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Relief zipper or not

Discussion in 'USIA' started by Scuba-junky, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. Scuba-junky

    Scuba-junky Angel Fish

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    I've only used a rear entry suit and am now getting ready to replace it with a front entry. Can someone tell me if you can take a pee with the diagonal zipper front entry suit or do you really need to have the relief zipper installed. I dive a back plate with crotch strap and am hesitating on the relief zipper because of the extra wear caused by the crotch strap (another point of failure). I figure if the diagonal zipper can be opened and I can pee out, good enough, right?
     
  2. Rainer

    Rainer DIR Practitioner

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    If you're a dude, get a p-valve (seriously). If you're a woman, look into the She-p (seriously). A relief zipper is LAME.
     
  3. elan

    elan DIR Practitioner

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    Yes you can :) With a p-valve you can even do that underwater :)
     
  4. BabyDuck

    BabyDuck Orca

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    p-valve...p-valvep-valvep-valve...

    did i mention p-valve?
     
  5. Tom Winters

    Tom Winters Instructor, Scuba

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    There are some people, male and female, who simply will not bother with a p-valve. Well, they all have better bladders than I do. One guy had a relief zipper sewn into his dry suit by Steve Gamble, and by God, that's all he needs. He doesn't do the long hang dives, so I guess he knows just what he wants.
    Although I pray to the east many times a day for the blessings of my p-valve, I have never actually had to use it. Sure nice knowing it's there though.
     
  6. Scuba-junky

    Scuba-junky Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Phoenix, AZ
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    So it sounds like I can take a pee out of the diagonal zipper, so skipp the relief zipper.

    NOW, is the peevalve that USIA installs a good choice or should I add a better one after drysuit purchase?
     
  7. BabyDuck

    BabyDuck Orca

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    if you have a p-valve, you won't need to pee out your entry zipper...
     
  8. tc_rain

    tc_rain Divemaster

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    You will still have to pull the top half of your suit off.
     
  9. Scuba-junky

    Scuba-junky Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    Okay got it, p-valve. Any recommendation on the best p-valve to get?
     
  10. rickyd

    rickyd Solo Diver

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    Location: Southern California
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    I put in the zipper on my CF200; didn't want to deal with a p-valve. No problems with the crotch strap from my BP.
     

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