Vissla wetsuit feedback

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  1. Salinity

    Salinity Well-Known Member

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    Anyone wearing a chest zip Vissla? Curious if the are notoriously hard to get in and out of.

    I picked up a 5/4 and it seems to fit well once on, but it’s is a b/t@h to get in and out of compared to other chest zips I’ve owned. I’m dealing with a bum shoulder, so that certainly exacerbates the issue and I’ve only had it wet once, but damn if it isn’t a Houdini trick to don and doff.
     
  2. glider_boy

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    Recently bought a 4/3 Vissla chest zip. Seems about par for the course to me - a pain to get in and out of but not impossible. Tho I haven’t owned that many chest zips for this very reason. In my experience the difficulty goes up with the thickness of the suit so I don’t doubt a 5/4 would be worse.
     
  3. Bodhi

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    I bought a 5/4 last year and the seams are already splitting. My son also bought one and the same, I would spend a little more for a quality suit.
     
  4. Bighouse

    Bighouse Well-Known Member

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    I have a chest zip 3/2 that’s great - and a chest zip hooded 4/3 that flushes like crazy. Pretty standard to get into. Pretty comfy less the flushing.
     
  5. Ricksurfin

    Ricksurfin Well-Known Member

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    I’ve had a couple of Vissla suits and sold them for years. I consider their rubber middle of the road as far as stretch and durability, and found them more difficult then others to get in and out of. They are a good suit for the money, but I prefer to spend a little more and get a more quality suit.
     
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  6. TheEL

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    In your opinion who makes a quality suit?
     
  7. Salinity

    Salinity Well-Known Member

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    Seems my experience is about right then - hopefully it wears in just a bit to allow me to get in and out without dislocating my other shoulder.

    The other mid-range suits I was looking into (O’Neil hyper freak, etc) weren’t available in my size (LS), so I figured I’d try this one, which was a full $120 less than other mid range suits. I seem to be only getting 2 seasons out of my 5/4s of late and the second season is always after sending in for some sort of warranty repair - so spending $400-500 was hard to justify (unless they do end up lasting way longer - not sure about this). Thats also why I waited until this late to grab one - so I can wear it out as much as possible still under warranty). But selection was pretty sparse. Guess I’ll see how it holds up.
     
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  8. Ricksurfin

    Ricksurfin Well-Known Member

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    For a good off the rack suit, I like O’Neill. I really like their Technobutter rubber. I’ve had other top end niche type wetsuits with better Yamamoto rubber that fit great and were more comfortable, but in my opinion you give up too much durability. The O’Neill suits offer the best compromise of fit, comfort, and durability.
     
  9. Salinity

    Salinity Well-Known Member

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    Durability - this is what's hanging me up lately. My first wetsuit - a 3/2 Rip Curl lasted nearly 10 years. Now, I'm splitting seams, wearing out weird spots above the knee patch etc after a season or two. Are the higher end suits really more durable, or just more comfortable / stretchy? If I could get 4-5 seasons out of a $500 suit, it's a better bet than 2 seasons out of a $300 suit.
     
  10. Ricksurfin

    Ricksurfin Well-Known Member

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    The newer suits aren’t nearly as durable as the older suits. Durability has been traded for stretch, comfort and fit.
     

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