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Old 22 February 2002, 16:01   #11
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Hi Nick

I have little experience with drysuit coating but have considerable experience of outdoor waterproofs which I understand dry suits use the same coatings.

In the past the coated materials did not peform as well but these days thare are just as good. Depending on who you talk to some say they are better then gore-tex.

It should be noted that gore-tex is a laminated material the gore-tex being a membrane glued to the main material. The membrage is usually sandwitched between two other layers (3 laye gore-tex or may even be just two layers (Done for weight so likley not found on drysuits)

As far as protective areas, well you can buy the glue and as the material does not need to be watreproof,for the patchs it is an easy job to add some wear patchs.

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Old 23 February 2002, 17:52   #12
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Thanks for the answers guys.

Originaly I thought I would need the drysuits as an extra form of protection for the crew of PYTHEAS 2,our boat during our Black Sea circumnavigation sceduled for this summer.

My research shows contitions there to be roughly the same for this time of year as in the Med and Aegean so according to your suggestions I might finally save the money for a better epirb or a glass of cold vodka at Novorossiysk!
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Old 26 February 2002, 03:46   #13
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Nick Reid,

Not laughing really. I just realize how blessed we all Med people are. Specially we Greeks, the children of Gods, living in a godlike land.
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Old 26 February 2002, 10:42   #14
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That has a great ring to it. In the Pacific Northwest we're the children of mold spores, but we love it, too!

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Old 26 February 2002, 17:47   #15
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Hi all,

If you're still thinking of a dry suit, I can recommend the musto hpx. As well as a rib I also have a racing trimaran (sailboat), a very wet boat and I also race on other fast boats like catamarans.

In the summer I often wear t shirt & shorts under the dry suit, no sweating, no problem. Even on a warm day, a fast pace and continual soaking can chill you. I do this on the rib and the sail boat.

It's a very strong, well made garment and I routinely wear it for checking under the hull...it doesn't leak. And the after sales is good too.

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Old 27 February 2002, 03:22   #16
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These are indeed superb drysuits -- as tested by Alan Priddy & crew crossing the Atlantic in 1997!

However, they are not cheap. In fact you could probably by two Ravenspring suits for the price of one HPX.

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Hey John,

Have you used a Ravenspring suit. Any shortcomings? I'm comparing that to a used Multifab gore-tex suit I have on approval from a company that Sirzap told me about. They, Concorde Aero Sales, state that I can't do field repairs on the suit; it must be sent to their repair station for any repairs, and I know I have to have field repairable equipment across the board. Any comments?
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I haven't actually.

When I first saw them I thought that they looked rather lightweight and wasn't sure how well they would stand up to live on a RIB. However, I know several people who do have them, and I have yet to hear a bad word about the drysuits or the customer service.

Whichever you go for, do make sure that you get a fly zip -- you'll regret it if you don't!

For what it's worth, my personal preferences are for the main zip across the back as I find it more comfortable than a front diagonal zip (and after a bit of practice I can now do it up and undo it unassisted!). I also definitely prefer built in boots rather than latex feet as it avoids having to keep a stinking, wet pair of trainers to wear with the drysuit!

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OK - after getting a little damp on the Thames.... I've been looking at the Ravenspring web site. - 2 Questions

1) The 2 piece suit looks more flexable - are these simular to the camel suits and what are peoples opinions of 2-piece vrs 1-piece suits

2) After the "foot-wear" thread turning into a Land Rover discussion What do people recomend when buying a new suit?

My gut feeling would be to go for the 2 piece - with "comfort zip" - and built in boots.

As this will be my first dry-suit and hopefully it will last many years anybodys past experiance welcome!!

(Hopefully I can get it before Cardiff!)

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Jools,

I have just bought my first dry suit from RS. It is the one piece model with boots and comfort zip. They would appear to be very good bits of kit but as I have no previous experience I don't really have any benchmark to go on. As JK said, they do seem rather thin but I understand that they are to keep water out only, not warmth. This is derived from the various layers that you would wear underneath. I have one with the rear zip which the instructions state "must be operated by another person". Like JK, I am managing to close the zip on my own but "the management" has said that I look hilarious doing it.

If you want it before Cardiff, I would give them a ring and let them know asap as I believe they can work miracles.
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