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Old 22 July 2003, 09:39   #1
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Dry Suits

Anybody recommend a good/cheap drysuit. Indeed can you get a good cheap dry suit ar do you need to spend lots of money.

Also are they made in such a way so that they fit over your normal clothes and are the boots built in.

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Old 22 July 2003, 10:26   #2
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I bought a HH dry suit from a factory outlet shop in Ashford, Kent late last year for £120, its not gortex and does not breath but for that amount of money it was well worth it, i went in intending to buy a jacket to compliment my Henry Lloyd gortex salopettes and ended up buying a full dry suit, when i bought it i thought as the knees or bum are not padded then its not going to last too long but its been ok so far, and if i have to replace it every other year then its a fairly cheap outlay.

You can spend as much money as you really want, dry suits range up from the very basic to complete gortex breathable suits with pockets and zips everywhere, there's lots of different manufacturers offering all sorts of custom fitted suits and custom seals.

Things to remember if you go and try one on is that you will want to wear some form of thermal clothing underneath and the suit needs to be able to move enough for you to bend and sit comfortably whilst wearing it, if your likely to be wearing whilst on your own i'd suggest going for a front closing zip as a back one will require a second person to help.

Hope this helps a little do a search on the internet as there's loads of manufacturers, do a search on ribnet as there's been loads of talk about dry suits and feel free to ask any more questions.

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Old 22 July 2003, 10:31   #3
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Sorry forgot to mention mine has not got boots attached to it, if you buy one with boots attached it will be more money and if its got rubber socks rather than boots they will wear through unless you ware shoes or boots over them.
I cant comment if boots are a good thing or not as i dont have them on mine, i manage fine with mine the way it is and wear 5mm neoprean dive boots.

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Old 22 July 2003, 11:22   #4
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Hi Nick

I can thoroughly recommend the Ravenspring Rapide breathable drysuit. Mine has the boots fitted and I would also recommend them.

A few people I've spoken to who had the 'socks' said that next time they'd get the one with boots on.

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I got mine some years ago from Robin Hood Watersports in Heckmondwike http://www.roho.co.uk and it is still going strong, even after three seasons teaching kayaking then recreational use for a further 3 years. (Sods law says a seal will break on the next use)

They make made to measure at no extra charge and are very helpful with different options.

Mine doesn't have rubber socks or boots it has ankle seals the same as at the wrist. I can then wear whatever footwear I want. (usually neoprean boots).

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Old 22 July 2003, 12:44   #6
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Drysuits

Mine's a Trident, bought 4 years ago.

It ain't breathable, so I have to take dry clothes everywhere, but it still looks like new, and I haven't seen it leak yet.

It has boots attached, and I wear neoprene dinghy boots over them.

I'm thinking about getting a new one (expanding waistline), but I'd recommend this make to anyone and I'm going to pass it on to my 15 year old.

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Definately go with a breathable suit of some sort. I use my Otter Watersports diving drysuit, which is a seriously heavy duty trilaminate suit. Built like a bloody tank, made to measure (though sadly for someone else, who was shorter and fatter than moi). Keeps the water out, is tough, but makes you sweat like anything. Has attached boots (duh, otherwise it's not much cop for diving) and when I get round to getting a breathable suit, I'm going with boots rather than attached socks.

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Old 22 July 2003, 13:23   #8
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Ravenspring Rapide I recommend with the boots fitted. The fly zip is also worth having. They will also fit reflective tape if required.
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Agree with David. Not cheap, however. You won't have much change left from £400, but you do get what you pay for. And if you go cheaper, you won't actually stay dry.

BTW - do a search on "drysuits" this has been a popular discusion topic before.
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Be damned careful with the seals and zips too, they're the weak points. Forcing your hands through the wrist seals is a great way to cause leaks, and you won't notice until you take the suit off.
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