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Old 07 September 2006, 16:01   #11
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I have a Musto HPX drysuit which is excellent. They are very expensive new, but very reasonable second hand on Ebay. There are usually great bargains after a round the world sailing event ends & the crews dump their used Musto gear on Ebay.

Mine is a little battle hardened but at I think reasonable value at 120.

One think you may like to consider is the position of the main zip. Mine is at shoulder level at the back. It's virtually impossible to zip up on my own, but much more comfortable when done up than the ones with a zip at the front.

I agree with the other comment made - go for a breathable material if you can & have a "comfort" zip. Absolutely essential after a few breakfast beers work their way through your system on a long trip
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Old 07 September 2006, 16:07   #12
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floatation suits are the way forward ! i work in one when it gets a bit bad ! go for a two piece then you can all ways take your jacket off i have a one piece and if the sun does ever get out you end up with sweaty ollops !!!!! if you shop around you will get a set of boots thrown in as well . Hope this helps ? .
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Old 07 September 2006, 16:44   #13
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Depends on your intended useage.......

We often play with the knee board, inflatables and other toys, so tend to end up in the water a lot. I dont have a dry suit for use on my own RIB. I invested in a set of good wet suits - a Gul Shorty (Short arms and legs) for summer use and a full suit (Gul Steamer) for winter use, with a pair of good neoprean typhoon boots, neoprean gloves and a Typhoon neoprean balaclava - i look like the man off the 'because the lady loves Milk tray ad - except I look like I've eaten 'all' the chocolates........ for about 10 years!!!). (Stop laffin !) I've also got a Flaven 1 piece floatation, which cost me 65 which if I've been in the drink in the winter or when its really cold, I can put on over the full wet suit and be a warm as 'toast'.

I'm also a volunteer with Hornsea Inshore Rescue and we wear the woolly bear under full dry suits with boots, the helmet and all the gear and if you go in the drink with a dry suit on, and you're not used to the experience it can be unpleasant as the water pressure tightens seals around the neck, wrist etc.

Personally for leisure use, i find my own kit gives me greater movement & flexibility when dry, with equal warmth and comfort - and I'd only be in the water with the wet suit on, which again gives me greater flexibility and comfort. Plus if you get a hole in a dry suit when you're at sea, you've got a 'bag'. This is not an issue with a wet suit and floatation suit.

My advice is if you're a ribster - you're gonna get wet, and it depends on your useage, If you never intentionally go in the drink for sports / similar, you probably wouldnt ever buy a wetsuit, but a modern good quality wet suit is very comfortable, they let in very little water, when worn correctly and wont become a bag, if you accidentally hole it.

Try a few different types of kit - see which works for you.

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Old 07 September 2006, 16:49   #14
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My Brother in law swears by them he has a Gul came in handy when on the way to Aldnerney his prop got fouled by some rope, he had to get into the water to cut though it,
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One crucial thing though - when you put the drysuit on, do everything up, then from a standing position gently hold open the neck seal, and crouch down to the ground.

This will expel much of the air inside, meaning you look less like something inflatable from Ann Summers.

If you do go in the water, quickly place a finger in the nexk seal (not letting water in) and try to put your feet under water - again, this expels air and will help you float in a more head-up position.
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Old 08 September 2006, 03:44   #16
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If you do go in the water, quickly place a finger in the nexk seal (not letting water in) and try to put your feet under water - again, this expels air and will help you float in a more head-up position.
Yeah, very important. The last thing you want if you have the misfortune to go upside down in the water is having all the air at your feet. Makes getting your head up again a whole load more interesting

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Old 08 September 2006, 05:44   #17
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Many thanks, lots of info there

It will probably have to wait till next time I am over in the UK as it seems there are lots of different types and it needs to be something I can easily get on single handed, I hadn't appreciated that it can be difficult to get in to one without assistance so it sounds like a "try before you buy" may be required to make sure it is suitable, don't want to ship one 8000 miles and find it doesn't fit (I am a fat bugger) or I can't zip it up!

I'd thought they started at about 300 but I didn't realise you could get cheaper ones.

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Old 08 September 2006, 07:56   #18
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Made to measure so it fits even if your an odd shape, bit like meself.
Chris is very helpful.

As well as made to measure you can have all the extras fitted too...pockets, zip flies, range of boots etc.

They will be at SIBS for the first time this year might be worth a visit and a chat

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Avoid neoprene diving suits unless you fancy diving in one that is, they are ok but are heavy to wear and a bit cumbersome to move about in. You sometimes see ex-mod goretex suits around, if cheap these are good.
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One with built-in wellies is probably better as well. I have one with just "socks" and these are always getting torn. I've repaired it several times but it still leaves you with damp feet.
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