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Why would you ever need a 2 way zip on a hardshell?

Postby seb » Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:06 am

I'm talking about technical wear all day shells made for alpinism why would you ever need a 2 way zipper on the main zip it's not going to be thrown on and snapped round a belay device it's going to be tucked under the harness all the time so why would they ever have a two way zip???
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Re: Why would you ever need a 2 way zip on a hardshell?

Postby seb » Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:19 am

Also can somebody tell me the difference between mountain equipment's tupilak and the tupilak ultra apart from no the zips and the pit zips.
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Re: Why would you ever need a 2 way zip on a hardshell?

Postby Scott » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:23 am

Supposedly two way zippers on jackets are so you can unzip the bottom to make it more comfortable for sitting positions. Otherwise, a jacket bunches up at the bottom when you sit down.
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Re: Why would you ever need a 2 way zip on a hardshell?

Postby Ben Beckerich » Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:42 am

If you have slings or mountaineer's loop around your chest, a bottom zip can be handy for accessing inside pockets. Off the top of my head, that's all I can think of for times I've used it... although I'll probably remember more once I'm lying in bed.

It's probably not a crucial feature... might be one of those things you'll never know you needed until you do.
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Re: Why would you ever need a 2 way zip on a hardshell?

Postby Ben Beckerich » Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:43 am

And thinking about the three shells I have in my closet right now, I don't think any of them even have a bottom zip.
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Re: Why would you ever need a 2 way zip on a hardshell?

Postby seb » Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:54 am

From what i can tell it seems like a complete wast of space weight and complexity, oh well i guess i will just have to grin and bare it.
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Re: Why would you ever need a 2 way zip on a hardshell?

Postby the_isalani » Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:32 pm

seb wrote:I'm talking about technical wear all day shells made for alpinism why would you ever need a 2 way zipper on the main zip it's not going to be thrown on and snapped round a belay device it's going to be tucked under the harness all the time so why would they ever have a two way zip???


Weather changes.

You may start your day off in your softshell, and get into an area where you're in your harness for a long time.. Sudden weather now requires you to don your hardshell, but you're hanging on pitch 2 of 5, and you can't take off your harness.
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Re: Why would you ever need a 2 way zip on a hardshell?

Postby seb » Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:50 pm

Or you climb in your shell, like most do.
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Re: Why would you ever need a 2 way zip on a hardshell?

Postby norco17 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:04 am

seb wrote:Or you climb in your shell, like most do.

Maybe most do in your area, but most don't in my area.
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