Smooth wetsuit top with trunks connector

rgruber

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Anyone recommend a nice smoothie wetsuit top that has a loop to lace to your trunks. My old Xcel one is shot and I tried an O'Neill front zip one but it had no loop so concerned it would end up riding up.

Short back zip, front zip whatever just need smoothie and trunk connector.
 

MathDebater

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I had the same Xcel smoothie top and ended up getting their non-smoothie top to replace it because it had the trunk connector and waist cinch. You didn't mention the waist cinch but I find it crucial, I tried a few other options and they didn't feel nearly as secure when paddling because the waist felt loose relative to my old top. I find the new one to be just as warm as my old smoothie top but I don't surf when it's that windy.

Otherwise it looks like smoothie tops are exclusively for front zip jackets now. Resin swirlies only.
 
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Sharkbiscuit

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I had the same Xcel smoothie top and ended up getting their non-smoothie top to replace it because it had the trunk connector and waist cinch. You didn't mention the waist cinch but I find it crucial, I tried a few other options and they didn't feel nearly as secure when paddling because the waist felt loose relative to my old top. I find the new one to be just as warm as my old smoothie top but I don't surf when it's that windy.

Otherwise it looks like smoothie tops are exclusively for front zip jackets now. Resin swirlies only.
Don't scare me like that. Sooner or later I'll have to replace mine, and there damn sure won't be any front zips attending.

 
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It’s not that hard to add one yourself. I’ve done it a few times using some paracord.

if you haven’t had to sew a suitcase or board coffin back together 2hrs before an international trek of flights home, you haven’t lived.

learn to add the loop and buy the top that makes the most sense. solved
 

ReForest

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No wetsuit top needed in my hood. Just a shirt. Water is crazy warm. :cool::shaka::waving:
 

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Don't scare me like that. Sooner or later I'll have to replace mine, and there damn sure won't be any front zips attending.

you a XXXL?
 

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That was my experience with tops that don't have a waist cinch, with the cinch everything stays nicely in place. With neither I could feel the top moving around when I paddled if a little water got under it.
 
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