Buying A Drysuit - Drysuits For Sale
For those of you who were thinking of buying a drysuit we should probably point out a couple of things. The first is that you need to pay close attention to the size of the neoprene seals. These refer to the wrist and neck seals that help prevent water from getting into your drysuit. Sometimes you will hear the neck seal being referred to as neck gaskets but they are basically the same thing.
What does differ between them however is the size that some manufacturers like to place on the labels in reference to the seals. Depending on where you buy your dry suit one manufacturers size “M” might actually be a size “S” or “L”. This is probably in relation to dry suit that are made overseas in countries such as China, Taiwan and other Asian countries where people are small are by nature.
The point is that you almost have to try on the drysuit in order to be sure that the neck and wrist seals will suit your body size. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you have spent hundreds of dollars on a piece of diving related clothing only to find out that some parts of it don’t fit you as you expected.
We’re not saying that it would be a complete and utter disaster if this was the case. If you do find yourself in this situation then the good news is that neck and wrist seals are easily replaceable and shouldn’t cost you any more than a couple of hundred dollars to get the job done. But who wants to be paying a couple of hundred dollars more just because the manufacturer hasn’t laid things out clearly enough for us. This is why you have to take every precaution you can while browsing drysuits for sale online; otherwise you may find that you have made a costly mistake.
The problem with these seals doesn’t just happen when you first buy a drysuit. In fact these crucial parts are more prone to damage than any other part of the suit and you will more than likely find that at one stage or another you will have to replace them due to general wear and tear. You might be thinking at this stage that paying a couple of hundred dollars to replace them seems a bit much but if you saw the amount of work that goes into stitching new ones on and the expensive neoprene material that is used then you would understand a high cost factor. You should just do your best to keep them in as good condition as possible for as long as possible so that you don’t have to end up paying for this cost over and over again.
The advantage of using latex instead of neoprene seals is that it’s sometimes possible to be able to stretch them to make them fit. This can be done by placing them over something such as a glass bottle or an old fishbowl. They won’t remain stretched forever so this is something that you will need to do on a regular basis. Some people put on extra weight in their lifetime and this might be a good reason for needing to stretch your seals. Unfortunately there is no solution to reducing the size of the neck and wrist seals. If you need to reduce the size then you will have to get your old ones replaced with new ones that will fit you properly.