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Old 24 March 2019, 13:06   #1
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Drysuit Advice Required

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I've tried a few 'surface' drysuits on this weekend ( Gil/Gul & Crewsaver) and although generally happy with the overall fit and feel of them, one thing that I definitely didn't like about ANY of them was the tightness of the neck tube. I know it's got to be pretty damn snug to do it's job, but these were so tight that they actually felt like they were restricting breathing and sending my face a decent shade of red!. I tried the next size up in all 3 and although the neck felt a little better, the mass of extra body material and length mean they really weren't the right size for me. So, my question is....do the necks 'give' a little with regular wear, and is it possible to stretch them as well? They were the neoprene glideskin type, size I need is medium, and I haven't exactly got an oversized neck (just 15.5in shirt collar!).
Ive heard of some using a rugby ball etc for a few days or a week to loosen it off a bit but I'd be interested to hear owners views. I guess the only other options would be to either have one made to measure or an off-the-peg one altered by a drysuit altering professional ??. Opinions welcome
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Old 24 March 2019, 13:32   #2
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The last (only) neoprene neck seal I had slackened off quite a lot over its lifetime. Maybe 1" – 1 ½".


I'd have thought the rugby ball trick would be worth a go. I'm not sure if you can trim a neoprene seal back to the right size like you would with latex.
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I tried stretching a latex neck seal over a pan for a couple of days. It made a small but noticeable difference.

Latex neck seals have rings you can trim them down to make the neck wider.

What I found worked well with mine was just pulling it down lower on my neck. Seems daft but it worked for me
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They were the neoprene glideskin type, size I need is medium, and I haven't exactly got an oversized neck (just 15.5in shirt collar!).
I've used these over many years (one suit for a decade) an the neck didn't change worth a damn.

I think off the shelf sizing might be your problem - that and the fact(?) that different people have different tolerances to neck restrictions. If you aren't a Conservative MP then a bit of extra collar space is a plus. At medium, 15.5" is a tad oversize, particularly when you consider that lads fix their collar and undercrackers sizing when they are 21yo...

IMO, you may be in "special order" territory.
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IMO, you may be in "special order" territory.
Mmm...I feared as much. Didn't really want that extra 'special order' expense for a first one tho.. But it might be worth it in the long run.
There are some repair places that replace neck seals for £30-£60 so I could explore the possibility of getting an off-the-peg suit which fits perfectly in every other way and getting a replacement neck seal the correct size for my expanding 52yr old, 15.5" neck
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Ask the retailer first. Seals are simple. You cut the suit, you void the warranty.
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Ask the retailer first. Seals are simple. You cut the suit, you void the warranty.
Yes, fair point made. If I had it altered I guess would have to accept the warranty period coming to an instant end.
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Some latex neck seals are designed to be cut they have ribs round them.
For comfort get a suit with 2 MM neoprene seals talc the seals always and invert the seal inwards on the neck. Don't shave before you use it because the seal irritates the skin but you do need seals that fit and you need to get use to wearing one


Sealskin in Leeds do surface suits around £400 made to measure you download a form with loads of measurements on it and spec your suit that way you get a good fit which will last years
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Mmm...I feared as much. Didn't really want that extra 'special order' expense for a first one tho.. But it might be worth it in the long run.
There are some repair places that replace neck seals for £30-£60 so I could explore the possibility of getting an off-the-peg suit which fits perfectly in every other way and getting a replacement neck seal the correct size for my expanding 52yr old, 15.5" neck
Thanks all.
I bought a musto suit that to get my shoulders in had to be for a six foot man ,as i am only 5ft 6" i needed at least 6 " off the legs ,musto directed me to Hammond dry suits at dartford in kent , first exit and 1 mile after the dartford crossing , absolute stunning british family owned company ,did my alteration and i collected when passing a week later ,also do made to measure suits but may be a bit rolls royce for ribbing
https://www.hammond-drysuits.co.uk/d...rice-list.html
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I have quite a fat neck and my typhoon neoprene neck was restricting the blood flowing and I could feel my carotid artery pulse the first few times I used it but I persevered with the purple face lol and now it feels the most comfortable fit ever .(it is my first dry suit and I think that I was just feeling claustrophobic with the neck seal thing though I doubt I would like a latex neck ) the latex wrist seals responded well to it being stored with an empty stella bottle in each wrist. place I bought it did say if I couldn't get used to it they could send it to typhoon to be altered as there local to me
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