Nov 3, 2005, 6:33 AM
Post #17 of 22
I don't think there is one best drysuit. It depends on what you are doing.
Re: [nkroeger] Dinghy sailing with Dry suits
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If you are wearing it for extended periods of time, say most of the day, and are working hard, you need a breathable drysuit. If you are sailing a two hour session only, you have less need of a breathable drysuit.
If you are a college sailor and expect to be practicing several days each week, week after week, you have a good case for a more expensive, and more durable drysuit.
And it you are out there for hours, you may want a relief zipper.
I frostbite in two hour sessions in Annapolis. I wear a non breathable drysuit. If I am working hard on a windy day, my base layers and mid layers are starting to get damp at the end off the two hours, but I'm usually not yet getting colder as a result.
In the Laser, I find myself less constrained and more mobile in a wetsuit, so I wear the wetsuit rather than the drysuit except on the coldest days.
You can spend $425 (list price for a non breathable Gill) to $880 (list price for a Kokatat) on a drysuit. You get more features (eg. relief zips, Gore-tex rather than latex rubber booties) when you spend more money.
So you have to decide what kind of sailing you are going to do in the drysuit (particularly how long you expect to wear it), how much you expect to sweat while wearing it, and how much you are prepared to spend.
If you look at used drysuits, check the seals and the zipper carefully. The seals breakdown over time. You could buy a used drysuit, blow a seal the first time you wear it, and then realize that all the seals need to be replaced. And waterproof zippers are expensive, and expensive to replace, so check that the zipper is working well and is in good condition.