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Old 15 February 2002, 16:13   #1
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Need to buy a drysuit suitable for wearing during very warm weather in greece.
Do you Brits wear them in summer?
Here temps rise up to 35C and more during summer months so I guess it will have to be a breathable one.I am looking at Ravenpring actually,but Iam not sure these things are wearable during extreme heat.Anyone with experience on the subject?
I do have a Guy Cotten drysuit but it is more a survival suit than anything else and protected me well when ribing at the Baltic in freezing January conditions!
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Old 16 February 2002, 17:22   #2
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Old 17 February 2002, 17:37   #3
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thanks, but I still dont have a personal opinion from you people.It is always more helpfull than reading the brands own presentation.
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My new Ravenspring dry suit will be arriving tomorrow so I will give you feedback in due course. From other posts on this site they seem to be the business. Try a search for Ravenspring to get some other comments. For my part so far their customer service is second to none.
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Pytheas,

Are you Greek too ? (cause I am).
What do you need the dry suit for ? Do you intend to go ribing during winter ?
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Old 21 February 2002, 15:51   #6
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Thanks,
yia sou Batfalcon, yes Im Greek too.Im trying to figure out if its at all possible to wear a dry suit during the summer (greek summer!)and this is a topic not realy discussed on the ravenspring thread that exists somewere on this forum.

I already have a survival drysuit but this is more like a life saving suit and there is no question about wearing it in warm weather.

I would also need the drysuits for some extra form of protection and safety for the crew in case of an m.o.b situation.
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I would suggest very strongly that you re-evaluate your need for a dry suit. If you are boating in the Med all you need is a set of splash covers. Even the best breathable dry suit will make you
de- hydrate which will do your crew more harm than falling in the water! My recomendation for boating in the Med if the wind gets up is to put a T Shirt on The boat you have is of reasonable size and I can understand that you are concerned about getting wet when running down wind in a typical Med sea, again drive the boat so you do not put the bow under the water and soak everyone on board. Prevention is better than cure
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How do you like your Ravenspring drysuit?? Any feedback would help. I may order one.
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Pytheas ... I must to admit having wondered why you'd need to drysuit in the med - the waters warm isn't it?!

Nick, I've had a Ravenspring for 3 years. Excellent bit of kit, lightweight, well fitting yet durable. Wore it for 8 days straight on RB4 last year. The Ravenspring people are very helpful as well.
It provides zero thermal insulation so what you wear underneath it is important.

Two pieces of advice .... one go for the hard boots as opposed to the latex socks and secondly if you are going to wear it for long periods go for the pee zip as well!!

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Hey Alan, Thanks for the reply. I keep hearing compliments on Ravenspring, particularly on their service. Nice in this day and age, eh?

Right now I'm examining a used suit, a Multifabs #459, which I have on approval, with the right to return it. I learned about the suit from Sirzap on this forum. He bought a used one from the same outfit, Concorde AeroSales, Inc. The suit is built as a helicopter passenger suit. Front diag. zipper, four pockets, one-way exhaust valve, gore-tex socks. The condition is excellent, no visible wear at all. Very well constructed.

The price of the used suit is within a few dollars of a Ravenspring, actually the used suit is the higher of the two. The Multifabs suit is Gore-tex, very soft to handle, and it fits fairly well. My areas of concern are the lack of double layer patching over the seat, knees, etc. and the fact that the neckseal isn't protected from UV. Is that important? Another question which I'll present to Concorde is how one goes about repairing a multilayer gore-tex fabric.

My only concern about the Ravenspring suit is the durability of their breathable/waterproof coating system--though in fairness I've heard nothing but positive about them. The early coated waterproofing/breathable systems that were sold in the US--"poor man's Gore-tex"--some called them, worked only for a while and were highly subject to abrasion on the inside layers, as well as contamination fouling. I don't know how well Ravenspring's system breathes. I'm in a cool climate,similar to what you Brits tool around in, and condensation is a big issue.

Bat Falcon must be laughing as he reads this stuff!

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