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The front-zip Al­pha 3 has an asym­met­ri­cal clo­sure set at a slight an­gle, with a wide in­te­rior flap to the in­side of the col­lar, cov­ered by an outer flap. If closed with care, the seal is quite ef­fec­tive. But the front zip wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily eas­ier to get on or off than a typ­i­cal rear zip be­cause the suit was no­tice­ably snug in the shoul­ders and hips, which re­quired a fair bit of tug­ging to get in place (zips on the wrist and an­kles made it eas­ier). In­side, the Al­pha 3 has thick, plush lin­ing; the in­te­rior seams have slight ridges, but they weren’t no­tice­able when wear­ing the suit. Seams in the un­der­arms and crotch are backed with tape, and there are re­in­forc­ing patches at seam junc­tions. Wrists and an­kles have rolled smooth-skin seals, but the zip­pers have no in­te­rior flaps, al­low­ing a bit of wa­ter to seep in. With its snug fit, graph­ics and col­ors giv­ing a sort of su­per­hero look, the Al­pha 3 was one of the more eye-catch­ing suits in our test.

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