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Old 13 January 2014, 15:02   #1
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Hello I am looking to buy a drysuit having never owned or used one before.
Any advice would be useful. Is a convenience zip a good idea? Without one is it a hassle to have a pee?
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Hello I am looking to buy a drysuit having never owned or used one before.
Any advice would be useful. Is a convenience zip a good idea? Without one is it a hassle to have a pee?
Be looking to pay around 270-300 and you won't go wrong. Convenience zip is a good idea wish I would have bought one with it fitted.

Crewsaver do some decent suits but avoid Black Shadow
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but avoid Black Shadow
Don't listen to him, he's just jealous.
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Funnily enough the only one I can find coming in at my max budget of 300 with convenience zip is a Gul Code zero. It only comes in Black!!
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Big question that one.

How long are you likely to be in it? Long time? Then a pee zip or pee valve are great.

A couple of hours, man up and hold it

Rear zip, front zip or over the head bib style. Bib means pure self donning. Rear is easiest to get in and out of but needs some one to help, front zip I find a pain to get in and out and can be prone to leak before a rear one, they do however mean you can pop the bottom for venting or weeing.

Breathable or not? Breathable allows any sweat to vent off, it will not stop you sweating. Base layers can help in this by moving the sweat. In time the pores will block and fail anyhow so is it worth the extra cost? Some will say yes, other may not.

Neoprene or membrane? Neo has it's own warmth properties, membrane allows you to pick your warmth via base layers. Neo can be less flexible but stronger and resistant to abrasion.

Seals? Neo can be more comfortable, latex has better waterproofing. Self changing or glued on. Self change is simple but they can be lumpy and get in the way.

Boots - membrane socks, built in boots, latex socks, latex ankle seals? Ankles seals are ok when tied in with neoprene boots but can leave cold spots. Latex socks allow any sort of boot to go over, cheap to repair but prone to breaking / splitting. Membrane socks are great but usually mean you need to go up a size. Built in boots are common and seem to work well. I have three suits, one of each.

Do you need a full suit? Dry trousers and dry cag can be more comfortable. Dry trousers and coat works well too.

It usually comes down to price - what can you afford and what is available locally. Needs to fit well to be comfy and safe to wear.

Decathalon have some good prices on Gul suits at present, these are also available on the net. Two of mine are Polar Bears and are MTm - they are great but not cheap. My lightweight is a Typhoon and really is cheap and cheerful but great for a short hop and easy to throw on.

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Funnily enough the only one I can find coming in at my max budget of 300 with convenience zip is a Gul Code zero. It only comes in Black!!
Close enough !

Seriously - the black shadow get some stick on here ( all part of a running joke) .....

I got mine 'lightly used' ( in F8 in a SIB ! ) and love it - not looked back. So handy for wading about / jumping in etc.
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Like treerat says front zips are best, some drysuits here....

Mens - Drysuits Surface Sports - Drysuits - Crewsaver Underfleece - Snap Stick Sticks Wax Wetsuit Dry
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Initiation was a bit tough!

I was looking through Lomo's website and as far as I can see they have made their own drysuit, albeit a kayaking one, with comfort zip!

http://www.ewetsuits.com/acatalog/Drysuits-Surface.html
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My advice ..
Try to get a bright coloured suit....yellow/red - try to avoid black or grey.
Make sure it has some reflective tape/panel
A convenience zip is good and if you plan to be out on the water for some time you will be grateful you have it.
If you boat by yourself, make sure you can fully close the main zip on the suit by yourself.
I prefer neoprene/glideskin seals to latex. If you pick a suit with latex socks/feet then carry a carpet square in your car to stand on if you are putting the suit on in a car park/outdoors.
Make sure you get a good quality undersuit/thermal layer.
now... just wait for the Black Shadow boys to come along and try to convert you to the dark side !! (colour wise!)
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