Drysuits - has yours worn well - I'm thinking of buying one.

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Drysuits - has yours worn well - I'm thinking of buying one.

Post by Old Coach » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:47 pm

Subject says it all really. The Palm one looks smart, the Dam one looks dull but is cheaper and there may be others. Which is the best value for cash please?

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Post by Patrick Clissold » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:52 pm

Like many people I got one of those Sidewinder Torrents. I wore it for around 2 months solid last summer and it started to leak a lot. I sent it back and it got repaired but now after a British winter it's starting to leak again.

If your going to get Palm get the Stikine, I think it's worth the extra. Just my penny's worth.

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Post by missile » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:58 pm

I also have a palm sidewainder torrent suit and when I first got it i also thought that it leaked alot (more then what I was expecting) but now its fine. I think that the meterial or something needs to be used a bit before it works 100%. They are a great suit though and I have had many sessions this winter and its kept me warm and dry and its in perfect condition and hasn't worn.

If you are thinking of getting a dry suit, deffinatly go for the torrent suit.
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Post by a boy named sue » Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:02 pm

Hello Tim,
i had the sidewinder torrent when it first came out, it was made with 150xp material, now have a new sidewinder torrent which uses 200xp. This is the same material as the stikine now, its only the zip which is different. If you are doing alot of freestyle then the siderwinder is alot better, Alot more flexable across the back. Getting back to the point the new 200xp seem to be dryer. Hope that makes sense!
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Post by Jean Claude » Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:35 pm

I have a crewsaver which is now into it's 3rd season. It started to leak first day into a SRT this month. I found some small holes in the waist area where I must have snagged it. I used some silicon seal repair that I bought from my local kayak shop and now it is as water tight as a ducks bum.

For a cheap suit I can't fault it.
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Post by Jonny Bravo » Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:37 pm

I've got the stikkine - awesome bit of kit and well worth every penny.

Torrent wasn't out when i bought mine - otherwise would have probably settled for one of those - but the stikkine is a cooler colour!

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Post by Old Coach » Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:47 pm

Jonny Bravo wrote:Craig

Aha - so you are still looking at UKRGB!

Will get back to you Craig when I've decided.

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Post by Anorak » Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:51 am

Hi Tim

I'm a big fan of DamX as their service is truly excellent and the suits are very well priced.

My present suit, non breathable yellow 3000 fabric is now in it's fifth year and not showing much signs of wear. It has been back to Andi for various latex seal replacements over the years, at which times he has checked the whole suit and addressed any potential problem areas free of charge.

The plastic T-Zip is holding up very well indeed, much better than the traditional metal zip in a previous suit.

Highly recommended (provided it's not all black :-).

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Post by Pyro » Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:17 am

Yep, another vote for DamX. I bought mine second hand when a mate packed in paddling and it's still going strong. 2 small patches of aquasure on the knees where it had abraded (climbing out of HPP repeatedly during the Student Rodeo) but it's as dry as ever.

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Post by Dom c » Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:20 am

The New IR drysuit will be in the country in a few weeks...
They really do look the Bees Knees.
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Post by TheKrikkitWars » Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:23 am

Dom c wrote:The New IR drysuit will be in the country in a few weeks...
Any idea how much it will cost?
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Post by Dom c » Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:26 am

£450 retail
All listed here Here
Three week eta apparently, i have mine on order already.

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Post by PKY » Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:38 am

Hi Tim,
I'm paddling in the Kokatat Gore-tex Meridain suit, Will probably be the pricest suit out there on the market at just under £700 but with kokatat using the best material, having extra thickness in its seals and a super nice fit, I have yet anything to complain about, I haven't had mine long but while doing some research in North America on software kit, every Kokatat owner swore by there product with some kit looking new and wore like new after 2 years+
Well worth looking up reviews on this product on the net.
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Post by TheKrikkitWars » Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:40 am

Thats good, cheaper than the stikine and (if IR's other products are anything to go off) as good if not better. Now i just need a spare £450.
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Post by Adrian Cooper » Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:44 am

Hi Tim, Andy and I both have DamX suits and Tim T has a Torrent. Mine is probably 3 years old and I have had a neck seal replaced. Let me know when you are about and I will bring it along. One of the great benefits is bespoke fitting from your own measurements.

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Re: Drysuits - has yours worn well - I'm thinking of buying

Post by Grandad » Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:45 am

Old Coach wrote:Dam one looks dull but is cheaper
Tim
I was looking into drysuits over Christmas and although the DamX appeared cheaper initially, once I had added in all the extras (including p+p, comfort zip etc.) there wasn't a lot in it. In addition, once I had taken off a 15% discount for the Torrent, it ended up about £4 more than the DamX. If you do go for the Torrent, make sure you are buying the XP200 material, I've seen a lot of XP150's still being stocked.
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Post by h2ocoaching.co.uk » Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:45 am

Gotta plug the new sidewinder. Wear it coaching, playboating, when running cst's etc. Cant fault it. Flexible, comfy, and 100% DRY!

Stikini is cooler colours, but more cash, and as boy_named_sue said, the zip is a big metal dive zip, so does effect flexibilty / comfort.

If there wasnt such a high difference I'd let you try mine!!

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Post by Jonny Bravo » Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:13 pm

Tim - if you want to take my stikkine out for a play sometime - you're welcome - it's a large, so should fit your lanky frame!

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Post by h2ocoaching.co.uk » Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:52 pm

Jonny Bravo wrote:Tim - if you want to take my stikkine out for a play sometime - you're welcome - it's a large, so should fit your lanky frame!

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Post by Ken » Thu Mar 01, 2007 3:35 pm

AS Watersports had some Typhoon suits cheap. Only a basic suit, but comes (in some sizes) with free fleece undersuit. At 200 with undersuit or 190 without you can't really quibble!
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Post by briman » Thu Mar 01, 2007 3:43 pm

Another vote for the DAM-x 3000.

In four years mine is still as good as new, by washing and drying carefully and hanging in the garage. One small hole on the elbow, repaired with Black Witch, which was due to a close encounter at Pandora's.
Made to measure and very hardwearing. Andi will take all your measurements and get it to fit like a glove.

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Post by Ricks-Freestyle-Mind » Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:02 pm

The IR looks very nice. I thought Level 6 were bringing a suit out?

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Post by ion » Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:03 pm

Good long running drysuit thread in Sea & Surf forum
http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... highlight=
I already posted my thoughts in there a while back.

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Post by Tom_Laws » Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:46 pm

Ricks-Freestyle-Mind wrote:I thought Level 6 were bringing a suit out?
Alas no, the wonders of photojournalism!

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What is shown there is a pair of dry trousers, and a dry cag, hanging up together!! I don't know if there are plans afoot for a dry-suit, I'll let you know.

They do do a damn fine range of dry cags, which will be available in pretty soon. Check out www.levelsixinc.com for more on that.

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Post by smiler » Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:06 pm

Dam x 3000.
Only had mine a few months, tailor made,all black not a fashion item but robust and good back up service i hear from those who've had suits for a long time.Very good price!
Stepping out of a dry suit and jumping straight in the car bliss, apart from waiting for those without drysuits!

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Post by Liam Kirkham » Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:09 pm

How much are these Dam x3000 dry suits?

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Post by clairenewman » Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:09 pm

I have to say it. My wife and I have had our Dam drysuit for 3 years and it still doesn't leek!!! Now that's good quality. We have of course had to have the latex seals changed, but the service is cheep and very quick.



If you want prices then e-mail them for a list on damwatersports.drysuits@ntlworld.com



Many people in our club use them.



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Post by Corran » Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:20 am

I'm not famalier with many of the UK brands, but I've been using the same Shockwave Dry Suit now for 3 years and I have not had to replace a single thing, adn its totally dry so far. really, the best dry suit I've ever owned.

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Post by Shandy » Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:35 am

Dom c wrote:£450 retail
All listed here Here
Three week eta apparently, I have mine on order already.
Have you seen one in the flesh yet?

Im interested in a dry suit, i like the palm one but im waiting to check the IR suit out.

Been using an IR full condtions top and pants for years with no problems.
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Post by Dom c » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:39 am

Shandy wrote:
Have you seen one in the flesh yet?

Im interested in a dry suit, I like the palm one but im waiting to check the IR suit out.

Been using an IR full condtions top and pants for years with no problems.
Yes i have seen it in the Flesh a couple of times.. First time last year at the AS watersports show, and i have since seen it when Peirs from system x was at the Dart..
I was very impressed with the build quality .. looking forward to receiving mine..

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