have components that age prematurely if not stored and cared for
properly. Following these instructions will extend the life of
any jewellery or watches that may snag on the latex seals.
the correct under clothing for the conditions. I.E a good
base layer to lift any sweat and a thermal layer.
the suit at the waist and pull on like a normal pair of
trousers up to your waist. Take care not to stand on any
stones or sharp objects when doing this.
on your footwear now before putting on rest of suit to protect
your socks. Insert your arms one at a time, point your fingers
and use the other hand to help pass through the wrist seal
gently as possible. Make sure that the seal is seated flat
and without folds against the skin.
head into base of neck seal and again use your hands to
open neck seal and push head through seal. Adjust the neck
seal so it sits against the skin without folds.
zipper is one of the most sensitive drysuit components.
care should be taken when closing the zip.
with back zips the zip should be closed by another
person. Do not use clips or lines to close the zip on your
own. This can damage the zip and cause it to leak. Do not
use excessive force; it is very important that under clothing
is not caught in the zip as this can permanently damage
it. Ensure the slider is pulled straight along the zip.
Do not pull at an angle. Do not force the slider forward
over a point of resistance. Pull the zip at a slow, smooth
and steady rate. Always double check that the zip or zips
are fully closed before entering the water. Front zips can
be closed by the wearer. Be especially careful in colder
conditions when the zipper stiffens and is less pliable.
make sure that the main zip cover is fixed into position.
This is there to protect the zip.
To remove air from the suit, insert fingers down the front
of the neck seal and squat down keeping the arms in, the
air will escape and when the air movement has stopped release
the seal and stand up.
undoing the zip rinse it with clean water to remove and
sand or debris. When undoing the zipper it is important
to fully open it before getting out of the suit otherwise
damage can occur.
the above instructions using fingers to open seals partially.
It is often easier to have someone help remove the suit
especially when fatigued. It is safer to sit down to remove
the lower half of the suit. This also eliminates the chance
of damage occurring when removing it.
of your Drysuit:
each use follow these maintenance procedures to ensure the
optimum performance and extend the life of your drysuit.
you have finished wearing the drysuit for the day, rinse
the outside thoroughly with fresh clean water to remove
and dirt, sand or salt. Any stubborn stains can be removed
by rubbing the area gently with weak solution of soapy water.
the drysuit for any signs of damage, perished seals, broken
zips, rips or holes in the fabric. Better to find them now
rather than when you next put the suit on. Clean the latex
seals using cold fresh water.
Latex seals will perish quickly if any kind of moisturising
cream body oils are applied to them. I.e. suntan lotion
and midge creams or other oil based products. After you
have rinsed your suit, hang it up on a suitable hanger in
a shady spot, as you should not expose latex to direct sunlight
other than when you are using it. Do not store in a garage
as petrol vapours can also attack the latex rubber. You
can apply French chalk or non scented talc to seals before
storing and wearing.
dry lubricate the zip or zips.
Once the dry
suit is thoroughly clean and dry and the zip
lubricated, you should store your dry suit in a cool (0-20c)
dry and dark place away from devices that produce ozone
such as electric motors and heaters. Also, do not store
near or on copper as exposure to these materials can quicken
the aging and deterioration of the rubber seals. It is advisable
to store the suit hanging up with the zip closed.
never place your drysuit in a washing machine, tumble dryer
or drying room and never hang it over a radiator to dry
as heat can soften the adhesive used to bond the seam tape
to the garment. This can result in leaks at the seams.
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