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Old 25 September 2007, 03:52   #11
Country: UK - England
Town: Crawley, West Sussex
Boat name: Sussex Explorer
Make: Quinquari
Length: 10m +
Engine: 2 x 200hp etecs
Join Date: Aug 2006
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Originally Posted by jyasaki View Post
A dive shop employee buddy of mine had a "custom" drysuit built for him. He's about 6'5", and slightly over 300 lbs (big puppy.) Despite taking all measurements per the factory's instructions, the resulting suit was large enough to fit 2 of him inside (which, I suppose, means it was f*cking huge... Circus tent huge.)

An off-the-shelf wetsuit that fit his torso had fully a foot of material that had to be folded back at each cuff.

Not that I care; I'm pretty close to an off-the-shelf size.

Dry Suit manufacturer is a bit different over in the UK from the US, in the UK we have more than 50 different drysuit manufacturers (and think of the size of the UK compared to the US.)
Due to this the quality and prices are very good, I know of several people who have had made to measure suits that weren't sized right. The suits were sent back and new suits made at no extra cost. The one proviso is that the manufacturer or the selling shop measures you, ie if you measure yourself and hand the sizes to the shop/manufacturer they are not taking the rap for your bad measuring!

If your mate is actually using a drysuit that is so ill fitting I would say that it would endanger safety due to the rate at which you could dump that amount of buoyancy!


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Old 25 September 2007, 04:24   #12
Country: UK - England
Town: Lee on the Solent
Boat name: Saintlee
Make: Leeway
Length: 6m +
Engine: Evinrude DI 115
Join Date: Jul 2006
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Originally Posted by Nos4r2 View Post

I wonder if any manufacturers will read this?
We do a lot of work with Gul as they support our sailing campaign and to be fair to them they take all the feedback they can get! It is noticeable that they then act on it as well. We are now on our second batch of production stuff and it is noticeable that a number of the changes (including sizing!) that we recommended/suggested have been incorporated. As well as getting good quality kit it is also refreshing to know that a manufacturer does give a f**k and is willing to learn from the experience of the users.

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