What is a drysuit?
A garment that keeps water out. It has a special waterproof zip or waist seal and has latex seals at the neck,wrist and feet. Unlike a wet suit which lets water between neoprene and your body for insulation, drysuits give you the ability to alter the amount of thermal clothing worn underneath to match the conditions of the day. This allows the suits to be worn in a very wide range of conditions allowing a full four seasons use. Most people would say that they are warmer, drier and more comfortable in drysuits, and are reluctant to return to wet suits.
Who uses the suits?
Sailors, canoeists, ribsters , the Met Office ,the Irish Civil Defence, Hydrographic officers ,Instructors,etc, in fact anybody on or around the water who needs to be warm dry and comfortable.
What should I wear under it?
All our drysuits are manufactured from a breathing fabric. To make the most of this feature it is important to wear modern wicking fibres that transport moisture away from the body allowing the outer breathing fabric to work to its optimum.(Wool and cotton should be avoided as these fibres hold moisture and end up feeling damp). Take a look at our range of mid and base layer thermals, these were designed to work with our suits.
What should I wear over it?
Generally nothing unless you know that what you are doing causes an unusual wear problem. It's better to sacrifice a pair of shorts than the suit!!
What fabric do you use?
The fabric used on all our breathing drysuits and tops is a strong nylon, especially coated for us with elastomeric (very stretchy) proofing made up of two different yet compatible molecular chains. One chain is water loving- hydrophilic, the other water hating- hydrophobic. When perspiration evaporates it separates into individual molecules which upon touching the proofing are'sucked in' quickly passing through the structure using the hydrophilic molecules as stepping stones, going from relatively high humidity inside the garment to the low humidity outside.
Would I know the difference between wearing a breathing and non-breathing suit?
Yes. The difference is huge. Think of yourself being in a totally sealed bag. If sweat cannot escape you rapidly becomes wet inside and then cold. Not pleasant !!
Can the suit be repaired?
Yes. Every suit is supplied with a repair kit for minor damage. For bigger problems our service department is fast and reasonably priced.
Can the seals be replaced?
Yes. We can supply pre-glued seals that only need a hair dryer to change over ,or if you prefer send the suit to us, although this costs a little more.
How long will it last?
A difficult question to answer. We certainly have suits being used that are well over five years old. Alot depends on how much the suit is worn and how well it is looked after.
How do I look after it?
Wash off the suit after use in fresh water . Make sure it is dry and hang on a plastic hanger in a cool dark place. Do not leave it screwed up wet in a sail bag for weeks and expect it to last!! Use zip wax and fluid to maintain the zip. If the suit needs a good clean hand wash at 40c in a bath using pure soap flakes, not detergent. Do not put in a washing machine. The suit can be occasionally dried in a tumble dryer on a low heat.
Do you make to measure?
Yes if necessary, although we can fit most people from our range of twelve standard sizes. There is no extra charge for making to order.
Can fly zips or hard boots be fitted after the suit is made?
No, these items have to be fitted at the time of manufacture.
Is it suitable for diving?
No , it was designed as a surface watersports suit, although you can happily go under the keel of a yacht with it. Nor is it classified as a survival suit.
Can they be sent anywhere?
Yes, but please ask for a quote for deliveries outside the UK.
Is it guaranteed?
Yes, for 12 months. Please note that the latex seals are not covered.