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Old 09 February 2012, 01:52   #1
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I have just been looking online at some wet weather gear and saw some drysyits and immersion suits! I'm wondering if anyone has used an immersion suit by choice for a day out? Is there any disadvantages or advantages over using it compared to a drysuit?

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Old 09 February 2012, 08:28   #2
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I have just been looking online at some wet weather gear and saw some drysyits and immersion suits! I'm wondering if anyone has used an immersion suit by choice for a day out? Is there any disadvantages or advantages over using it compared to a drysuit?

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I'm a diver. I would not wear a wet diving suit for more than 2-3 hours.

Wet diving suits are for diving just for a while. You may get skin rush, skin circulation thrombosis and all of that.
Dry diving suits are fortunately more loose (a friend of mine used to wear a pullover down the dry suit), but much more expensive.

And best test for both: try to pee wearing one!
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You'll sweat like a pig and won't be able to move around deck worth a damn.

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Has all the insulation in it already so as your RIB is sinking in arctic waters you can finish putting it on fast. And then survive for quite a few hours assuming someone can find you.

(As an aside, it is possible to install pee valves in drysuits. They are used with condom catheters but you'll have to hand your leg over the side of the boat to use it)
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(As an aside, it is possible to install pee valves in drysuits. They are used with condom catheters but you'll have to hand your leg over the side of the boat to use it)


Think I'll stick with the pee-flap
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Think I'll stick with the pee-flap
I got one

Then again I'm diving in my suit for an hour+ not just riding around in the boat. Catheters are about $1.75 each if you know where to get them.
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I have just been looking online at some wet weather gear and saw some drysyits and immersion suits! I'm wondering if anyone has used an immersion suit by choice for a day out? Is there any disadvantages or advantages over using it compared to a drysuit?

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Some can be used bit like a dry suit up to the waist or deeper in most cases you get a bit of water seepage depending on hood neck seal , some can be bulky and clumsy but some aircrew types are a bit like a membrane dry suit with proper latex neck wrist seals and are much better.
Still best to use a life jacket even though they will float most won't turn you face up
saw an incident with an angler that was wearing one
washed of a breakwater he only spent 15 mins before rescue but was eventualy knocked face down by the waves and he drowned.
Best advantage is you survive longer in an abandonment or mob situation
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I use a Ursuit sea horse immersion suit ! Its awesome
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I have just been looking online at some wet weather gear and saw some drysyits and immersion suits! I'm wondering if anyone has used an immersion suit by choice for a day out? Is there any disadvantages or advantages over using it compared to a drysuit?

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Hi, i've got an immersion suit & think its a great suit i bought it last year off a guy on here i think it a Mustifab suit, & tested it on loch Lomond on a ringo it didn't let one drop of water in it , I just use it if the weather,s bad & a bit choppy or messing about on the ringo,s
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I dive in a drysuit and have kiteboarded and wakeboarded in drysuits. A properly fitting drysuit can be warm yet flexible at the same time. Yes you can over heat fairly quickly, but that is why you have to chose your layers carefully. I have been known to fall off the boat to cool off in my scuba drysuit. They make very nice and expensive breathable drysuits out of Goretex. That would be the best material for boating.

Yesterday I bought a box of 100 wide band caths for $113 shipped. If I wasn't diving I would opt for a zipper.

For active sports like kayaking a wetsuit can be superior exposure protection.
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