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While donning my wetsuit yesterday the zipper released one of its tracks. This was surprising since there are no broken teeth. It felt like I had triggered some sort of release mechanism, as it came undone so easily. I inspected the sliding mechanism and there is a spring assembly, but have not figured out what it does. Anyone know if this is easily rectified? Its a Hyperflex Amp 5/4 Surf Series with a hood.
Never gonna get another front entry suit, what a hassle getting in and out.
i had this happen a few years ago. you probably have a small rip in the fabric between two teeth perpendicular to the travel of the zipper; doesn't look like a break unless it gets twisted at which point you'll see how the zipper can travel right off the rails.
if that's it you can twist it just right to get the zipper back on. I fixed it by moving the zipper above the tear and sowing the teeth shut at and below the break so as to create a new bottom stop for the zipper.
my front zip hyperflex did same thing. Still needs fixing...
Benicia Kite and Paddle Sports
238 1st Street
Benicia, CA 94510
Wainman - Cabrinha - Shinn - Underwave - Hyperflex
I've tried front zippers a couple of times, I don't even understand why some people wear those. Such a pain to get out!
Kites: 2013 F-One Bandit VI: 12m, 9m and 7m.
Board: 2013 F-One Acid 134x42 & 5'6 Fish.
Harness: Underwave "Imperial" vaccust.
Wetsuit: Underwave Sultan shortleg 4/3.
Front entry seems to me to be a little less prone to the old eskimo sunrise on duck dives if you're surfing
I'm not sure they have much of a benefit over back zip for kite or windsurfers though
Front entry apparently provides greater flexibility for arm movement, something important to surfers, absolutely not worth bothering with if you kite.
I ended up sending my wetsuit to blownoutwetsuitrepair.com. $20 for the repair, $30 for shipping(both ways). Unfortunately I attempted a repair on my own, which will result in a smaller opening now.
I also had contacted email@example.com. I still have not heard back from them. You always see great deals on Hyperflex wetsuits-I won't be buying their wetsuits anymore.
Still don't know why the zipper failed, no tears, nothing to point to why it separated.
Just got my wetsuit back from "blownoutwetsuitrepair" in santa cruz. Repair done in less than a week, super nice. Highly recommend their services.
It took Hyperflex about a week to respond to my email, and they told me to see if I could have it repaired locally. Nice.