The dry zipper is crucial part of a drysuit. To keep the suits watertight and airtight for a long time, the zippers have to be made of high-quality materials and allow the drysuits to retain completely watertight.
Unlike normal zippers, drysuit zippers are composed of special 100% waterproof material, non-corrosive teeth as well as a dual seal mechanism that all work together thus to keep all the water out. With proper maintenance, high-quality drysuit zippers can last longer than the suits themselves.
If you are looking for the perfect zippers for your drysuits, take a look at some of the different kinds of zippers that are available for option
In the case of metal zippers, the teeth are generally made of an anti-corrosive metal like bronze which makes them very sturdy and durable, the metal zippers are heavy duty and strong which is not easy to operate, the metal dry zippers can resist water pressure 200KPA.
Plastic airtight zippers are light duty and flexible, so they are much easier to operate . They are made from a high-quality nylon coil with TPU coating which resist the air and water out. For drysuits that are more likely to be rolled up on a regular basis, plastic zippers tend to be a more practical option. But for our Plastic airtight zippers, they can only resist the water pressure(IPX8) under water within 3-5 meters.
Comparison between the Metal and Plastic Drysuit Zippers
Although high-quality zippers will prevent water from entering your drysuits no matter the material of the teeth, each of the two kinds of zippers has its advantages. Take a look at some of the pros and cons of both the metal and plastic drysuit zippers.
- Made of a sturdy, rugged material
- Resist water pressure within 200KPA
- More rigid operation, requiring more effort to unzip
- The teeth are more prone to jams
- Less resistant to bending
- Lightweight and flexible, making the suit more comfortable
- Easier to zip and unzip and more user-friendly overall
- Very reliable and less susceptible to jamming
- Less sturdy and rigid
- Resist water pressure within IPX8
If you are a drysuit manufacturer or supplier and you are deciding between different types of zippers for your drysuits, you will definitely be looking for zippers that combine quality and practicality. At SZIP Waterproof zippers, we guarantee that you will receive top-quality, user-friendly zippers with the best possible recommendation options.