Toilet Access on Suits

Each year we make high altitude Down Suits and Wind Suits for clients for the Himalayan trekking and mountaineering season. One of the most discussed options on Suits is "toilet access", and with a good chance of a very long summit day, it is important to plan well ahead! In low temperatures there is the possibility of frost-nip, and the difficulty is made worse by having to wear a harness all day.

We offer two alternatives for toilet access on our full body suits:

  1. Under and Up zip: The central front zip on the suit runs from the collar, down the front of the body, past the groin and then under and up to waist level at the back. A two-way zip allows access at any place.
  2. Rainbow Seat zip: A rainbow / semicircle zip is sewn in across the backside. A two-way zip allows access and creates a drop down flap.

Both systems are simple, with low zip weight, and are usable with harness on. Which is the most popular? ...... It's about evens, so the choice is up to you!

Rainbow Zip Under and Up System