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Old 04 January 2005, 15:18   #1
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What drysuit do you use/recomend? I'm going to the boatshow and will probably return having ordered one. The only thing I an sure of is that I want hard boots, not socks.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts,
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Old 04 January 2005, 15:22   #2
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Mark - this has been discussed before so do a search. My other half swears by his Ravenspring. They custom make them to fit and hard boots is an optional extra (more ££ I'm afraid!). They were at Southampton Boat Show so should be at Excel (just checked - they're on stand N1151). They're on the web too www.ravenspring.co.uk . HTH
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Old 04 January 2005, 15:37   #3
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What drysuit do you use/recomend? I'm going to the boatshow and will probably return having ordered one. The only thing I an sure of is that I want hard boots, not socks.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts,
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Typhoon WOSS with fully breathable yellow top and hard boots. This is the same suit as used by the RNLI and of course myself. No harm in having a good undersuit and this you can also get from Typhoon ie the XCU comes to mind

checkout also www.typhoon-int.co.uk
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Gavin has had nothing but trouble with his one ... I think he is on his third or fourth now ..... I think it would make a better tea bag , because it lets in so much water
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Is Gavins' not a Helly Hansen?

BTW thks for a fun day on dec 28.

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Old 05 January 2005, 03:13   #6
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Ravenspring made to measure and hard boots for me
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Is Gavins' not a Helly Hansen?

BTW thks for a fun day on dec 28.

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Yeah your 100% right .. But when you are dyslexic it looks allthe same!!

28 DEC yeah good blast....our Rib is out for its yearly service , water pumps , antifoul anodes etc ......

BACK TO THE PIONT

I have a ravenspring, with comfert zip and origanily I had the Boots .... I got pissed off with the boots , as 1, they marked the white hull and console when you rubberd off of it , and 2, I couldnt fit in water skis (not that I can ski or anything like that) .

Ravenspring replaced the boots with socks , and I use sailing wetsuit boots now, which are fine .....

There service is A1
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with comfert zip
Good point Tim! Highly recommended by my other half too. And apparently the horizontal is more comfortable than the vertical!
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Old 05 January 2005, 08:35   #9
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Not a dry suit (although do own my diving one....very comfortable DUI, but big bucks) I use a Cosalt Cormorant flotation suit, which keeps me very warm and very dry.......unless chucked in the drink........but keeps you warm and more importantly afloat whilst the lifeboat is on it's way!

I use both and to be honest the quicker I can get out of my drysuit the better I feel. They can be very restricting and despite numerous attempts to alter the neck seal can cause chaffing unless copious amounts of KY are involved.

Personally I couldn't recommend the Cosalt flotation suits highly enough and are I believe made for the oil riggs. They do a heavy duty which is the one I have and then a thinner lighter one which would be mores suited to summer.

But if you like spending time wading around in the water then drysuit would be preferable! Loads of makes out there just a case of preference and cash!?
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After trawling the previous threads last year I bought a Ravenspring and have been very pleased with it. I have a membrane diving drysuit as well but the fact the Ravenspring is breathable makes a massive difference to comfort especially during launching, recovering etc.
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Old 05 January 2005, 18:40   #11
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I have the Ravenspring 2 piece dry suit (duo). I only wear both halves in poor conditions, bottom half only for wading outside summer (combined with fleece / jacket etc). Very practical.
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I have got a Ravenspring with the built in boots etc. It is 5 years old not and needs replacing.
I went into their Totnes office and found out that the only boots they fit now are GREEN!!!! They cannot get any black ones. This has put me off a bit. Perhaps fine if you ride horses or have a Barbour jacket??
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I use a Gul Solent Drysuit and can recommend it.

http://www.wetsuitoutlet.co.uk/produ...products_id=74

At £200 I bought it as a reasonably priced replacement for my old rnli style typhoon suit.

The neoprene neck seals are certainly a lot softer on the neck, although lets in a slight amount of water if you take a wave over the head.

It's only 4 months old but seems durable enough. The lack of built in boots wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be - wetsuit boots dont do as much damage to the boat.
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If you are at the boatshow, go and see Ryan at the Andark stand - he boats and dives, and will probably do a good boat show deal

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Recommended Drysuits

IMHO,

If you are looking for a light weightsummer suit then Ravenspring are hard to beat on cost & fit.

Regarding the Woss Suit this is an excellent suit but make sure you get your measurements right.

Ultimate is an musto HPX Survival Suit. Totaly breathable and completely waterproof. This suit is designed to take the extreme ellements and beleive me they work. A one suit to do all jobs.

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Thanks for all your replies, just got back from the show having ordered the Ravenspring, I found them very good to deal with and nothing was too much trouble, Black boots no problem! I'll let you know how it goes in a couple of weeks.

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