Anyone like to comment on their drysuit experiences regarding makes offering, durability, effectiveness and value for money? I am contemplating an imminent purchase!
Right then. Firstly they are the bees knees - I now sail with mine on for about 10 months of the year unless it's exceptionally warm!
I have found Hammond drysuits to be indestructable.
I have found Ravenspring very reasonable and I have now had mine nearly ten years and only had the seals replaced, again by Ravenspring.
I've had the Gul Solent breathable for a couple of years now. My first one started leaking in the summer so I returned it straight to Gul who checked and replaced it - no problem and good customer service. Since then it's been fine - as proved last weekend when we took a dip through bad balance trying to drop the spinnaker on a windy reach!
I find it curious that the Musto dry suit mentioned above has become 'less breathable', why would that be? and what does it mean in practice? I too am thinking it is time invest and was thinking about paying up for the musto one
Gul drysuit,zip in the front,Typhoon teddysuit,animal knee high skisocks and I was warm as toast crewing at the Bloody Mary.On cold nights the missus and I watch tv wearing the 'babygro'teddysuits mmmmmmmmmm!
That's just tooooo much information......
I'm not really sure why it's less breathable. Partly I suspect that I'm not always the best carer of it, and partly that in repeated exposure to the elements and cleaning, the gortex finish wears off a little. It probably only needs sending back to Musto for its 3year/200 days sailing service.
the best suit is the one that fits you - I'm looking at the ravensbourne suits which are made to measure, although I would be interested if anyone has experience of others such as magic marine
Whilst we are on favourite brands, Trident I have used for years, you can get hybrid, e.g. breathable top, not legs, being less pricy, you can get big feet on thin bodies (Mark) etc.
Back zips make mid race weeing rather tricky...
Mags you are supposed to test for leaks by immersion not by filling the suit internally. Thanks for all the advice given - no-one seems unhappy with any suit from any maker !!! So you just get the most comfortable for you I guess.
I think they may become less breathable with age as they get dirty, salt and gunge clog up the goretex pores. Solution for breathable oilies is to stick them in the washing machine. Don't know if this is recommended for drysuits-ask the manufacturers.
I presume it was the milk of magnesia that was the problem, although milk of amnesia was probably wished for after the event...
Can anyone remember where you can buy milk on amnesia from?
I could until I drank all that red wine........
We always put our drysuits through the short rinse and spin cycle (no washing powder) after they've been near salt walt and the breathability seems fine on mine after 2-3 years.
That should read "salt water"!
mags trying to be a woman in a dry suit? that'll draw the crowds at the dinghy show!
I'll be trying that then. The musto breathables have front zips and I've had absolutely no problems with it restricting manoevrability. Go buy one!
Jude, thats why women evolved larger bladders!
'Spindrift' at Benfleet (in the trading estate near Hyde's former works) appears to be a Musto outlet shop; worth a visit if you are nearby.
I contacted Spindrift but they do not do USED drysuits mail order even if you guarantee not to return it. Shame