Helly Hansen dinghy drysuit???

Helly Hansen dinghy drysuit???

Post by Marku » Mon, 20 Mar 2000 04:00:00


Any opinions on this drysuit for windsurfing?
There was a big conversation in this newsgroup a week ago, but do you have
any experience on this one?
It has built-in socks; is that a bad thing?
How much water will these suits let inside (for example along neck-seal
etc.)?

TIA,
Markus

 
 
 

Helly Hansen dinghy drysuit???

Post by (Pete Cresswell » Mon, 20 Mar 2000 04:00:00

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Quote:
>Any opinions on this drysuit for windsurfing?
>There was a big conversation in this newsgroup a week ago, but do you have
>any experience on this one?
>It has built-in socks; is that a bad thing?
>How much water will these suits let inside (for example along neck-seal
>etc.)?

I think all of the above depend on your body, the conditions under which it will
be used, and your general level of paranoia.

Make a really tight***and look at the inside of your wrist.   When I do it, I
see little grooves where the tendons stand out.    Same when I tense my neck
muscles.    Guess what happens when you're laying in the water and grab a mast
hard?

I've been through at least a half-dozen dry suits - full bag, full neoprene, and
hybrid - and I've never been able to say one was completely dry.    I'm not
complaining - just stating a fact of life.       Others may differ.

My personal paranoia level is rather high when it comes to cold water.  

Full bag suits tempt me to wear non-neoprene garments (like PolarTec shirts and
pants)  underneath because they are sooooo comfortable and easy to move in.
But the downside of that practice is that to the extent you take on water, you
loose the insulation value of whatever non-neoprene stuff you're wearing and the
whole garment system can get quite heavy.

So, as comfortable as they are, I now stay away from full bag suits.   My
current suit is a hybrid: neoprene on the bottom and bag on top.

Just last week, I took a header and shipped some water through my neck seal.
The amount was definately non-trivial and I was glad that the suit didn't have
integral socks and that the water could drain out at the ankles once I got back
up and sailing.

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Pete Cresswell