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Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:01 pm
by kayakbiker
Despite being super careful with my drysuit by standing on a clean mat when changing and washing out my boots i found I have been getting damp wet feet. This is in a drysuit that i've worn maybe only 10 times or so.
I have checked the rest of my suit and its dry so its definetly coming in from the socks. I put a small amount of water in the sock and it appears from my limited testing to be leaking from the seams rather than a hole

Do all drysuits go in the feet this quick or have i just been unlucky.

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:34 pm
by andynormancx
The socks on my Typhoon are still dry after a couple of years of frequent use.

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:39 pm
by PlymouthDamo
kayakbiker wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:01 pm
Do all drysuits go in the feet this quick or have i just been unlucky.
Earlier this year, I fitted fabric socks to a new drysuit I'd just bought (a military suit which doesn't come fitted with any socks at all) and got very wet feet. I investigated, like you, by filling the legs with water and seeing where the leak was. They were leaking all the way along the seam - on both feet. I contacted the supplier (Nookie) to tell them it looked like there was a bad design defect with them. To cut a long story short, Nookie correctly identified the problem was that I had chosen to test the socks out before I'd finished the repair - I hadn't put drysuit repair tape around the glued join between the socks and the suit. The way these socks are manufactured means that the seam has a tiny circular hole running all the way down it. If any water can get in at the top, it will run down this hole and can then escape anywhere along the length of the seam - on the outside of the sock. Putting repair tape around the suit/sock glued join solved the problem.

I don't know if this is relevant to your problem, but it's worth being aware of. Other than this, I've never had any problems with fabric socks.

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:02 pm
by Beryl
Have you pulled on the socks by pulling on the leg rather than the sock itself? Also, because of the right-angled nature of the foot, fabric socks need to be eased into and out of in two stages otherwise the seam of the sock will be stressed, especially if they are a good fit.

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:11 pm
by kayakbiker
Hi
No I've always been very careful getting in and out of my suit. Its also a really big suit so plenty of room in it
I always go with a bigger suit for the extra insulation in winter. That goes for boots too so I'm not stuffing my feet and all that sock in tight boots
Perhaps I've just been unlucky and its just a bad pair of socks. Its back at Typhoon for further testing at the moment so cross fingers it can be repaired easily enough.
Thanks

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:04 pm
by PeterG
They usually last a couple of years before slight leaks, initially it doesn't matter for day trips but becomes an issue on longer paddles, your wet and salty wooly socks are hard to dry in a wet camping environment. Replacing the fabric with 3d latex socks is pretty easy to do yourself and gives a very satisfactory result for £12 or so. The legs are mostly around 42cm (21cm flat), I know the typhoon ones are, so exactly fit the standard latex socks which are slightly smaller. Just a matter of finding the right plant pot.....

The latex socks seem to last about 4 years of hard wear, a puncture repair kit will deal with any small holes that might develop, so the suit is 6 or 7 by then and generally starting to develop the odd seepage elsewhere. However, you could always replace them again, you will have done the wrists and neck at least twice already. Either use the instant 2 part latex glue or, if you want a bit more time to reposition, the 'xtreme' glue you find in hardware shops works well, but then needs to be left stretched for several hours to get a strong bond.

I can recommend Hillcrest on Ebay for quick and efficient service with the latex spares.

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:40 pm
by kayakbiker
Hi Peter
Thanks very much for the advice regards the repair of my suit.

As it stands at the moment I'm dissapointed with the quality of my Typhoon Hinge Yellow Drysuit.
It cost nearly £500 and 18 months later and with little use its socks are now like a patchwork quilt around the seams.

I am grateful that it was repaired but dissapointed it needed so much extensive seam sealing after such a short time.

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:25 pm
by andynormancx
Have you spoken to Typhoon about it ? They do offer a 3 year warranty on that suit.

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:02 pm
by kayakbiker
Hi There

Yes you are correct Typhoon do offer a three year warranty.
and they have repaired the suit with lots of patches and extra tape over the failed seams

I was hopeful that due to the fact the seams had failed rather than me punturing them they would have replaced the socks but they chose the easiest repair i guess.

I kick myself for spending so much on.a suit that failed so quickly.

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:18 pm
by Chris Bolton
The fabric socks on my Typhoon PS220 started to leak after about 50 days paddling, then I replaced them with latex boots. I always wear a thin pair of cheap socks over the outside of drysuit boots, just in case there's a pebble or something in my neoprene boots and because it makes it easier to get the neoprene boots off - but if yours went at the seams, I don't know that would have helped.

Re: Drysuit Socks Leaking at the seams is it a common problem

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:35 pm
by kayakbiker
Well after going out a couple of times with my repaired/patched socks they started to leak again through the seams.
I reported to Typhoon who asked me to send them back to look at again.
This time they replaced both socks covered by their warranty.
They did a superb job and you would not know that they had been replaced other than now they are totally water tight.
I was lucky to get out on the water just before the lockdown to test them.
Anyway I'm really pleased that Typhoon honoured their warranty.
Cheers