Back-zip, chest-zip, and zip-free wetsuits differ in the way they are designed to allow the wearer to put them on and take them off. Here’s an overview of the differences:
- Back-zip wetsuits: These wetsuits have a zipper on the back that runs vertically down the spine. The zipper allows the wearer to open up the back of the suit and easily step in and out of it. Back-zip wetsuits are the most common type of wetsuit and are often the most affordable. However, they can be less flexible and may allow some water to enter through the back zipper.
- Chest-zip wetsuits: These wetsuits have a zipper on the chest that runs horizontally across the upper chest. The zipper allows the wearer to open up the front of the suit and step in and out of it. Chest-zip wetsuits are usually more expensive than back-zip wetsuits, but they offer greater flexibility and are less likely to allow water to enter through the zipper.
- Zip-free wetsuits: These wetsuits do not have a zipper and are designed to be pulled on and off like a tight-fitting shirt. Zip-free wetsuits are the most flexible and can provide a more streamlined fit, but they can be more difficult to put on and take off, especially when they are wet.
Each type of wetsuit has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the best type of wetsuit for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. It’s always a good idea to try on different types of wetsuits to see which one feels the most comfortable and provides the best fit for you.