Wetsuit Entry Systems Explained – Vissla AU
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Wetsuit Entry Systems Explained


The type of zip or entry system can greatly affect your wetsuit's functionality and user-friendliness. Larger zips may reduce the suit's flexibility, but they make slipping in and out of it a breeze.

It's all about striking the right balance between performance and convenience.

Back Zip Wetsuits

The original zip system. Back zip models sport a sizable vertical zipper running down the back, which you can zip up with a cord.

The Vissla 7 Seas Back Zip Full Suit is a classic example. This suit style is fairly easy to get into and out of, making it an excellent choice for novice surfers, those who value convenience or those of us whose shoulders are deteriorating after so many years in the ocean.

However, because the zipper isn't flexible, a back zip wetsuit provides a little less flexibility, which may eventually slow your paddle power if spending long sessions in the ocean.

A long opening also means that back zips can reduce your wetsuit's insulating power.

Chest Zip Wetsuits

Chest zip wetsuits, such as our Vissla High Seas Chest Zip Full Suit, are the most in-demand suits for surfers.

These suits feature a shorter, horizontal or diagonal zip across the chest. Some chest zips fully detach, with the top collar attached like a hinge that completely folds back.

The key advantage of a chest zip is in its ability to keep water out, therefore minimising flushing.

Chest zip suits offer superior insulation and flexibility, granting you full range of movement across your back and shoulders.

However, they can be a bit trickier to put on and take off compared to back zip wetsuits.

Zipperless Wetsuits

Pushing the boundaries further are the zipperless wetsuits, such as our Vissla High Seas No Zip Full Suit.

These wetties rely on layers of snug-fitting neoprene that overlap to seal the suit.

With no zipper to restrict it, you'll enjoy maximum flexibility and the least amount of flushing from this suit.

But be warned, it may be a bit more challenging to get in and out of until you become accustomed to it.

The Future Of Wetsuit Entry Systems

Vissla is constantly innovating to provide the best wetsuit functionality, durability and comfort.

We may or may not have something up our wettie sleeve to shake up entry systems for good, so check around the end of Q3 2023 for an update.

Wetsuit Entry Systems For Everyone

In the end, whether you opt for a chest zip, back zip, or zipperless wetsuit really comes down to what you prefer. Armed with this knowledge, you're ready to make an educated decision.

For further guidance on wetsuits, including sizing, thickness, and maintenance, have a look at our wetsuit temperature guide and wetsuit material guide.

And to view our full array of Vissla wetsuits, visit our wetsuits page.

Entry System



Back Zip Wetsuits

  • Easy to get in and out of
  • Good for beginners
  • Convenient entry system
  • Less flexibility due to the inflexible zipper
  • Potential limitation in movement while paddling
  • May affect insulating capacity

Chest Zip Wetsuits

  • Offers better insulation
  • Provides more flexibility and full range of movement across back and shoulders
  • Highly popular and trendy
  • Slightly harder to put on and take off compared to back zip wetsuits

No Zip (Zipperless) Wetsuits

  • Provides maximum flexibility & comfortability
  • Offers the least amount of flushing
  • Pushes the boundaries of wetsuit design
  • Can be trickier to get in and out of, especially for beginners


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