My department seems to have a lot of issues with the Mustang Ice Commander suits leaking from the zipper. Does anyone else seem to be having this problem? I’m leaning more towards that fact that either the zippers aren’t being lubed therefore making it harder for the teeth to engage or the fact that they are always rolled back up and stowed as per factory instructions back in their original bags. The suits on an average drill night see 2-3 firefighters rotating in and out of them and probably 6 drills during the winter months.
Im not sure how you store the suits. However you should NEVER store the suits hanging as the weight will pull the seems apart. The wax that you use on the zipper will also matter. The wax should be applied before zipping up and after each use. If you have the ZIP-LOCK stlye zipper you have to use the lube not wax.
Last but not least the suits were not meant for hours of training and abuse. I find many say (Blame) the zipper when in fact the water is coming through the neck.
We have been using the Ice Commander for years. However last year we got a deal on the Stearns cold water suit and I will say there is a reason why it was a deal. They are for training only.
We dont use a PFD with our suits unless its a dry suit being used. Too much floatation makes for a hard swim.