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Old 24 October 2002, 08:40   #21
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THE solution,

to that kind of problems
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Old 24 October 2002, 09:29   #22
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Re the 'Wooly Bear' to wear under the drysuite.

The ones we use for diving which are superb, they are from Andark Watersports in Southampton Tel :- 01489 581755, they are full length fleeces with zips and are ;-

Ship Shape at 29.95

Crewsaver at 39.95

Style is your own preference, same as where you choose to buy them from. These keep you toasty warm diving at 40mtrs, you have to bear in mind the lack of the wind chill factor, but at that depth with the pressure I am sure the cold would be more than the wind chill factor. Any sweat is absorbed in the fleece type material and can be washed as and when peole start standing further away from you!

Goodness, have I actually said something of value on here?

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Old 24 October 2002, 12:16   #23
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Yes. And thank you for that.
My problem was more getting hot, sweaty and sticky around the collar (yes, I have trimmed the neck seal, thanks) rather than keeping warm. Typically diving dry suits are better for thermal protection than boating drysuits, so I am quite used to adjusting various thicknesses against varying surface conditions. The answer seems to be that there isn't an answer. Anything you put under the neckseal will either get just as uncomfortable (at best) or wick moisture in (at worst).
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What about a neoprene dive hood then, they certainly keep you warm an have the flap bit to cover your neck.

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Sorry Flanker, we are talking at cross purposes again. Not surprising as this thread is trying to cover (at least) two separate subjects!!
I wear a Gekko helmet to keep me bonce warm, a snood to keep me kneck ditto and a Ravenspring drysuit to keep my little body warm. My only problems is a sweaty neck.
(As you can also see, I am trying very hard NOT to make inflamatory comments about getting hot under the collar!!)
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Ah! got it, sorry I can't help then! I've never been hot under the collar

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(perhaps the wooly things will be of interest to others, they can look quite sexy!)
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Old 24 October 2002, 14:54   #27
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Brian the answer

it is possible to buy what they call a comfort collar ( at least in america anyway cos I read about them somewhere ) as far as I am aware ?

It would appear to be a plastic collar that goes around your neck and effectively takes the strain on the stretchy seal part of your drysuit, seems to make sense

the downside is that if you do suddenly end up in the drink wearing one, water can potentially get in through the neck, might be a good solution to your problem as how many times do we actually end up neck deep in the water

as ribbers we tend to wear dry suits to keep dry when launching, to fight off spray and because they are an excellent safety feature in the cold weather

I'll see if I can find one on magic google.com

ps batfalcon that is exactly what i had in mind, post some more pics in gallery of your amazing boat
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Hi

The difference between Batfalcon's RIB and one in the UK is, his is a sunshade and over here it is to keep the rain out!

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they appear to be called topside comfort rings used for divers when they are topside, ie not underwater


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Old 25 October 2002, 06:48   #30
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comfort rings

I have seen quite a lot of people use these, but then also read quite a few reports of people getting into serious trouble when suddenly end up in water, suit fills up etc.

If you talc the neck seal well, this has worked for me and stopped the wise cracks at work when you show up with neck seal rash

Each users call I guess
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