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Old 02 October 2013, 16:17   #11
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I'm finding it hard to justify (to myself) getting a dry suit or Musto at ~400+ when I can get a floatation suit for <100 with good thermal protection classification. The care and maintainance of the Fladen/Abu Garcia/Sundridge type suits seems better than dry suits (seals etc) too.

What am I missing?
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Old 02 October 2013, 16:19   #12
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Old 02 October 2013, 16:28   #13
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Just cos you don't need one as your rib is part of your garden furniture now
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Old 02 October 2013, 16:30   #14
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Dry suits are better by far, flotation suits do not keep you dry while in the drink.
The Fladen suits do claim some thermal protection,
"5C water, 60 mins, max 2C temperature loss 37.4C to 35.4C"

For the trips I do, that would be sufficient IMHO.

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They just!! well...keep you afloat.
I have a decent lifejacket for that, so just interested in staying alive long enough in cold water.
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What am I missing?
That they're a waste of time for long wet days at/in sea?

OK for showers and long splashy days in the cold. Mustrib spent three hours in the drink. In a Fladen he'd have been bollixed. As it was, he got back on the horse and rode home.

I have a Fladen and I've pushed it to the limits. Fine for what they are, but no replacement for a drysuit (I have one of those too so a fair comparison)
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Oh yes BS for defo
Just cos you don't need one as your rib is part of your garden furniture now
Just wait while next season, it will be doing plenty
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The Fladen suits do claim some thermal protection,
"5C water, 60 mins, max 2C temperature loss 37.4C to 35.4C"

For the trips I do, that would be sufficient IMHO.

I have a decent lifejacket for that, so just interested in staying alive long enough in cold water.
Fine ... and better than nothing at all.
Just think of when you may need to get in the water intentionally,
picking up a pot buoy, launching, recovering, and for me, not being wet means I will stay out on the water longer and enjoy the rest of the day. Nothing worse than being wet and cold when you dont need to be.
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The Fladen suits do claim some thermal protection,
"5C water, 60 mins, max 2C temperature loss 37.4C to 35.4C"

For the trips I do, that would be sufficient IMHO.

I have a decent lifejacket for that, so just interested in staying alive long enough in cold water.
I've got both drysuit & flotation/survival suit. If you are slip or beach launching in a flotation suit, you will get wet unless you wear waders on top, you won't in a drysuit. If you are on a pontoon or being launched by a tractor, then a flotation suit will do, however in heavy weather or rough seas, you will still get wet. As Kerny says, Drysuits are dry & flotation suits float.
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Also you do not have to spend 400 quid for a good dry suit you can get a decent one for less than 300 like a crewsaver if you shop around
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