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trayson 12-02-2013 1:29 PM

Drysuit Riding...
 
So, I used some of the Black Friday deals as motivation to finally pull the trigger on a drysuit. Like I'm sure most others, I went with the O'Neill Boost Drysuit.

So I'm interested in any suggestions for:

1) care for the drysuit
2) how to best store it
3) what kind of boots people have used to surf with?
4) any other tips/tricks/insight


Also, what's the general consensus on drysuits and life vests?? I know a handful that skip the vest because the drysuit with even a little air in it tends to be quite boyant... But I've seen pics of other friends wearing their vests. Thoughts?

jeff_mn 12-02-2013 1:40 PM

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Originally Posted by trayson (Post 1854474)
So, I used some of the Black Friday deals as motivation to finally pull the trigger on a drysuit. Like I'm sure most others, I went with the O'Neill Boost Drysuit.

So I'm interested in any suggestions for:

1) care for the drysuit
2) how to best store it
3) what kind of boots people have used to surf with?
4) any other tips/tricks/insight


Also, what's the general consensus on drysuits and life vests?? I know a handful that skip the vest because the drysuit with even a little air in it tends to be quite boyant... But I've seen pics of other friends wearing their vests. Thoughts?


1. Moisturize the seals 1-2x per year (before storing, before starting the season)
2. Dry area - I vote lay it flat. Hangers can be bad. Fold it if space is a premium
3. Tons of options out there from traditional surfing - pick your thickness and find a cyber Monday deal today at a surf shop online
4. You are definitely buoyant in a drysuit --- but it comes down to how much do you value your life. If you blow out a seal on a bad crash (wakeboarding) and that thing fills up - it's gonna be rough getting it off as it fills with water and you're dazed/TKO'd.. I vote wear one underneath - if nothing else a non-CGA that is thin... Others put different value on things - lots of guys ride with no vest at all in the summer.. Silly to me, fine for others.

supersonicmi 12-02-2013 1:57 PM

It helps to put it the suit in something (storage box, bag etc..) when storing it so it is not exposed to air all the time. this will help keep with seal moisturize.

wakebrdjay 12-02-2013 11:08 PM

Adrenaline Watersports has this care kit for drysuits. http://www.adrenalinewatersports.com...SubID=115&pg=0

Nordicron 12-03-2013 6:26 PM

Just keep seals clean and store in a big ziplock bag. Use the zipper wax occasionally. You can loosely fold zipper but don't mash it over. Leave it kinda looped if that makes sense.

As for vest. Some of my buddies do and some don't. Most of the time I wear a light non CGA under mine. I mostly wear it for the additional warmth it provides! I don't really think you have much to worry about blowing a seal out and sinking, being water is neutrally buoyant anyway and I find it hard to believe you'd blow a seal out on a crash anyway.

Kwclark 12-07-2013 5:13 PM

I bought me a boost suit recently. I used it last weekend for the first time. Best 430 bucks i ever spent in my life. My season would be over with out it. now its an endless summer. I would worry more about keeping the zipper lubed than the seals. Store it inside the house and you should be fine.

501s 12-07-2013 6:08 PM

I've been using the same Bare dry suit for 7 years now. On my third set of seals and still the original zipper. It is a very well made suit. The only advice I can give is to make sure the condition the seals more often rather than less. And make sure you condition them before putting it away for the season.

A dry suit is a GREAT investment. You will never regret buying one.

Heck my buddy's battery died and we were almost 1/2 a mile from shore and than a 2 mile walk back to the marina to get my boat and the water was like 48. I put on the dry suit, swam to shore and than took it off and was totally dry. I would have froze in a wetsuit. And our entire boat pretty much uses the same suit.

wakemitch 12-07-2013 6:43 PM

I highly recommend the ONeill Gooru Tech 3mm boots. They are fully dipped and have no seams so you stay really dry and warm. But the biggest thing is that the sole isnt too thick. Most surf booties have a thick sole so it doesnt hurt when walking on rocks, but that makes it so you lose a ton of board feel. With wakesurfing you dont have to worry about walking on rocks, so having the thinner sole is so nice. You can actually feel the board underneath you, while staying warm and dry!

I was out in 50* water today with air in the 40s and my feet felt so good. We started stocking them in our shop this year to since more and more wakesurfers in our area are riding all year.

tristan 12-10-2013 7:37 AM

Anyone receommend gloves to use with a drysuit? Tried O'Neill Gooru 1.5mm and 3mm but finger tips still go numb

whatshesaid 12-10-2013 8:34 AM

Do not store in the garage, and treat ther seals. Glove are for girls. Lol JK.

bftskir 12-12-2013 2:30 PM

Use silicone spray to condition seals

norcalrider 12-12-2013 6:41 PM

Anyone have a good source on replacement gaskets. After seeing this thread I dug up my drysuit and the gaskets are all shot.


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