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Old 04-29-2011   #1
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Stohlquist drysuit zippers

The rubber covered nylon ones. These are on the B pods Thoughts? Experiences?

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Old 04-29-2011   #2
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Just my 2 cents but I haven't heard of too much trouble with the zippers on Stohlquist suits, my buddy has one and is happy after a few heavy seasons. I have a Kokatat and couldn't be happier (or warmer) but the Stohlquists seem to be good quality for better price, as long as you don't get neoprene gaskets. In the end, I think the rubber on the outside isn't doing JACK. It's the zipper design and how tightly they seal inside the zipper that matters.

Some engineer out there might challenge me but I think any (open-able) waterproof seal needs to be under pressure to work well. The rubber on the outside might reduce abrasion with other gear but I bet it doesn't appreciably contribute to dryness.

*caveat* neoprene gaskets probably work GREAT for rafters. But not for kayakers.

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Old 04-29-2011   #3
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I've got a Stohlquist, i think it's the G-Pod, with the tunnel and relief zipper and the zippers you're talking about. I haven't had any trouble with the zippers at all. I've had it for 4 years, and it's gotten fairly leaky at this point; I can't tell if it's due to pinholes or just seepage. I sent it in to them for the past two years for a pressure test and patching, and it's still sort of leaky around the waist after I got it back from them, so i think it may just be that the fabric is seeping.
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Old 04-29-2011   #4
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The zippers are solid. They're easy to grab, even with my mittins on, and the seal is impenetrable; I regularly keep mine waxed with that stuff that comes with the suit for this purpose. I have a bpod w/tunnel, which by the way, has treated me well since August of last year. I plan to re-waterproof it soon just for the hell of it, though.
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