Tag : Care & Repair

Sailing Dry Suit Basics: What Is It & How Does It Work?

What is a Sailing Dry Suit? These suits are waterproof, and one piece with a waterproof entry zipper, and have seals at the neck and wrists, and attached socks at the feet keep the water out.  Once inside and zipped up you can simply jump in the water and, other than your head and hands, stay completely dry. Today’s dry suits are made with waterproof-breathable fabrics allowing moisture (perspiration) to travel from your skin, through your wicking base and middle […]

How to Clean and Apply DWR to a Dry Suit

Seasonal cleaning and applying of DWR to your sailing dry suit will help keep it tip top shape for many seasons. What is DWR? DWR (Durable Water Repellent) is a treatment that is applied by manufacturers to the outer fabric of waterproof-breathable foul weather gear – jackets, trousers, dry suits, spray tops, etc. The DWR chemicals bond with the individual fibers in the threads of the fabric and prevent water from soaking into the threads and ‘wetting out’.  Instead, they […]

How to Maintain and Protect Sailing Dry Suit Seals

Maintaining and protecting your sailing dry suit seals will add life to your dry suit. We will show you how to: Prevent seal dry rot Reduce seal UV degradation from the sun Prevent seals from ‘melting’ during storage Reduce stress on seals when putting on a dry suit Dry Suit Maintenance Products These are the items you will want to keep in your gear bag: UV Tech – This is a water-based protectant and re-plasticizer for latex rubber.  The naturally […]

How to Trim Sailing Dry Suit Seals to Size

Types of Seals   Sailing dry suit seals are either natural latex rubber or neoprene.  Latex seals are thin, light, flexible and comfortable against the skin, but can be torn if used incorrectly.  Neoprene seals are made from the same material used to make wetsuits; and are generally 1/8” – 3/16” (3 – 5mm) thick, making them bulkier than latex seals.  They are smooth neoprene on the inside for sealing to the skin and faced with nylon on the outside […]

How to Clean and Lubricate a Dry Suit Zipper

Proper zipper maintenance for your dry suit will extend life and quality of the suit. We will show you how to: Lubricate a zipper Clean a zipper Zipper Types There are two basic types of waterproof sippers used on sailing dry suits.  The brass tooth zipper (or gas zipper) has been around for over 50+ years and is hard wearing, but not a flexible as a plastic zipper.  The T-Zip plastic tooth waterproof zipper is flexible and lightweight but has […]

How to Renew Water Repellency to your Sailing Foul Weather Gear

We love that foul weather rain gear keeps us dry while allowing moisture to escape but because of these two key features, its unfortunately not built to last forever. If it was it would be as stiff as a board and wouldn’t breathe at all. Actually it would be a lot like foul weather gear 30 years ago. Fortunately waterproofing technology has come a long way since then and we have a few tricks to offer that will help your waterproof rain gear stay […]

How to Pack, Store, Zip, and Seal your Sailing Drysuit

There’s no getting around it, a reliable sailing drysuit is a major investment. But if you carve out some time for drysuit maintenance at the start and end of your sailing season – you should get several years of serviceable life out of your suit. Money well spent in my mind if the alternative is staying on dry land all winter long! In the video above, APS President Kyle Gross will share with you some tips and tricks he’s learned (sometimes […]