Nice Suit, but I cant deal with back zip!
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This is a nice suit. Very well made. The neoprene, particularly on the legs, is well-formed for a persons anatomy. It is also extremely flexible for such thickness. Price is right, too.
However, with the the inherent stiffness of a suit like this, I find it very uncomfortable unless stripped to the waist - even in the diving position, with the suit fully zipped, I find it very tight around my neck - almost to the point of choking. Perhaps it is just a question of individual fit.
I ordered this suit, as the picture on-line was of a front-zip suit. After some research, I found out this is the way Mares makes them for the European market, but in North America, they come only back zip. Moreover, Mares seems to have a very nice two-piece "Farmer John" style suit with a front zip on the jacket, but this too is unavailable in North America. Not sure why, because I know the back zips take in less water, and are therefore more comfortable, but in may case, ease of entry and comfort on the boat are more important considerations.
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Mares 8/6/5mm Flexa Ultrastretch Wetsuit
The name pretty well says it all. Thick core sections for warmth where its needed but still with great flexibility. Easily as flexible as my 3mm but a lot warmer! The snug cuffs make it really a semidry.
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Mares 8/6/5mm Flexa Ultrastretch Wetsuit:
• 100% ultrastretch unparalled comfort • Back protection system (BPS) • Thermo plush inside
The Flexa family is the highest expression of Trilastic. Different thickness for different areas of the body. 100% ultrastretch of high quality neoprene. Unparalleled finish and attention to detail. Front zip with smooth neoprene flap for more comfort and isolation.
New rubber tag custom closure and back zip puller. BPS: an additional layer of neoprene stitched in the back provides additional comfort and thermal protection.
The Flexa suits are the result of an effort meant to obtain the widest variety of combinations of steamer, shorty (Core) and vest with only 5 items.