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Old 25 January 2005, 04:11   #1
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Dry Suit

I am in the market for a new one.
Any suggestions?

Want breathable, neoprene neck and cuffs and front zip.
Oh and cheap would be a right bonus!

Many thanks in advance

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Old 25 January 2005, 04:28   #2
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Hi J.B, I hate to....

.....poo poo your post, however if you do a search on this very subject, you'll find we discussed this topic only a week or so ago - good luck.
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Old 25 January 2005, 04:33   #3
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.....poo poo your post, however if you do a search on this very subject, you'll find we discussed this topic only a week or so ago - good luck.
Poo poo away, i will do that very thing.
Just being lazy I guess!
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Richard reckons Ravenspring (I know, I've said it before ). They meet all your criteria apart from the neoprene neck seal (oh, but they're not particularly cheap but nowhere near as expensive as some!), but you could ask them if they would supply one instead of their standard latex one. As each suit is custom made it may be possible. HTH

Edit: anyway, regarding 'cheap' - surely (as an Icom man) you realise that you get what you pay for!
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Just as a matter of interest, what's the big deal with these Ravenspring drysuits apart from the fact that they're available with hard boots? I checked them out at the Boat Show a year ago before I bought my Typhoon and I'm afraid I failed to see what all the fuss is about. The material is incredibly thin and reminiscent of a cheap anorak from Millets, the stitching looked equally fragile, they're not available with neoprene seals (and boy, don't they make a difference), they only come in a conservative shade of blue with yellow trim and they're more expensive than much of the competition because of course they're hand-built, Sir (like an Aston Martin).
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Just as a matter of interest, what's the big deal with these Ravenspring drysuits
I think Richard reckons they're more comfortable than others (because they are custom made?). Richard has had his for 3 or 4 years now and despite not looking after it particularly well it shows no sign of wear, no seams undoing, etc. Several forum members recommended them which helped Richard make his decision. I believe they do have neoprene wrist and ankle covers which fit over the latex seals. Also, if you don't like the navy and gold it comes in navy and mulberry or navy and faded denim (for you style-conscious ribsters ).

BTW, please excuse my ignorance, but will neoprene cuffs form a waterproof seal as effectively as the latex does? (This is a genuine question, not a poor attempt at being clever . )
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but will neoprene cuffs form a waterproof seal as effectively as the latex does?
They certainly seem to whenever I've dunked my arms in the water. Haven't had to dunk my neck yet, though By the way, Lou, don't you think that winking smilie is a rather fetching shade of denim blue?
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Is denim blue the new black? And if so, have you got your RR booked in for a respray yet?
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Ravenspring

because they are made to measure.
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Neoprene wrist & neck seals are just as good for keeping out water & they are more comfortable when worn all day (no looking like someone has strung you up by the neck, a problem I suffer from with the latex seals.) My diving drysuit has Neoprene seals & I wouldn’t go back to a drysuit until I found somewhere that done membrane suits with Neoprene seals.
I then found someone who lives less than half a mile from me and manufactures made to measure dry suits.
They may not be the cheapest but if you want something a little different have a look at their website & give them a ring, if its possible they will do it.

http://www.hammond-drysuits.co.uk/

They get my
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