You’ve spent the big bucks to upgrade to a dry suit. Good for you! Now make sure that you take care of it so that it lasts you a good long while. Here is a little advice for caring for your dry suit :
Gasket fit. If it feels as if you have a tourniquet around your neck and/or wrists, that is a good thing. You do not want to start out with loose fitting gaskets. They strech. They can be trimmed. But gaskets only work if they are fairly snug. Before you take to trimming the gaskets, stretch them out. If they are unbearably tight, but them on a plastic bottle that can help stretch them. And wear the dry suit a time or two after to see how much stretch there is. If you take the plunge and trim the gaskets, do it one ring at a time, w ith a very fine pair of scissors.
In addition to the fit, here are some additional tips for you:
- Keep sunscreen off of them as much as possible. Sunscreen can contain components that can damage the latex.
- Copper or copper alloys should not come in contact with latex gaskets.
- Moist storage conditions should be avoided.
- Garments with latex gaskets should be protected from prolonged UV exposure from natural and artificial light.
- Do NOT leave garments with latex gaskets inside a hot car.
- Mineral oils also destroy latex – these are often found in hand lotions and other moisturizers (including sunscreen with moisturizers).
- If you’re not sure what’s in it, don’t put it on the gasket.
- Use baby powder to make slipping on the gaskets easier.
- Remove rings, bracelets, necklaces, and other types of jewelry that may snag and rip the latex gasket.
- 303 your gaskets every few months to keep them lubricated.
Do your best to keep sand and dirt out of the dry suit. Sand and debris can wreak havoc on the inside of the suit. Brush off your socks and under layers before you put the suit on. When you’re done for the day turn the suit inside out and try to get as much sand and dirt off the inside of the suit as possible.
If you’ve yet to decide on what dry suit to invest in, here is a great article from Immersion Research about options.
If you are not quite ready to put the big bucks down, no worries, we offer a dry suit rental program that will help you stay warm on the coldest of days.