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Old 08 November 2002, 04:49   #31
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My fleece lining on my drysuit has elastic bands from around the ankle hanging down that fit under the feet. No discomfort at all and work perfectly, V cheap solution

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Old 08 November 2002, 07:41   #32
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The Ravenspring suits we supply now come with nice warm neoprene lined hard boots.

Steel toe caps are available as a special order option.

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Old 08 November 2002, 08:19   #33
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A drysuit in the Med!! You are mad and believe me after a few days the suit will start to hum, it will be minging after a week or so. I used one in Cyprus for a week and I was lucky that the airline allowed me to bring it home and did not mistake it for a chemical weapon.

How about good waterproofs and a gun to deal with the crew!
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Old 12 November 2002, 02:09   #34
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?Ravenspring the as such drysuit a in buoyancy any there is
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Old 12 November 2002, 04:02   #35
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Old 12 November 2002, 04:45   #36
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Actually NO THERES NOT!

I disagree with selrahC, the Ravenspring drysuit does not in itself provide much if any buoyancy. Certainly not enough to make a lifejacket uneccessary. Any bouyancy comes from air trapped in the drysuit and when you put it on you do your best to expel most of this by pulling the neck seal away from your neck and squatting. Why? Well 'cos a) you can look like the michelin man and b) (slightly more importantly) if you had lots of air in the drysuit there is a risk that if you fall in the air will go to the legs/feet rather than the torso and you will float upside down! Which is another reason why one should always wear a lifejacket EVEN if wearing a drysuit!
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I find that a normal diving drysuit provides a lot of bouyancy even with most of the air forced out. Without a weightbelt, my suit provides enough to hold me and an extra 15kg or so of stainless steel on my back at surface. Boating drysuits may be different, due to the fact that a lot of them are advertised as breatheable. If they are, then surely it's possible for air to escape from the suit through the material, which would resul in a loss of bouyancy over time anyway? Could be wrong, as I have no experience of these suits.

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Old 12 November 2002, 06:49   #38
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Absolutely no buoyancy in a membrane dry suit except for trapped air. If the zip, or even a seal-especially the neck seal - goes then you not only get very wet and cold all the buoyancy goes as well. Zips do fail, my mate Ian had his fail when he came off the water skis on a scottish loch and then the suit filled with water and he had a job getting back in the boat cos his suit legs were full of water! There is some buoyancy in neoprene wetsuits and dry suits made from same material, but you are still at risk if the zip fails on a neoprene dry suit and it fills up. On the last day of a BSAC course up here the students pushed the instructor in (seems reasonable) and then had to get him out cos his dry suit zip was undone and he simply could not stand up again at the waters edge!
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One of our instructors can beat that. He was doing his instructor training course last year, was told to do a forward roll entry. Did a bloody great one, absolutely perfect, except for one small detail. He'd forgotten to zip up his suit. He never made that mistake again! His nickname at the club is now Zippy.

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Old 12 November 2002, 08:40   #40
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you can look like the michelin man
Steady on chaps, and just what's wrong with looking like Michelin man?

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