It’s warm, it’s cool looking and it’s great when you need to cool down a little bit on a hot day in the surf or to drain water out of your wetsuit top after a fall. This front zip TCSS wetsuit jacket by The Critical Slide Society (TCSS) is pretty cool.
+ Warm, buttery, comfortable neoprene
+ On a warm day, it’s nice to be able to unzip the front and cool down while still protecting your back and arms from the sun
+ Unlike pullover wetsuit tops, which can fill up with water, turning you into a Michelin man in the water, simply unzip the front of the TCSS wetsuit jacket and it drains immediately
– Since the review, the front zip has become defective. With the zip zipped all the way up, the zipper links half way down the front of the jacket will unlink, creating a little hole that lets in water. However, because of the opening in the middle of a zipped zip, it’s almost impossible to unzip the thing when this happens! Incredibly annoying, especially with a wave coming!
My name is Ben and I buy, ride and review surfboards. I also buy other stuff, like this cool looking front zip neoprene wetsuit jacket by The Critical Slide Society or TCSS. [00:00:30]
The reason I decided to review this jacket is because a lot of people – people I don’t even know – have come up to me in the surf and asked:
“Hey, how is that front zip thing? Does it hurt? Does it get in the way?”
I really like the front zip, actually. I usually surf in regular wetsuit pullovers with no zip in the front or the back. That’s generally what I prefer. I find them really comfortable and they’re warm. The downside of the pullover wetsuit top is that if I come off of the board wrong, which happens a lot, they fill up with water and bag up. They also stretch and loosen [00:01:00] over time, which I think all pullovers do.
If this TCSS wetsuit jacket fills up with water when you come off all you have to do is unzip the front and the water drains out instantly. It is actually pretty useful for that, which I wasn’t expecting. The other thing I like is, if you’re paddling out and it’s a little bit hot outside and you’re getting a bit toasty, you can just cool yourself off by zipping the front down.
As far as the zip getting in the way, I’ve got a lot of padding in the front so maybe it’s just me but I don’t have a problem with that front zip being there. Every now and then [00:01:30] the front would bunch up and I can feel it a little bit but it really doesn’t get in the way too much. It’s not as annoying to me as having to get all of this water out from inside of the wetsuit.
That is the TCSS front zip wetsuit jacket for protection from the sun and a bit of warmth when the water is warm enough to surf without a full steamer wetsuit or a spring suit wetsuit. Again, this one is made by The Critical Slide Society and it looks pretty cool and it’s really, really comfy. It’s really nice kind of soft, buttery neoprene. [00:02:00]
If you’re sitting on the fence about getting a front zip wetsuit jacket, I hope this helps you to make your decision. Thanks very much for watching the show!
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