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Old 21 September 2004, 14:56   #1
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Comfort Zip - Horizontal or Vertical

Whilst putting on my Typhoon Alpha drysuit the other week, I tried to help one of the socks over my heel, only for a clutch of rubber to come away between my thumb and forefinger, thereby leaving a hole the size of an apple in the heel.

I phoned Typhoon today who informed that it was not covered under any warranty and the replacement cost would be 19 per sock. I figured I'd get them both done at the same time, in case the other sock was also about to perish.

I asked them to quote for fitting a comfort zip at the same time, for which they quoted 50, but asked if I wanted it to be vertical or horizontal. OK, leaving aside the Chinese gags, what is the advantage of having a horizontal zip ? Is it something to do with the size of the seals ?

Also, with delivery costs of 14 there and back, that brings the total cost to 102, which seems a bit steep. At this price, is it worth repairing; it is perfectly serviceable apart from the hole in the sock, if a little difficult to get in and out of. Is there anything else I should be looking at ?
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Hi, If it's not covered by warranty, then I'd suggest that you take it along to a dive Shop. Most cover repairs and MoD's. Worth a try

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I asked them to quote for fitting a comfort zip at the same time, for which they quoted 50, but asked if I wanted it to be vertical or horizontal. OK, leaving aside the Chinese gags, what is the advantage of having a horizontal zip ? Is it something to do with the size of the seals ?
I don't think I've ever seen a vertical one. Horizontal works fine. Don't know if it makes much difference either way . . .
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At this price, is it worth repairing; it is perfectly serviceable apart from the hole in the sock, if a little difficult to get in and out of. Is there anything else I should be looking at ?
Get boots instead of socks. In fact Typhoon still have a pair of my wellies I sent them about five years ago for a drysuit they never made me . . .

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I think you'll find the horizontal comfort zip is only normally fitted to the drysuits sent out to the Asian market
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[QUOTE=Rogue Wave] I think you'll find the horizontal comfort zip is only normally fitted to the drysuits sent out to the Asian market [/QUOTE


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Andark at Swanwick will do it for you. They resealed my Typhoon suit, neck, wrists, socks and all. 50 as far as I remember.
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I think you will fined that sitting down with a vertical zip will be very uncomfortable, they do not flex terribly well!
The horizontal zip will just sit in the folds as you sit or bend over!
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Why not diagonal or for that matter slightly to the right or left
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Go for the horizontal zip, might not the most comftable when using it for its intended purpose, BUT you will be able to sit down, dry zips are not the most flexable of structures.
If you notice the horizontal is standard on all (ones that I've seen) flight dry suits.
Also get the hard boots and make sure you spesify the right size to inclue thick socks as cold toes spoils the fun. Last time I checked they didn't make reinforced toes on the hard boots which is a pity, especially if you drop an anchor or race mark weights on your toes!!
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