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Drying a Drysuit

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by eweingarden, Mar 15, 2021.

  1. eweingarden

    eweingarden Contributor

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    I just received my new Seaskin Nova with integrated, hard sole boots. I haven't dived in it yet (still a bit cold in the Northeast), but want to get setup to be able to dry it properly, especially the boots. I know some people use a HangAir, while others turn the suit upside down and hang it either with a drysuit hanger for the boots, or a self made PVC apparatus. So, my questions are:
    1. Does it make a difference - right side up vs upside down?
    2. Does the Hangair do a good job in getting the boots dry?
    3. Is a boot dryer with heated air ok to use, or, will the heat have an adverse effect on the inner seams and taping?
    Thanks
     
  2. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    It seems unusually warm for winter up here to me. The winds on the other hand are getting really annoying.

    I hang mine up with a dry air right side out. I'm curious as to what others do.
     
  3. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    "! Read the DUI Owner’s Manual on the best way to care for your drysuit. It’s free and available for download on our website. With proper care your drysuit will last years."

    They say electric motors create ozone which is a bad thing for drysuit seams and neck/wrist seals.
     
  4. lexvil

    lexvil Contributor

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    Air circulation is important, I only use neoprene feet in my suits (a by product of big feet but would go that way anyway) so if I get the inside wet I can just pull it inside out, for the boot type hanging by the feet is good but have something blowing air around inside the suit.
     
  5. divad

    divad ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    My inside-out drysuit drys over night without fans. I don't care if the outside is damp...if we're going diving, its about to get much damper.
     
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  6. Degenerate

    Degenerate DIR Practitioner

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    I hang mine over a clothes rack, torso on one side and legs on the other with zipper wide open.
    Never had an issue with moisture in the shoes.

    A lot of people hang them upside down but to me that seems like it would just trap moist air up top in the shoes.
     
  7. pickens_46929

    pickens_46929 Contributor

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    I generally hang mine up with the zipper open - never had a problem with it drying out. Been told to allow airflow but don't dry it with a blower or fan. Sometimes if I've had to pack it up for transport, been known to stuff newspaper in the boots. Just make sure you unpack and pull out the paper immediately after travel is done.
     
  8. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    HangAir (hanger with fan in it). Works a charm.
     
  9. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Are we there yet? ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The title makes me think of driving on a parkway.
     
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  10. eweingarden

    eweingarden Contributor

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    formernuke - for sure warm last week. Sharp drop in temps over the weekend. Today...in the teens with the wind chill.

    divad - thanks for the link.

    Thanks to the others for your replies.
     

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