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Fossilhunter_Anson
July 11th, 2008, 10:51 AM
I bought a henderson insta dry wetsuit, and the thing is a nightmare to get on, I have to have my buddy help me get in it. Will it get easier in time to get into? Or should I have gone with the hyperstretch?

By the way I'm a bigger guy I had to buy the xxl size to fit me although the legs are a little long on it.

salth2owannabe
July 11th, 2008, 10:59 AM
Give me a front zip everytime. To me they are much easier to get into, especially by yourself. I wish companies would offer more options in the front zip. Sorry about you fit issues.

nwhitney2003
July 11th, 2008, 11:05 AM
Try putting it on in the shower provided there's one close by. I've heard this makes it easier.

knotical
July 11th, 2008, 12:09 PM
Or try a diveskin underneath.

avoidthebends
July 11th, 2008, 12:24 PM
A Diveskin underneath should help. I have also seen people wear pantyhose under a wetsuit to help it slide on.

There are companies that make custom wetsuits also. Your LDS should be able to help with taking the measurements for sizing.

Good luck!

Paco II
July 11th, 2008, 12:37 PM
I use the insta dry gloves, and while I love them for their warmth, even they are a pain to get on and off. I can't even imagine what the fullsuits are like. As others have said, definitely try a skin. Or a different wetsuit ;)

JKPAO
July 11th, 2008, 12:50 PM
Pre wet it! use some sort of lube ie. diluted baby shampoo
See you topside! John

Joe Cool
July 11th, 2008, 03:41 PM
I agree, try a diveskin. I wear a Tilos diveskin under my wetsuit. It makes it much easier to don and doff the wetsuit.

Phil

Paco II
July 11th, 2008, 05:58 PM
To the OP, there is a larger issue here, and that is being comfortable in your wetsuit. If it is just about getting it on that is the problem, a number of solutions have been mentioned. But if you aren't comfortable in general in the wetsuit, definitely get something else. So many options out there, there is no reason to 'suffer'.

Fossilhunter_Anson
July 11th, 2008, 06:07 PM
I bought my wetsuit online at liesurepro i've had it on twice can I even return it? and try the hyperstrectch? or even just get my money back for something else?

RV
July 11th, 2008, 06:28 PM
lycra dive skin

Paco II
July 11th, 2008, 06:29 PM
If you have not used it, and there is no indication that it has been used, you can definitely return it to LP. I believe they have a 60 day return policy on most items. They make it really easy. You will have to pay return shipping, but that is probably a small price to pay to not have a wetsuit you don't like.


I bought my wetsuit online at liesurepro i've had it on twice can I even return it? and try the hyperstrectch? or even just get my money back for something else?

Fossilhunter_Anson
July 11th, 2008, 06:55 PM
I have used it one 2 dives in the springs i like the suit once i'm in it, I just dont like getting into or out of it. And its a 5 mill wont a lycra body suit make it warmer?

knotical
July 11th, 2008, 09:35 PM
wont a lycra body suit make it warmer?Probably not noticeably, if at all. A lycra skin is quite thin.

RV
July 11th, 2008, 10:22 PM
I have used it one 2 dives in the springs i like the suit once i'm in it, I just dont like getting into or out of it. And its a 5 mill wont a lycra body suit make it warmer?

I don't think it will make any temp difference.. it will let you slide right in to your suit though. I use one with my 7mm that is impossible to get in with out it.

SkipperJohn
July 11th, 2008, 10:37 PM
I saw a guy won AFV trying to get into a wetsuit. Netted him 10 grand!

spectrum
July 11th, 2008, 11:39 PM
I bought a henderson insta dry wetsuit, and the thing is a nightmare to get on, I have to have my buddy help me get in it. Will it get easier in time to get into? Or should I have gone with the hyperstretch?

By the way I'm a bigger guy I had to buy the xxl size to fit me although the legs are a little long on it.

You have one of 2 situations, Either it does not fit or your not using good technique, possibly both. Here is a collection of my thoughts on the donning and fitting of suits. (http://home.gwi.net/~spectrum/scuba_wetsuit.html)

Pete

spectrum
July 11th, 2008, 11:40 PM
I have used it one 2 dives in the springs i like the suit once i'm in it, I just dont like getting into or out of it. And its a 5 mill wont a lycra body suit make it warmer?

It is wet fabric with zero for thermal protection. The most it can hope to do is plug up a sloppy fitting suit.

don Francisco
July 12th, 2008, 03:04 AM
Sounds more like a sizing issue, though I doubt that you'll be able to exchange a suit after having dived in it.

In any case, if you decide to replace this wetsuit, spend more time trying on different brands. Like with regular clothing, different manufacturer's suits will fit differently. Some also offer different proportions for height and weight. Hyperstretch may help, but my experience with hyperstretch is that it seems to have a lower R value than regular neoprene, so you might need a slightly thicker suit.

A properly fitting wetsuit will be skintight, but not &$#@%# skinTIGHT, and getting into it shouldn't be an ordeal. Tricks like soaping up, or using plastic bags over the legs help, but aren't a substitute for a good fit.

Fossilhunter_Anson
July 12th, 2008, 10:42 AM
I think I may try the dive skin the suit seems to fit me well once it is on.


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