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Solo diving and back-zip dry suit?

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by IceCube, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. craracer

    craracer Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    I pulled a 20cm long piece of heavy tent line through the zipper pull of my suit, and tied it in a knot.

    There are always sign posts somewhere close to an entry point. I just hook the tent line on the post, or the bolt attaching a sign to the post; stretch my arms out like I'm hugging a huge bear, and rotate my body to close the zipper.

    Takes some practice, but you'll get the hang of it.
  2. DaleC

    DaleC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Leftcoast of Canada
    I don't think I could ever get the hang of hugging a huge bear. I'm just not into that extra species thing... not that there's anything wrong with it.
  3. LeadTurn_SD

    LeadTurn_SD Solo Diver

    Oh I don't know... It would seem to combine a warm and cuddly moment with the ever-present danger of irritating the bear and being suddenly maimed... wait, that sounds like my marriage :rofl3:

    Best wishes.
  4. DaleC

    DaleC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Leftcoast of Canada
    I hear ya brother!
  5. BobbyT22

    BobbyT22 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Virginia Beach VA
    Been down this road, and the conclusion I came after much pain and awkwardness was...there is no good way. So I sold my back zip and bought a front zip. (BARE XCD Tech), problem solved. Not trying to be glib, just share my experiences here. If your back zip is a good one and you can sell it, maybe in the end the whole transaction won't cost you too much.
  6. dsdiving

    dsdiving Solo Diver

    Any proficient Diver will alter/ experiment with their gear to figure out how to make it work for their situation. I've attached a lanyard to my drysuit and I'm always aware or creat locations where I can hook up and open & close my zipper.
    Even before I was a Solo Diver I often had to "run ahead" after a dive and ended up stuck without help.
    If you struggle with finding a solution then buy a front zip or take up yoga.
  7. Jax

    Jax Deplorable American ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: AZ TX
    Back-zip drysuits are your subconscious telling you that you shouldn't dive solo. :wink:
  8. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: The Atlantic Northeast (Maine)
    Depending on your suit, garment and a host of variables zipping yourself into a back-zip dry suit can have mixed result including choking the zipper with a piece of undergarment. Ask me how I know.

    If you really intend to be diving dry & solo consider getting a suit that can be predictably self donned.

  9. Gerbs

    Gerbs Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Stuttgart, Germany
    Schreiber Duisburg, manufacturers of the GNT (back entry only) dry suits suggest you get help from passer-bys.

    http://translate.google.de/translat...d-tricks/tipps-und-tricks-007.htm&sl=de&tl=en will give you the very amusingly translated version.

    What helps the zip to not eat undergarments is a single strip of duck-tape on the undersuit where the zip is. Also, driving to the dive site while wearing a dry suit is an option that depends heavily on how good your AC in your car is...

    Gerbs -back entry suit diver
  10. redacted

    redacted Guest

    And if you have to stop and do any shopping on the way. :wink:

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