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!