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How to Put on a Chest Zip Wetsuit

   April 3rd, 2018   Posted In: How-To  

How to Put on a Chest Zip Wetsuit

Maybe you’ve decided to trade in your back zip wetsuit for a chest zip one or you just want to try a chest zip wetsuit out to see what it’s all about. Either way, we’re listing all the steps on how to put on a chest zip wetsuit.

First things first, start with the feet and legs. Pro tip: use a plastic bag on your foot, wear a pair of wetsuit socks (like WETSOX) or use a wetsuit lubricant to make this whole ‘getting into a wetsuit’ process easier. Once you get the wetsuit over your feet and up to your ankles, work the material up each leg, one leg at a time. Just be careful not to fall over or lose your balance. Adjust the material upwards so that there’s no excess neoprene causing any bagginess. Then start pulling the wetsuit up to your hips and waist. Again, alter any excess material.

Once the suit is up over your hips and at your waist, it’s time to put your arms in the suit. Chest zip wetsuits feature a soft, stretchy and wider opening zipper so entry is pretty easy but you may have to open that gasket wide and shimmy on into that chest zip wetsuit.

If you are getting into a chest zip suit with a non-dislocating zip (a.k.a. an attached zipper) – put your arm into the non-dislocating side first and then your other arm in the other wetsuit sleeve. If you are putting on a suit with a dislocated chest zipper, it doesn’t matter which arm goes in first. Once your arms are covered, pull up any extra material towards your shoulders and neck.

And last but not least, time to get that zipper zipped. Pull the flap over your head, align the zippers, then zip! Some brands have a magnetic/button closure or an adjustment cord for a secure and comfortable fit.

Make sure to prevent any tears or snags in the neoprene and/or the smooth skin panels by taking your time and just being gentle with the suit!

Still need help? Check out the video below!

Lauren (LoLo) has been turning words into blog posts for Wetsuit Wearhouse since 2014. She learned to surf for the first time ever in Costa Rica but she gravitates more towards SUP. When she's not scouring the web for travel deals, you can find her either hiking, running, gardening, tending to her animals, or reading a good book outside on a beautiful day.

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  • Al says:

    Hi LoLo / Team,
    I am 59 and overweight. I always snorkel on top of the water and never had a wetsuit. I will be going to the Big Island this Feb and according to what I can find water temp is between 73-78 F and thinking I may need one for this trip – not sure of thickness and suit size. What do you recommend? Is a two piece better for my size?
    Height 66″
    Weight 245 #
    Chest 51″
    Waist 51″
    Hips 47″
    Neck 16″
    Inseam 28.5″


  • Laura Lister says:

    Can you advise me? I am 78 years old and find my pool a bit too cold. I would like to purchase a wet suit jacket that is very flexible and easy to swim and do aerobics in. Since swimming helps arthritis, movement is very important. I do not do straight laps, but various exercises worked into a lap. Also – I am overweight so I do not want anything “sexy”.

    What do you think?

    • Crysta Goff says:

      I’m going to send you a private email, Laura. (:

    • John Gross says:

      Hi make sure it has a full zipper they can be hard to get off at your age,you dont want a full suit or a pull over that you may need helping getting on and off,i just checked ebay theres a xxxl camo jacket full zipper,25$bid 15 shipping.looks new.
      And you can use as out of water jacket if its super cold.they really hold heat in shockingly so.
      Because of how hard they are to remove you might want to start with hood gloves and feet.try searchs like neoprine gloves socks hood.jacket check ebay cheap.also thift stores often have wetsuits for like 20$

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