O'Neill UV Damage

O'Neill UV Damage

Post by Michael J. Winkle » Sat, 14 Nov 1998 04:00:00


I've got a 5-year+ old O'Neill Solo. Last season it started developing some
cracks in the shoulder area I'm guessing to UV damage. This season, after a
couple of uses--it's getting really bad. It's spread from the top of the
shoulders to the back as well. Pisses me off because I've had other O'Neill
suits that lasted much much longer. That, plus O'Neill changed the Solo
design the following year to use neoprene-2 in those areas (probably because
of this exact problem).

Any tips on how to fix it to last at least this season? I was thinking of
putting the suit on, then smearing a bunch of seam-glue all over the
splitting areas. That and/or maybe some Neorez patches?
--

Michael J. Winkler

 
 
 

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Post by NLW TFW » Sun, 15 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Suit makers admit that the newer, more supple neoprene ages more quickly. It's
the price of progress. My first Bare functioned well for 10 years; the next
several I tried lasted one or two SESSIONS. Of course, that was not a UV
problem; it was chintzy design and manufacturing.

Wait 'til you see how the neck-entry zipperless dry suit neo holds up! The fact
that some suit manufacturers admit up front that they have a reduced life
expectancy sent me packing.

Mike \m/

 
 
 

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Post by Glesh » Sun, 15 Nov 1998 04:00:00

My $.02:

1. Suits only lasting 2 sessions.  New concept - disposable wetsuits.  That is
okay with me as long as they only cost $2 each.

2. If UV is the main damaging factor for wetsuits then I wonder why some bright
entrepenuer (sp?) doesn't sell some sort of a sun block covering to protect the
key areas of the suits.

3. I dry my wetsuits in a dark garage and put them in a black plastic bag to
cut light/air damage.

Bob

 
 
 

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Post by Weed F » Sun, 15 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
Mike wrote...

<<<Suit makers admit that the newer, more supple neoprene ages more quickly.
It's
the price of progress. My first Bare functioned well for 10 years; the next
several I tried lasted one or two SESSIONS. Of course, that was not a UV
problem; it was chintzy design and manufacturing.

Wait 'til you see how the neck-entry zipperless dry suit neo holds up! The fact
that some suit manufacturers admit up front that they have a reduced life
expectancy sent me packing. >>>

It's called "Bottom Line"" $$$$$$$

 
 
 

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Post by Randall Raine » Mon, 16 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Mike what is your oppinion of the Neil Pryde Eclipse Semi Dry Wet suit???  I am
thinkin of getting one around Christmas time or the MPS  they both are about the
same price tag but I kind of like the neck entry of the Eclipse because of the NO
ZIPPER  to go bad.  I had a GUL semi dry suit that the zipper tab broke and the
cost to replace it was $200+ locally and a new suit is only about 350 with no
zipper to tear.

Quote:

> Suit makers admit that the newer, more supple neoprene ages more quickly. It's
> the price of progress. My first Bare functioned well for 10 years; the next
> several I tried lasted one or two SESSIONS. Of course, that was not a UV
> problem; it was chintzy design and manufacturing.

> Wait 'til you see how the neck-entry zipperless dry suit neo holds up! The fact
> that some suit manufacturers admit up front that they have a reduced life
> expectancy sent me packing.

> Mike \m/

--
Randy



My Webpage is http://www.toad.net/~bluefrog/

 
 
 

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Post by sailquik (Roger Jacks » Wed, 18 Nov 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>Mike what is your oppinion of the Neil Pryde Eclipse Semi Dry Wet suit???  I am
>thinkin of getting one around Christmas time or the MPS  they both are about the
>same price tag but I kind of like the neck entry of the Eclipse because of the NO
>ZIPPER  to go bad.  I had a GUL semi dry suit that the zipper tab broke and the
>cost to replace it was $200+ locally and a new suit is only about 350 with no
>zipper to tear.

Wait until you try to get one of those darn zipperless suits on when you are
standing out in the cold, or worse yet, getting it off when you are already
freezing.
I tried it inside the shop, and I worked up a huge sweat, prying it on and off,
so I opted for a 3x3 with a zipper up the back and a Performance Diver Hooded
Polarfleece T shirt. I sail right next to the guys with dry suits, and the only
thing that's cold are my hands and feet, which are the limiting factor with all
suits. I use the DaKine cold water mitts (the absolute best old water hand
protection I've ever found, and I think I've tried them all) and Zeinier "Feet
Heaters" work best on the feet.

Was wondering if you contacted Gul directly, or their US distributor Murrays
Marine on the zipper problem?
later

sailquik (Roger Jackson) US 3704
Cert. Lvl 1 WS instructor
F2/Sailworks/Tectonics/True Ames
/Speedtech/DaKine/Chinook
Phones: So. MD (301) 872-9459 (Th-Sun)
        Avon, NC (252) 995-3204

 
 
 

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Post by Bill Burk » Sun, 22 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Roger:

How can one learn more about
Zeinier "Feet Heaters" that work best on the feet?

Bill

Quote:



> >Mike what is your oppinion of the Neil Pryde Eclipse Semi Dry Wet suit???  I am
> >thinkin of getting one around Christmas time or the MPS  they both are about the
> >same price tag but I kind of like the neck entry of the Eclipse because of the NO
> >ZIPPER  to go bad.  I had a GUL semi dry suit that the zipper tab broke and the
> >cost to replace it was $200+ locally and a new suit is only about 350 with no
> >zipper to tear.

> Wait until you try to get one of those darn zipperless suits on when you are
> standing out in the cold, or worse yet, getting it off when you are already
> freezing.
> I tried it inside the shop, and I worked up a huge sweat, prying it on and off,
> so I opted for a 3x3 with a zipper up the back and a Performance Diver Hooded
> Polarfleece T shirt. I sail right next to the guys with dry suits, and the only
> thing that's cold are my hands and feet, which are the limiting factor with all
> suits. I use the DaKine cold water mitts (the absolute best old water hand
> protection I've ever found, and I think I've tried them all) and Zeinier "Feet
> Heaters" work best on the feet.

> Was wondering if you contacted Gul directly, or their US distributor Murrays
> Marine on the zipper problem?
> later

> sailquik (Roger Jackson) US 3704
> Cert. Lvl 1 WS instructor
> F2/Sailworks/Tectonics/True Ames
> /Speedtech/DaKine/Chinook
> Phones: So. MD (301) 872-9459 (Th-Sun)
>         Avon, NC (252) 995-3204