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If you're talking about thing on the main zipper, mine broke after a bit over 2 years of at least weekly use and being pretty careful. Without it, I really don't like the way the zipper seat gets torqued and weighted with the top of the suit down before and between dives, so I installed a replacement.Those little flimsy pieces at the end of the zipper scare the crap out of me... No idea why they made them that way, but I watch them every time I put it on
Interesting. Both of my suits with those, the pockets zip shut (in the water or out) very easily.
What did you do for zipper pulls?
Man, y'all spending money like you bought Santis... lol!
This is how I do my pockets.
One piece of thick bungee tied with an overhand knot for a zipper pull. Only on the rearmost pull. It's very easy to find by feel, even with dry gloves and liners on. Once I grab it, my pockets zip shut very easily.
One thin piece of bungee tied in a loop through the D-ring, to clip stuff to that goes in the pocket. I don't clip anything to the D-ring. The loop is long enough (and stretchy) that I can pull everything out of my pocket to choose what I want to unclip. Or see the loop to clip stuff to it, with a little tug to make sure the thing is actually clipped on.
The thing I hate about pockets with the velcro flap (which I have had before) is that invariably, the flap wants to be in the way of me trying to put stuff in my pocket. I'm trying to put something in there using one hand and, well, how do I do it? If I'm on land, obviously the flap falls shut as soon as I open it and then grab whatever I want to put in there. In the water, it is usually equally obnoxious.
I don't want pockets where I have to hold it open with one hand while I put stuff in with the other hand.
Don't get me wrong. Sure, there are times when you can make it work. But, if your hand it FULL (of whatever you want to put in there) and your other hand is otherwise occupied, that flap can be a real pain.
Maybe if they made the suits with velcro up on the side of the suit and also on the outside of the flap, so you could velcro it open, as well as closed...
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It’s really interesting the differences, I have zero problems using velcro pockets with 1 hand, but zipper pockets are two hands, mandatory. So some fun underwater contortions lol. We dislike the alternative style for exactly the same reason the other dislikes the other style lol