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Old 27 November 2012, 17:47   #31
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Any dry suit can be orally inflated.
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Old 27 November 2012, 17:49   #32
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Got it, when it's not being worn.
Genius......went straight over.
Takes a while...............
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Are you feeling a little bored tonight? Recommending a wetsuit over a drysuit for ribbers on safety grounds is a little naughty - especially when your definition of superiority is it's ability to perform after a jetski MOB.

Without exception, the rescue bodies in Northern Europe wear drysuits for surface ops, with the exception of summertime surf rescue.

Your post reminds me of the dreadful Twim's Titanic Post - seriously dude!
I'm not recommending anything, people can wear what they like; I used to wear my girlfriends tights when I was a fisherman. All I'm saying is that very few of us have ever jumped overboard at speed. If you try it you'll notice that your boat or ski ends up miles away, hitting the sea hurts like a mother f*cker and that you'll probably have considerable neck flush. You'll also feel disorientated and anxious. I would prefer to wear a wetsuit in those conditions mainly, if I'm being honest, because they're easier to swim in. Most ribbers will never go over the side but it's an occupational hazard with jet skis. As for the original query, I reckon the guy should strip off and launch in his shorts and dry off afterwards; he'll save some money if nothing else. And yes, I am bored; I'm waiting for Family Guy to come on.
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I thought this was all about wellies and how high they went.
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Back to the original question....
We use chest waders - especially in winter. You can get PVC ones from Lidl (when they are doing them) for about 15 each, and they've been as reliable as the more expensive (about 40) rubber ones we also have.
If they do spring a small leak (typically you'll find one sock wet one day) they are easy to fix with the supplied PVC patches or if you get rubber waders bicycle inner-tube patches seem to have worked well!
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You'll also feel disorientated and anxious.
Yeah, I get that too sometimes - we have more in common than I realised.
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I used to wear my girlfriends tights when I was a fisherman.
That's just the kind of thing I mean - I also used to wear your girlfriend's tights when you were out fishing...

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Got it, when it's not being worn.
Genius......went straight over.
Takes a while...............
Pull the neck seal over your mouth and blow. In through the nose, out through the mouth. It works. Maybe not under water
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willk, I know.......was just "ribbing" (sic).
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Agree, and I am guilty of thread drift too.

Back to the OP, in the summer if its nice I will wade in in shorts and flip flops. The rest of the time I wear these Ron Thompson Neo-Force Waders (Cleated 40/41, UK shoe size 6/7) | GO Outdoors

The reason why I prefer waders is I have a newish car and it is easy to jump out of these quickly to drive the boat and trailer up the slip after launching/recovery without getting saltwater in the car. Did it once in a rush in a drysuit with my wellies on and the wells were full of water when I sat down all the salt water in the wellies went all over the foot well....not good and stains

I suppose a drysuit is safer if you tend to launch in deep water in case you slip over. You will struggle to get up if your waders fill up. As I know the depth of my rib I am never more than knee height when launching/recovering.

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