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Old 26 December 2015, 16:18   #1
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Budget drysuit recomendations

I'm getting frustrated not being able to get on the water, so while its currently mild i am thinking of a dry suit (always been a wetsuit wearer) this will be for surface activities but it must be able to withstand dives to 2-3m under water.

dont want to spend much more than 200 if i can help it something like 2016 Typhoon Hypercurve 3 B Z Drysuit Ankle Seals Black Red 100142 Underfleece - 100142 - Mens - All or 2016 Gul Dartmouth Eclip Zip Drysuit Charcoal Red Underfleece Gm0378 - Gm0378 - Mens - All Drysuits

not sure whether to go for ankle seals or socks?

This is what i need it for as well as general water sports use

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Old 26 December 2015, 18:34   #2
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In you're case I'd forget the "budget" option and go good quality second hand.
I recently got the Wife a Musto HPX (worn once!) for that sort of money which she's made up with!.....just a shame it wasn't in my size!!!

Although,thinking about it ....That could mean she'd be my size!
If you do go New...Socks/Boots every time!
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I just want to know if the typhoon/crewsaver are up to being submerged or not i'd rather not fight my way into a winter wetsuit if i can help it.... been looking at some of the kitesurf type. Problem is most use dones are quite small maybe people underestimate their size or people my size don't do extreme watersports.........
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I bought a logo drysuit about 2 months ago mostly for kayaking but will be using it in the rib as it's so comfortable to wear. Have a look on Web. 300 but worth every penny
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As a scuba diver...

I use a typhoon dry suit. I use it while ribbibg too.

I'd get one with the boots, not ankle seals.

I got mine on ebay, almost brand new - for less than 200.

There are often bargains going in winter when people give up and sell there whole kit.

Either get a cheap undersuit (northern diver do some good low cost ones) or just thick joggies, socks and a sweatshirt underneath. Toastie warm and dry! Why be uncomfortable on the water!!??
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Nothern diver dry suit large. perfect condition large size 9 boots

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What size are you?
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I bought a logo drysuit about 2 months ago mostly for kayaking but will be using it in the rib as it's so comfortable to wear. Have a look on Web. 300 but worth every penny

I assume that was meant to be Lomo but the autocorrect got you? I know a few people who have been happy with theirs, but I've heard far more stories of them leaking.

Musto HPX are good but ruinously expensive unless you strike lucky. Typhoon are good (I currently have a Multisport 4 and I'm very happy with it). Ravenspring used to be all the rage with ribbers but I haven't heard much of them recently. Any of these should be fine.

I prefer fitted boots, but have got a suit with fabric socks at the moment which is fine. I'd avoid latex socks or ankle seals though. I would definitely look for breathable fabric as it will make a big difference to how dry you are at the end of the day.

Wetsuit Outlet generally have good prices and their service is excellent. They often have deals on last year's designs too. For second hand kit you could try kayaking forums or Facebook groups - there are a lot more kayakers than ribbers so there's more choice of used kit.
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Nothern diver dry suit large. perfect condition large size 9 boots

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Medium broad love that hey brought that size out......

9 would be tight and not sure I would get the boots in ( was looking at latex sock models) the bindings on the board. Typhoon multi sport looks great but more than I was hopin to spend new, looking at trident orbit, Gul Dartmouth and a couple of others in the 200-300 bracket 200 better as I have a monster to feed!

It's the impact into the water that worries me with the surface suits, considered a hybrid but doesn't that mean I'll be struggling to get it on and then wet through, the idea is to arrive, suit up, launch, fly, recover, go home in 2hours ish

Wetsuit outlet were fab, seen a good deal on the gul Dartmouth in eBay can't afford it really till end of January so will keep an eye out on eBay etc but if anyone sees a bargain please let me know. Can't wait to get out but my summer wetsuit isn't going to cut it as I found out last March......
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It's the impact into the water that worries me with the surface suits
Surface suit or diving suit, the seals are the same and the fabric is waterproof.

Diving suits have purge valves and may have more durable material, but there's not that much difference in how they work.
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I have a ex dive school drysuit for sale. It has brand new size 10 boots fitted and I have a brand new neck seal ready to be fitted. Going for 150 let me know if you would like more information. Simon
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