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Old 05 January 2015, 09:33   #1
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Leaky drysuit replacement

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Bought a new Gul drysuit late last year to replace my old leaky one. I use it for both Ribs and dinghy sailing. Cutting to the chase, the pee zip is leaking on the new one and the retailer has offered to replace it with either the Musto MPX drysuit or the new Typhoon Max-B.

Both look very good and both look up to the job...don't think either will disappoint.

Does anyone have any experience with either and given the option, which one would you go for?

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Old 05 January 2015, 09:47   #2
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No experience with those suits - although I'd like to have!!!

Which Gul model was leaking?
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Old 05 January 2015, 09:53   #3
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As far as I'm aware the Typhoon has glide-skin neck and wrist seals and the MPX has latex seals.

Latex seals are tight (if left uncut or cut to the correct size) but over a short length of seal (think a cone with the top cut off, only sealing where the tight top of it connects to your neck/cuff). Whereas glide-skin isn't as tight but has a longer length of seal. (The water probably just gets bored and gives up trying to get in!)

I have a kayaking top with latex seals that is uncomfortable after a days wear, but a diving dry-suit with glide-skin seals that I can happily wear all day. Both are as dry as each other IMHO.
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Latex seals typically last only a year or so before needing to be replaced. They should be washed (or at least rinsed) with soapy water after use to remove skin oils which damage the latex, then coated with unscented talc or cornstarch to prevent sticking and shield them from ozone. Store away from ozone sources and airborne fuels (electric motors, water heaters, furnaces, etc.)

I assume the "glideskin" seals are neoprene? If so, they shouldn't require replacement. Factor that in to your cost analysis.

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My Missus has a Typhoon with the "Glide Skin" (fancy term for neoprene) seals & is happy to wear it all day. I've had various diving drysuits over the years & it's neoprene every time, they are more robust, comfortable, easy to look after & last for years. I'd by a Musto drysuit tomorrow if they had neoprene seals, but the latex seals are a showstopper imho. I'll probably be buying a Typhoon this year to replace my 10year old membrane diving drysuit, that's seen LOTS of action & still has the original neoprene neck seal.
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Thanks all, supports my gut feel - I had a latex neck seal on my old diving drysuit and it chaffed after a weekend.

The Typhoon also has Gore-tex socks as opposed to latex. Hopefully a little less prone to damage...but maybe harder to repair?

Willk - its the Gul Code Zero. The pee zip has leaked on 2 suits so far so I'm giving up on Gul. Like the suit but there's no point if it gets you wet.
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Latex seals typically last only a year or so before needing to be replaced. They should be washed (or at least rinsed) with soapy water after use to remove skin oils which damage the latex, then coated with unscented talc or cornstarch to prevent sticking and shield them from ozone. Store away from ozone sources and airborne fuels (electric motors, water heaters, furnaces, etc.)

I assume the "glideskin" seals are neoprene? If so, they shouldn't require replacement. Factor that in to your cost analysis.

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I have had my Crewsaver drysuit with latex neck, cuffs, and feet for a good 6 years now.

I always rinse after use and then make sure it's nice and dry before folding up and storing away.

I have never put talc or anything else on the latex and it is still as good as new so I guess that it is just a matter of how well you look after your gear at the end of the day.

I agree with neoprene being a lot comfier and is probably better for rib use but for kayaking and canoeing latex is best
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Hmm, I was looking at the Gul code zero too...... maybe I'll shift target to the Typhoons instead.
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Ovey - the lady at the retailer mentioned that her husband also swapped out a Code Zero for a Musto because of the leaky pee zip. Apparently had a dodgy batch of zips on the 2014 suit. Probably resolved on the 2015 suit but I'm not taking the chance.
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I have a gul BS and a musto hpx BS had neoprene neck which is ok but not as waterproof as the musto
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