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Should I store a drysuit with the completely closed zipper?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by Andrei Astra, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Linke Seitentasche

    Linke Seitentasche Angel Fish

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    I leave the zipper open during storage (i.e. hanger) so that moisture can exit the suit more easily.

    I do not permanently close the zipper for storage, I believe having it open is beneficial to the life expectancy of the sealing surface, but I have no proof for this. Obviously it increases the risk of dust and dirt buildup. Choose your poison.
     
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  2. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy

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    That sounds logical, but in the linked-to pdf above the manufacturer of the OP’s zipper, TiZip, apparently recommends storing it fully closed. I suspect whether to store open or closed differs among zippers.
     
  3. Peter Slater

    Peter Slater Solo Diver

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    I have a zipper cover and compromise that the cover is closed and the zipper is open. I figure that this gives the best of both worlds.
     
  4. VE7DAC

    VE7DAC Regular of the Pub

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    I do the same with my Fusion suit. The inner metal zipper stays open after rinsing, and I close the protective outer plastic zipper. That way the metal zipper doesn't get crimped, stressed, or pinched.
     
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  5. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

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    Do they give a reason for their recommendation?
     
  6. lexvil

    lexvil Loggerhead Turtle

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    To help prevent kinks.
     
  7. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

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    Thanks. Which means that when I'm opening the zipper on my suit to prevent it from getting stale inside when it's hanging quietly on its hanger, I'm not doing something seriously wrong.
     
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  8. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

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    I agree...I have two suits...one with a brass zipper...one with a TIZIP...They're both stored open...the brass zipper stored well lubed...the TIZIP stored dry with the exception of the docking link which is lubed with the included TIZIP lubricant...the docking link on TIZIP zippers is soft and delicate and will imprint very easily...

    I'm of the opinion that dive gear zippers like most things with soft sealing surfaces stored sealed/closed/tightened will imprint...decreasing the surface thickness of the matching sealing surfaces...which will eventually result in leaks...

    Most of the time...manufacturers are not the best source for information on how to make their products last...

    Best...

    Warren
     
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  9. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy

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    I agree. Same logic as o-rings: don't store in a compressed state.

    If true, that's truly sad. In my imagination, a manufacturer runs his product through tests intended to determine how best to maintain it. Of course, a cynic might wonder whether a manufacturer has a certain lifespan as a goal and doesn't mind if the consumer has to replace the product at that time. Whether the product could have been kept in good shape for longer than that, had it been more optimally maintained, may not be of concern to the manufacturer.
     
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  10. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

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    Some cynics would be right...vintage dive gear being used and displayed on SB is a simple example...with proper care/service/maintenance...50/60 year old items that should have long since expired are still like new...this was never the manufacturers intention...manufacturers have no desire to build products that last indefinitely...

    Come up to Ontario and look at a typical Dodge Ram pick-up that has seen three Canadian winters...and look at the baseball size holes rotted through the rear quarters...Chrysler could prevent this premature deterioration if they wanted to...but they don't...

    Sad yes...true yes...is it going to improve...don't think so...

    W...
     

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