. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: canada
    i assume you are talking about closing the first few inches ?? i simply grab the handle on the external zipper and lift up so the dry zipper is as straight as possible. then pull as gentle as possible.
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  5. mwerle

    mwerle Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tokyo, Japan
    Keeping the zipper well maintained and lubricated also helps a lot; it:s amazing how much harder the zipper action can become after only a couple of dives so keep that wax handy!
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  6. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: The Atlantic Northeast (Maine)
    I went with that option too and it works well.


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