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Quick Change Drysuit Seals

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by Ghost95, Oct 23, 2020.

  1. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Barracuda

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    Morning all. Ihope all is well with you all.

    I have an older oceanic drysuit that originally had latex seals. When the seals finally deteroriated I had neoprene seals installed. I hate them. I don't like the way they feel or seal. I am going back to latex or sillicone. I know someone will want to ask what I don't like about the neo seals or tell me how I must be using them wrong but my mind is made up on latex, it's just what I want.

    My question is, how easy is it to install quick change seals on a suit? Also which of these seals do you like and why? I like being able to have a new set of seals in the kit incase I rip one gettting ready for a dive.
    I'm talking about the SiTech, DUI, and other types of quick change seals.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
     
  2. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    i have the sitech system and quick changed both wrist seals at the dive site before and the neck seal at home. way easier than glue on seals, although i am not sure i would DIY the original installation. the dui zip seals just cost too much.
     
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  3. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Barracuda

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    Thanks for your info. I noticed the difference in price too. I am leaning towards the SiTech seals so far.
     
  4. Gareth J

    Gareth J Manta Ray

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    Kubis would be a better option than the Sitech.

    I've had Sitech's (the round verision) and Kubis, and much prefer the Kubis.

    The other point is that (with either) you can use silicon seals in preference to Latex, which might be important if you are developing an allergy to the latex.
     
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  5. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Barracuda

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    Thanks. I haven't looked into those. I'll check them out.
     
  6. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If you are considering adding dry gloves, the SiTech QCS Ovals have multiple options ...

    from another thread: How i ruined my brand new 2K Bare drysuit..wondering if i can salvage it?
    The WaterProof Ultimas which seem to have overwhelmingly positive feedback. Warning: this is not a "beer" thread. This is a case or keg thread .... Ultima Dry Glove System question

    @Zef 's review on the Fourth Element branded (built by SiTech) Ellipse system: REVIEW: Fourth Element Ellipse Dryglove System

    ETA: So far I really like my Ultimas, but only have 6 dives on them.
     
  7. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I love my Ultimas. I installed the rings on a neoprene drysuit that had neo seals. I did not like them at all.

    Here is my process. It was not a hard install, more prep than anything.

    Round 2 Gluing PU Rings for Ultima DGS
     
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  8. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Barracuda

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    Thanks.
     
  9. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Barracuda

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    Thanks. Not really looking for gloves just seals. I don't see diving in a place where I need gloves for the foreseeable future.
     
  10. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If not looking for the gloves then you can get the Sitech PU rings from Seaskin and the oval Anteras hard rings from Seaskin, along with a set of Sitech wrist seals. All said and done your probably looking at $60 shipped to your door.

    That's how I started, then decided to add the Ultimas later. The Anteras hard ring pops out, the Ultima round hard ring pops in and you would have dry gloves.

    You would need glue from DRiS or home depot.
     

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