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Old 19 January 2003, 12:28   #91
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No Manos, you misunderstand me. I'm very happy with the suit and feel it was great value for money. I'd certainly recommend the Ravenspring to anyone.

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Old 19 January 2003, 12:38   #92
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I have no doubts that Ravensprings are VERY GOOD suits.
But the price, this price again!! is a bit steep. Don't you think.
And is not only the Ravensprings, Typhoon also, Crew Savers etc etc and the ones made in the US are worst.
Believe me I've checked all over the World (even when I was on a biz trip in Singapore and the US 2 months ago I've asked there too) since for me the dry suit is an item (never ever used one) that I will be using say 2-3 times a year and all other things been equal(ish) PRICE was the deciding factor!!
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Old 19 January 2003, 17:52   #93
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The acid test Manos.....have you been out in the canary yellow suit yet?

I spent the morning launching and recovering dinghies in a very cold reservoir in my humble non breathing 'Trident' suit, followed by a quick 'blat around' in a borrowed Humber Assault 5m. I was warm and dry.

Is the SA suit up to Northern hemisphere winters?

My 15 yr old has been pestering me for ages and 60 seems a bargain?
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Alright so photos aren't great indicators of quality, but personally I think the Ravensprings look much better. Also, I'd be wary of using a 60 quid drysuit much up here, I'd be much happier in my mind with one of the more pricey Ravensprings.

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Old 19 January 2003, 19:07   #95
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Mmm... mind you, you could get 6 of Manos' drysuits for the price of a Ravenspring, and even more for the price of a Musto HPX drysuit. This deserves consideration! And there's nothing wrong with yellow at sea - my two piece is yellow and nicely visible...
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Old 20 January 2003, 02:22   #96
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GUYS GUYS

SAY SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE FOR ONCE !!!

This suit is just worth 50 pounds so what is all the fuss about!! I haven't spent 400+ pounds
If you are good in maths calculate how many suits I can buy
If you don't want to buy one, don't. I never said that you should any way.
And as a matter of fact I like yellow goes quite well with blue
Now can we get serious??

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Manos, I think all the comments are constructive, but people are just a little sceptical. You don't usually get something for nothing, so I guess we're all thinking "where's the 320 saving - in the materials or in the workmanship?" And if the answer to these questions is "neither" then wow, you've either got a bargain or an import opportunity. My Ravenspring is in for alterations which will cost me nearly as much as your whole suit, so if it doesn't come back soon I may need a standby!!!
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Old 20 January 2003, 04:07   #98
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I think is low labour costs in SAfrica. That is the ONLY secret!!
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And there's nothing wrong with yellow at sea - my two piece is yellow and nicely visible...
You would look very smart on my boat, I must say Richard and Manos. This debate is interesting because it can be applied to a whole raft of items. Because something is expensive, it does not mean it is necessarily good or better than a similar product which is considerably cheaper. That said, I am of the opinion that you get what you pay for! Again, being a staunch South African I am afraid that I have to stick my neck out and say that many marine/boating products coming out of SA are inferior to what you would get over here. It is a pity and I hate to denigrate my own country, but this is unfortunately the way it is. There are of course many other products which are fantastic and far superior - I am generalising of course.
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Old 20 January 2003, 04:25   #100
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I agree with your statement. As I believe that in general what you say is a matter of fact in all and every country of the World.
So far South African products for me have been proven to be (if not better) as good as the products you find in Europe and far less expenssive.
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